The National, Tuesday, May 17, 2011
PNG’s only successful Australian-based professional boxer Kartu “Wantok Warrior” Arang and his management have accepted an offer from number one contender Tommy “Destroyer” Clarke of Queensland to fight for the vacant bantam weight (53 kg) Australian title.
Arang, from Kabwum, Morobe, will make a comeback after a brief retirement.
“Training has been great, I have been doing long, hard sparring sessions with champion Joel Brunker.
“He is a former Australian Olympian and supper featherweight (58kg) and a Commonwealth Professional Boxing champion.
“I’m getting some pretty good sparing sessions, so I am ready for this title flight,” Arang said.
The flight will be held in Townsville PCYC, Wellington Street, Aitkenvale Townsville on Saturday.
Trainer Alex Tui, a former professional kickboxing world champion, said he was satisfied with Arang’s progress in camp.
“Kartu is in good form and has been training hard for this title fight and I am happy to get him back into shape,” Tui said.
“He is hard working, focused and committed to his training and I am confident this young man can put up a good fight on Saturday.
“Also I would like to see Papua New Guineans who live around Townsville to come and support your warrior,” Tui added.
“I think Kartu hasn’t much since retirement.
“He still hits hard and can punch all night and he’s a busy fighter too plus he’s been training very well so far.
Arang retired for three months but he felt the itch of getting back to do what he loves doing – boxing.
Manager Glick Lambea promised that Arang’s team would do their best to ensure their warrior puts up an excellent fight.