Xavier Lucas says a last-minute change of opponent hasn’t affected his preparation for tonight’s headline bout at Metro City. He is still promising a quick finish.
The former UFC fighter was to face Andrew Green for the WA light-heavyweight title, but Green pulled out on Wednesday with a dislocated shoulder.
Lucas now takes on another unbeaten boxer, Luke Sharp, who has stepped in for his Hassan’s Gym training partner.
“It doesn’t matter who is in front of me, Green or Sharp. I will destroy them,” said South Africa-born Lucas, 33, a former Durban policeman and special forces officer who has lived in Perth since 2006.
"Luke Sharp had better be sharp. He’s taken the fight but now we’ll see if he has come to fight. If he has then Luke Sharp has big problems.
"And I don’t want to hear that he wasn’t preparing for a fight, so might not be fully ready. He fought a 10-rounder not long ago and won, and was helping Andrew Green prepare. Not that that will help him on Friday."
Sharp won the IBO Asia-Pacific middleweight title with a commanding 10-round points win over Peter Mitrevski Jr in early July and trainer Dave Hassan said the fighter leapt at the chance to headline the Thunderdome III card.
"He said ’what have I got to lose, I can beat the X-Man’ and that sums him up. He’s happy to fight anyone at any time and this is a great opportunity for him," Hassan said.
Former Australian lightweight champion Steven Wills fights for the first time since March 2012, while former Commonwealth Games contestant John Squillace has his second outing on the nine-bout card.
WA State light-heavyweight title
Xavier Lucas 79.1kg v Luke Sharp 78.4kg
Steve Wills 66.1kg v Alex Ah Tong 66.1kg
Jack Nikich 78.8kg v Nick Wright 78.8kg
John Squillace 90.4kg v Gary Armstrong 88.7kg
Clint Hosking 66.1kg vs Dean Cambridge 66.0kg
Vinnie Caruana 78.4kg v Hanuman Charan Nam 76.7kg
Jacob Santoro 63.4kg v James Kinsela 64.3kg
Jamie Weetch 73.9kg v Jason Lord 74.1kg
Darragh Foley 63.4kg vs Levi Quartermaine 62.9kg