Before Covid-19 struck, New Zealand's Cairo George (18-2, 10 KO) was sharpening his skills in preparation for another shot at the World Boxing Union Super Lightweight title.
George, who has captured national and international titles, had previously fought for the vacant strap when he took on Australia's Jamie Hilt last November. However, the fight was halted in the ninth round due to excessive bleeding. An elbow had cut George in the opening round, which was made worse by subsequent head clashes as the fight went on. Hilt ended up winning the bout via technical decision. George was keen for a rematch, but following Hilt's retirement, ' The Waikato Warrior' was matched with another opponent.
"I was set to fight a younger guy Waylon Law from Australia for that title," George said in an interview with The Ali Channel.
"The event was all set up we had the undercards, and stuff all lined up and then Covid-19, it's hit us all bad. I was gutted about that I mean travel restrictions and stuff. It's really holding a lot of guys up at the moment.
"We approached them for an immediate rematch, as soon as we got word from the WBU that we were mandatory, we approached them straight away for an immediate rematch and to have it here in Hamilton. When that got turned down, we ended up getting a fight over the line with Waylon Law, and that would have been mean, that would have been so cool."
The 29-year-old George had researched Law and is confident that he and his Australian adversary would have put on a real show for Hamilton's fight fans.
"There's a fight on Youtube that you could look up of Waylon Law; he had like a Fight of the Year in Australia. He's a badass man, that would have been an awesome fight here in Hamilton and just a bit disappointed that one there now doesn't go ahead. So I am kind of just sitting and waiting for what's next now."
In the wide-ranging interview, George also spoke in-depth about his boxing career and why he places such importance on giving back to the youth of his local community
" I am blessed with boxing I've been blessed to have this awesome gym and have such awesome people here with me. And I think I've just been blessed to be around the right people at the right times and had positive people around me to help keep me going," George exclaimed.
" I don't take my position for granted I feel like I've been blessed with something and I don't take that for granted. So my way of giving back and showing my appreciation for what I've been blessed with is to try and talk to kids. "
Hopefully it will not be too much longer before George, gets his title shot and a chance to inspire the next generation of NZ boxers.
Check the full interview out below.
Written by Michael Clifton
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