Maitland boxer Tyson Lantry steps up for his biggest challenge to date

BETTER PREPARED: Telarah's Tyson Lantry admits this week's fight will be his biggest so far.
BETTER PREPARED: Telarah's Tyson Lantry admits this week's fight will be his biggest so far.

For Telarah boxer Tyson Lantry, there's no hiding from it: it's easily the biggest fight of his career.

A win and he's back in the spotlight. A loss and there's a long, hard road ahead for the 27-year-old.

In his way is the highly credentialled, highly experinced, tough-as-teak Tasmanian lightweight Luke Jackson.

The two square off on the undercard of the Tim Tszyu v Bowyn Morgan fight night at Bankwest Stadium on Wednesdsay. It will be easily the biggest crowd Lantry has fought in front.

So, who's Luke Jackson?

He's nearly 36 years old, and boasts an impressive 19 wins from his 20 professional fights.

He's also been the Australian Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games boxing team captain.

Lantry, on the other hand, by his own admission has had a quiet couple of years.

"I won the WBF Australasian title, and fought for the WBF Asian Pacific title, but no, I haven't been super active," he admits.

His loss for the Asia Pacific title was followed by another loss - this one a surprise defeat to Daniel Carr at Doyalson - which didn't just mean a setback in his career, but also some serious soul searching.

"I've struggled a bit, both physically and mentally in the two-and-a-half years since my coach Jamie Pitmann took up a job with the Australian Institute of Sport," he admitted.

"It took me a while to get the right people back around me, but that's falling in to place now. And Jamie has been back for this camp so things have been rolling along nicely. There's no doubt this is is the best prepared I've been for quite a while.

"At the same time he's easily the biggest, most recognised fighter I've fought."

Lantry, who also has a stable of fighters at his Team Lantry Gym at Weston, is quietly confident he can cause an upset.

"I have to go in confident and do my thing," he said.

"I'm a boxer, a thinker. I need to set things up, to not get hit. You get hit a lot in boxing and you won't have a long career.

"I still think I'm on the way up and getting better. It has been a tough couple of years but if I can win this fight, it will put me back in the spotlight with Australian promoters which can lead to bigger fights.

"I'll be seen as a serious threat again."

The Tszyu-Bowman fight card also features former rugby league international Paul Gallen in his heavyweight clash with Kiwi Mark Hunt in another highly anticipated fight.

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