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Training for the fight of my life

Bilal "5 Star" Al-Ali reports on his progress ahead of his fight at Vanda Promotion's IFS White Collar Boxing event in Hong Kong on 4 September.

This is my fourth show for Vanda, so I know what to expect on the evening itself. My supporters and fans also know what to expect from me: a showman who will win the title in style.

On the evening of my first fight against "The Incinerator" Mattias Hedstrom I was so nervous that my entire strategy went out the window. The crowd and the event got to me that night.

But things are completely different now. To entertain the audience is what I live for. I can't wait to stand behind the curtain, I can't wait to hear my 150 supporters chant my name, and I can't wait to be proclaimed the new WWCBA heavyweight champion.

I am now training mainly in a new venue, Pure gym, so I can get used to a bigger ring. This weekend things will really pick up. Matt Phillips - the 122kg ex Italy rugby international who has had 10 amateur fights - returns to Hong Kong and I will be sparring with him a lot. I have also been sparring with Matt Faulkner, another top athlete with the same type of frame.

I have been very fortunate this time round as I have managed to avoid any type of injury. I have trained for four months straight with no delay. My coach, Matthew Corbette, is the current Australia national and Commonwealth champion, and quite frankly one of the best amateurs in the world. I started working with him two fights ago and his training methodology has been reflected in my progress.

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