Light chases first international title
New Zealand Cruiserweight Champion David “The Great White “Light (9-0 6KOs) is chasing his first international title this Friday, November 2, when he headlines Shane Cameron’s Fight Night.
Light will take on undefeated Fijian Savenaca Naliva (9-1-1) for the World Boxing Foundation Intercontinental Cruiserweight title at Auckland’s ABA Stadium.
Friday will bring up Light's first full year in the professional ranks ending an intense and rewarding 12-month period for the Auckland based fighter.
As gruelling as his schedule has been, the 26-year old’s hard work has paid off, and Light is now in a strong position to mount an international campaign in 2019.
“It feels like the year has gone crazy fast, I can’t even believe it’s a year since my first fight,” Light said earlier this week.
“I definitely prefer it to how most pros do it, when their boxing four or five times a year, I would find that really boring. I think we have done it perfectly.”
Light, who trains under the guidance of former New Zealand Super Middleweight Champion Isaac Peach, is part of a young stable of talented fighters who call Peach Boxing their home.
The team looks set to help usher in a new era in New Zealand boxing, and Light will be one of the fighters at the vanguard of what looks set to be an exciting period for the sport.
Since turning pro, the 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist has torn through the domestic cruiserweight division with such force that his management was left having to source heavyweight fighters for the “Great White” to test his mettle against.
Impressive victories over New Zealand Heavyweight Champion Daniel Tai and former Australian Heavyweight Champion Hunter Sam helped established Light as one of the country’s top prospects.
Friday night’s clash offers Light the first stepping stone to the competitive and lucrative overseas market.
While the W.B.F is not one of the four major sanctioning bodies, it does not diminish the fact that if Light walks out of the ring with another strap around his waist, it will go a long way to improving his world standing in the talent-rich cruiserweight division.
The relentless toll of competing almost every month for the past year has forced Light to focus on looking after himself physically.
“I’ve had to really get into strength, conditioning, and nutrition, and I’m going to the chiropractors,” Light said.
He has recently begun working with a specialist, and the benefits are already making themselves apparent.
“The strength and conditioning stuff is really helping. We are finding out where my weakness is and working on them. It’s been awesome.”
Light will enter the bout confident in his ability to get the job done but also conscious of the fact that the higher he climbs, the more precipitous the fall if he puts a foot wrong.
To that end, both Light and his team are treating the hard-hitting Fijian with the utmost respect.
Shane Camron's Counter Punch Fight Night will air live in SKY Sports 2. The event will start at 7:30 PM.
Full Professional Card
David Light vs. Savenaca Naliva ( Vacant World Boxing Foundation Intercontinental Cruiserweight Title )
Panuve Helu vs. Junior Maletino Iakopo ( Heavyweight)
Robert Berridge vs. Salo Ben Vui ( Cruiserweight)
Patrick Mailata vs. Isileli Fa ( Heavyweight)
Joshua Francis vs. Rob Manual ( Heavyweight)
Photo Credit - Nick Depree