Brock Jarvis is a throwback to a bygone era.
His trainer is a boxing hall of famer in Jeff Fenech, a man who hears stories about fighters training for up to five hours a day. But his protege? He "doesn't train for two".
"What he does in under two hours, those boys couldn't even dream of doing it. I know that. They couldn't do it," Fenech said.
Now Jarvis [18-0] will take a huge step towards a world title shot when he faces Kiwi Nort Beauchamp [18-3] for the IBF Pan Pacific and WBO Global featherweight straps at EPIC's Coorong Pavilion on April 23.
The National Boxing Series headliner looms as a massive opportunity for Jarvis after the IBF featherweight world championship was vacated. The No. 2 spot in the IBF rankings is also vacant.
D&L Events promoter Dean Lonergan says a win over Beauchamp will likely propel Jarvis to No. 3, positioning one of Australian boxing's brightest stars for a world title shot in two to three fights.
"He wants to be better than everyone else, but he always wants to improve himself. He is always pushing, he always wants to go to the next level," Fenech said.
"I'm there trying to say 'stop, that's enough for today' and he wants to do more. It's a battle with him, trying to make him do a little less than too much which he is learning at the moment.
"He is just a kid who knows hard work gives you results and that's how he has been brought up. Seeing him reminds me so much of myself, how I worked, my work ethic. I've had all that experience and knowledge, and I know just how much he should be doing.
"When it comes to work ethic, I hear these guys like George Kambosos saying they train four or five hours a day, well Brock doesn't train for two.
"We do good quality work, we don't do quantity. My belief is why do you want to train for five hours a day when we're fighting for 35 minutes? There's a method to the madness.
"All these guys doing their extra sessions and that bullshit today, in the old days the greatest in history ran in the morning and boxed in the afternoon. That's what we do.
"We're concentrating on when we get to the office, that's the boxing ring in the afternoon, Brock is in the best mental and physical shape he can be in so he can give me 110 per cent every day in the boxing ring, and that's what he does."
Jarvis is on the mend having broken his hand about seven weeks ago but the rising prospect is relishing the chance to edge closer towards his goal of becoming the best in the world.
"Absolutely, it's really exciting. At the moment I've just got to focus on what's in front of me, and that's beating Nort Beauchamp," Jarvis said.
"I can't wait. I watched him with Jeff for a few fights, he's a good fighter and it's going to be a tough fight.
"I haven't been able to spar yet just because my hand is only just getting better but I'll probably start sparring this week. Other than that I've done a lot of running, pad work and bag work."
Jarvis knows Beauchamp is no walkover. The 35-year-old trains out of City Kickboxing alongside the likes of UFC champions Israel Adesanya and Alex Volkanovski. He was once brought in to spar with Jeff Horn.
Beauchamp has the utmost respect for Fenech's legacy and Jarvis' bid to build his own, but he is coming to Canberra with a point to prove.
"Everything they do is based off hard work and labour, I see the fitness and work rate in him. He's a good young lad," Beauchamp said.
"But in saying that, we're ready. We know what he is going to bring and we're over there to put a demolition job on Brock Jarvis and bring the belt home to New Zealand."
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