Baff ready to rumble
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
AS a massive audience throughout Australia's pubs and clubs gathers to watch Anthony Mundine fight Ruben Eduardo Acosta tonight, Coffs Harbour boxer Daniel Baff has a chance to make an impression on hundreds of thousands of fight fans.
The light heavyweight is on tonight's undercard in a six round bout against Fiji's Rakesh Kumar.
Stepping into the ring for only the fifth time as a professional after a long and distinguished amateur career, 'Biffa' admits to a few nerves considering how much he knows about his opponent.
"I know absolutely nothing about him, it's going to be a surprise, a real 'wait and see'," the 23 year old said.
"To be honest I don't know a great deal, I know that he got dropped by Yoshinori Nishizawa in his last fight and he got beat by Mundine."
Leading into tonight's bout, Baff has been working hard on a few little things to help him improve his three wins by knockout from four fights record, and he's once again sought the help of Australia's most high profile boxer to get him there.
"The lead-up has been perfect, I was in Sydney last week sparring with Anthony Mundine and that was great, the best sparring in the world really," Baff said.
"It was good for my speed and my timing. He said to his manager that I was very strong and looking good. I couldn't get over how much he's improved though, especially after the Danny Green fight."
Many locals are hoping that Baff can put that improvement to good use tonight and give his career a good kick start in front of a large national audience.
"It's going to be good for me just for getting known really," he said.
"I'm really excited about it and hopefully I'm looking well and feeling good and able to put a bit together.
"Confidence is good but you can't be too cocky."
n After tonight's six-rounder against Kumar, Baff is working towards securing a spot in front of his home crowd when 'Fight Night' returns to the Coffs Ex-Services Club on Friday, December 8.
Baff's father Terry and his company Baff promotions is putting together a night that is sure to entertain.
At this stage there will be at least four professional fights on the card with six to eight amateur bouts leading up to them.
The big feature of the night will be the promised appearance of Anthony Mundine as a special guest as well as the auctioning of some of his apparel.
Inquiries regarding ticket sales and corporate tables can be made at the Coffs Ex-Services Club.