Veigel gets all right to fight

BOXING

Wollongong boxer Brad Veigel will fight in Townsville next Friday night on the undercard of Queenslander Les Sherrington's defence of the WBF world middleweight title.

Veigel's opponent in this 71-kilogram catch weight contest is 24-year-old Townsville southpaw Ryan Heck.

"We're going into the deep waters," Veigel's trainer, Brad Gallagher, said regarding fighting in Heck's home town.

Veigel, who has played rugby union and league in the respective Illawarra competitions, has been sparring with experienced Balgownie southpaw Alex Ah Tong in preparation.

"It's been very good. Alex's input with Brad has been outstanding either sparring or after sparring sessions. Alex has been a tremendous help," Gallagher said.

"Brad is tremendously fit. This is his first time over six rounds and he'll do them easy. He's a very hard taskmaster on himself. He sets himself such a high standard.

"He's looking forward to the longer distance. He pushes himself to the limit. We're very happy with his preparation."

Veigel also sparred with classy middleweight Johnny Krishna.

Veigel thanked K & R Fabrications, Kara's Smash Repairs, Harp Hotel and Litani's for their support.

Veigel and Gallagher will fly to Townsville next Wednesday.

In the main event, Sherrington will defend his world title against Randy Suico of the Philippines.

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