Jamie Pittman looks to a big 2013 - Interview

Jamie Pittman looks to a big 2013 - Interview
By Daniel Smart, Doghouse Boxing (Dec 17, 2012)

Jamie Pittman
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I recently caught up with world ranked Australian super middleweight and former WBA middleweight title challenger, Jamie “Mr.Business” Pittman and spoke about his elite amateur career, his title challenge to Felix Sturm in 2008, his renewed enthusiasm through his close friendship with world champ Daniel Geale, and his big plans for 2013.

Jamie Pittman is an interesting story. The man from the NSW central coast town of Gosford, is a relaxed and personable character, who speaks with pride about his career to date and his close friendship with IBF middleweight champ Daniel Geale and how that has changed his career.

For those in the boxing fraternity, the name Jamie Pittman has been synonymous with talent and possibility for well over a decade. Clocking up an impressive 111 wins out of 137 amateur bouts, en route to three Oceania titles, three Australian titles, six state titles, and the prestigious honour of captaining the Australian Boxing team at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Pittman has been one of the country’s greatest amateur fighters of all time. He has fought some of the very best at amateur level, 3 world champions in fact, Jean Pascal, Gennady Golovkin, and his good mate, Daniel Geale.
Whilst we were on the Geale subject, this came up…

“I was looking for a new direction in my career and I rang and spoke with Daniel (Geale) and Bill Treacy and was encouraged to come down to the Grange (Boxing Gym based in Sydney, Australia) and try my luck there. I was having some problems personally and the change done me the world of good, we are a really close team down at the Grange and have some of the best coaches in the world.”

Back in 2008, Pittman challenged then WBA middleweight champion, Felix Sturm in Germany, only to lose by 7th round KO. What was interesting to note was it was only Pittman’s 16th professional fight and the Australian admits that he was somewhat caught up in a false sense of security.

“Looking back, having the 15 fights I had up until the Sturm fight, I was sweeping through everyone up until that fight. I just thought to myself, I’m gonna win this fight, these guys won’t know what hit them, I might have been the only one.”

Outside the ring, Pittman has a big heart. Before he went full time in his career, he was working for the Department of Children’s Services in his hometown of Gosford. Jamie was a foster carer for children who are either without parents or with special needs.

"Some of these kids have had it very tough, they've had a bad upbringing," Pittman said. "Some have been sexually abused and others physically abused – my job is to help rebuild those children.

"I tell them at 15 or 16 they are still young enough to finish their schooling and that they can still make something of their lives."

After injury, fight cancellations, amongst other things, “Mr. Business” is returning to the ring after 18 months on the undercard of Daniel Geale v Anthony Mundine on January 30th in Sydney against the strong and talented Zac Awad.

One feels, after all Pittman has endured of late in and out of the ring, that this is going to be a tough night for his opponent. Pittman is a renowned training fanatic, and feels at ease and is finally in a good place in all aspects of his life.

“I am really looking forward to 2013, I am really happy personally, and I try not to put too much pressure on myself anymore. Never felt better, it’s time to do the business.”

Headlining the undercard with Pittman, is unbeaten featherweight prospect, Joel Brunker who is slated to take on the world’s first openly gay boxer, Orlando Cruz of Puerto Rico in a world title eliminator.

Also taking place on the card is Australian Olympian and indigenous boxer, Damien Hooper, who will make his long awaited pro debut. Hooper was a Quarter-Finalist at the 2011 World Championships and was eliminated in the second round of the 2012 Olympic Games in London by eventual winner Egor Mekhontsev.

The fight is available on Optus, Austar, and Foxtel subscribers in Australia on Main Event PPV .

Questions? Comments? Contact Daniel Smart: bellebelle78@yahoo.com.au
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