IT will be a big day on Nov 14 for kickboxer, Alfred Samuel, in and outside the ring.
The man from Jiwaka, Western Highlands, will be leaving for his biggest professional fight and, also celebrating his son’s birthday.
His son, Benjamin, will turn one-year-old next Saturday on the eve of his father’s trip to Sydney for his fight and Samuel says the joy will be part of his inspiration going into the ring.
“Yes, I am looking forward to the fight but I am also happy for my son’s birthday and will be celebrating it with him before I go,” Samuel said.
“Family and friends, aunties, uncles and relatives in Jiwaka, Port Moresby and Chimbu have sent their best wishes.
“We love him and wish him good health in the many years ahead of him,” he said.
Samuel is scheduled to fight in a K1 match in Sydney next Saturday.
Promoter Mick Spinks from Double Dragon said this was a big event and would be televised for the first time on Free-to-air-TV on HD1 TV.
KB1 promotions manager Stanley Nandex organised the fight for Samuel.
He said Samuel had a chance to progress if he did well in the tournament.
“Nandex has told me too that this is a big fight for me so I must prepare well,” Samuel said.
He has trained hard for the last three months doing runs, pad work and sparring three times a day and is in good shape.
“I am confident and will give my best when I go down,” he said.
However, Benjamin will be another year older and one day when he’s old enough, he will be told the story of the day when his father went away on his birthday for one of the biggest fight of his career.
Samuel will be accompanied by senior PNG fighter Mark Sondo as coach and Mark Sai as team manager.