Perth based fighter Jamie “The Welsh Dragon” Weetch, returns to the ring on July 8 to continue his journey up the super welterweight rankings in his second fight following elbow surgery.
The all-Australian match up will see Weetch (9-2) tackle Queenslander Will Parsons (8-2), in what promises to be an all action fight.
A victory in the fight could set up some bigger opportunities for Weetch who has been training vigorously in the lead up to the bout.
“The training camp has been good and we’ve made changes to some of our methods to account for past injuries, but I’m fit and ready to do the business”, said Weetch.
“My elbow is not too bad, I sometimes get a little niggle as I only had the operation in late December, but its getting better and better every day.”
Weetch who hails from Pontywaun, a small village in the valleys of South Wales, is determined to make an impression on not only the national scene, but to look outside of Australia onto the international stage.
“In the next 18 months I want to be an Australian champion, an IBF champion and on the road to making my way to the world scene.”
“I’m so dedicated to my training and dieting, and my will power and discipline will only help me to get where I want to be. When I set my mind to something its hard to stop me from getting there.”
The fight game has been in the Welshman’s blood ever since he took up the sport after suffering from bullying. More recently Weetch’s progress has been under the watchful guidance of Manager, Anto Connolly and trainer, Justin Lacey.
“I got into boxing when I was ten years old. My dad made me go because I was getting bullied”, said Weetch.
“I’m lucky to have Anto and Justin with me. Anto offered to help me get fights in the right direction, and with the drama I was having with my elbow, I couldn't fight and he got me the funding for my elbow surgery from MTK.”
“Justin is an awesome coach and he's got me back to the basics. My style is not changing, it's just getting better.“
Trainer Lacey was also quick to praise Weetch, claiming he’s never seen the Welshman in better shape.
“Jamie's training has been a solid camp, a combination of great sparring and conditioning. He's in the best shape I've ever seen him”, he said.
“We've been focusing on defence, movement and staying composed out there whilst working off the jab with good speed.”
“Jamie is a natural talent, he reads a fight better than most and is a very powerful puncher. He has a great eye and counter punching ability.”
“He's as hard as they come and I don’t see anyone being able to stop him achieving his dreams in the sport.”
Manager Connolly also feels Weetch can achieve his goals in the boxing game after his injury, praising his honesty and tenacity.
“This is a big test for Jamie in only his second fight after the injury, but he seems to have responded really well”.
“We are certainly looking at the bigger names in the division, and I feel Jamie is very close to an Australian title shot. I’m confident he’ll be fighting for a belt in the near future whether it’s a Regional or Australian title”, said Connolly.
“He’s got the ability, he’s tenacious and over the past two years working with Justin he has come on so much. We (MTK) helped him out (with the surgery) because we see something in him and what he could achieve.”
“He’s a good kid, honest, loyal and deserves recognition from what he’s had to come back from. Now its time for him to knuckle down and show everybody what he is capable of. If he does what I think he can, I don’t think anybody can touch him.”
CDL Boxing promoter Ty Colman was excited to see Weetch returning to action.
“Jamie is an all action fighter, and that’s why fight fans enjoy watching him”.
“He’s got a chance to do something in his career and he has the right people guiding him, its certainly exciting times for Team Weetch.”
You can catch Jamie “The Welsh Dragon” Weetch in action at Western Alliance 21 on Saturday, July 8, at the WA Italian Club in Perth.