Jorge Kapeen is a throwback to a bygone era.
A slick welterweight for whom protecting an unbeaten 2-0 record means little. A boxer who is desperate to bring his sport into the mainstream.
So it is fitting he will look to do so against a man cut from the same cloth in fellow Canberran Abe Archibald (4-0-1).
Kapeen will look to defend his ANBF NSW welterweight championship against Archibald at the Hellenic Club of Canberra on Friday.
The Capital Fight Show 19 main event looms as more than a headliner on a local show. For Kapeen, it is a chance to reignite the sport before the National Boxing Series event broadcast live on Fox Sports hits Canberra in June.
"Abe and I are both throwback fighters, it's not about protecting our records. It's about challenging ourselves and putting on a good fight," Kapeen said.
"Canberra is our home, we want to represent Canberra and we want big fights here. I want Canberra to be excited about fights, I want to pack out places.
"We've got rugby league, rugby union, basketball, we've got some good things here.
"Why not have something else Canberra can look forward to with some more regular fights?
"I don't want pushover fights, I want challenging and exciting fights. This is the part I love, actually fighting.
"I take my hat off to Abe, his team and my team. Not many people with an undefeated record this early in their career would take this shot, to put that 0 on the line."
Capital Fight Show promoter Nick Boutzos has signed a deal with Dean Lonergan of D&L Events to bring the NBS to Canberra.
Two of Lonergan's prospects will fill the main and co-main event slots, leaving three bouts open for Canberrans to force their way onto the televised card.
Boutzos will still host a full card on the night, however only three will be televised. The message is clear: shine on Friday, and you could be under the bright lights.
Archibald will look to do just that after a shift to Flames Fitness under coach Quinten Brown brought the change he was yearning for.
His weight cut? "Bang on". Sparring? "Exceptional". He's lighter, he's feeling fitter, and "definitely" the sharpest he has been.
"It's something he has definitely wanted and pushed for for quite some time," Brown said.
"We weren't originally looking at trying to fight Jorge, but just so be it. He happened to be the guy in the way so we have to fight Jorge to go and get that belt. He's 100 per cent keen.
"There's the opportunity of fighting on the televised show, so we've got every intention of being on that to promote him further and step up to bigger opportunities.
"With a state belt, we'll be positioning ourselves to try to get a shot at the Aussie title."
CAPITAL FIGHT SHOW 19
Friday: Capital Fight Show 19 - Jorge Kapeen v Abe Archibald at the Hellenic Club of Canberra. Doors open at 6.30pm, first fight at 7pm. Tickets from Ticketbooth.
Full card -
ANBF NSW welterweight championship: Jorge Kapeen (2-0) v Abe Archibald (4-0-1)
ANBF NSW heavyweight championship: Arsene Fosso (3-0) v Patrick Thunder (1-4-1)
Middleweight: Beau Hartas (6-1) v Adam Stowe (6-2-2)
Super welterweight: Alex Cooper (2-0) v Ray Ingram (2-18-2)
Super featherweight: Dylan Hadley (2-0) v Chris Oliver (1-2)
Super welterweight: Ferdi Bartulovic (2-1-1) v Jason Medawar (debut)
Heavyweight: Daryll Hall (2-0) v Rob Baron (0-4)