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Hunter Ioanne ready to fight

By Fraser Stewart

He has been gearing up for this challenge

Moorabbin Rams player Hunter Ioanne will switch the rugby field for the boxing ring on 27 April.

It will be Ioanne’s sixth professional bout and one that he is looking forward to when he goes up against a boxer from Sydney.

“I have been sparring close to three times a week, sometimes twice a day” Ioanne told Moorabbin Rams.

In order to get ready for this fight it meant that in some cases Ioanne had to get up early in the morning to begin his training and it often finished late at night.

“Sometimes I had to get up at four or five o’clock in the morning to go for a run and even at night I’ll go for a run at 10 o’clock,” he said.

“I don’t take any fight easy so that’s why I had to train hard for this fight.”

It may look like that Ioanne primary focus is on his boxing but that is not the case as he is still heavily involved in the Rams and he is adamant that he wants to focus on both sports.

“At the moment I am working out my schedule,” he said.

“I train for boxing full time on Monday ,Wednesday and Friday and on Tuesday and Thursday I am able to go down to Rams to work on my running and fitness.

“It (training at Rams) helps my boxing as well.”

Ioanne has a long history with the Rams starting back when he pulled on the clubs’ jumper in the under-12s level.

He then made his way up to the senior grade, and in the process becoming one of the youngest players to represent the first grade team at the age of 17.

Ioanne said that being around the club made him realise that he wants to stay.

“The last few years when I have been playing for the Rams it made me realise that I don’t want to leave the club,” he said.

“I’ll always be there to support the club no matter what and the Rams are like a family to me and have been since I have been in Australia.”

Ahead of the bout Ioanne is hoping to get as many of his teammates down.

“I am hoping to get all the numbers down there and get all the boys to support me.”

Tickets will cost $70 for general admission. Tables of ten are $1500 ($150 each) which includes a three course meal.

Updated 03:46 - 13 Apr 2019 by Ian Nathan

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