Boxing: Canberra's Dave Toussaint sets sights on Australasian Super Middleweight title
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Boxing: Canberra's Dave Toussaint sets sights on Australasian Super Middleweight title

This is the moment Canberra boxer Dave Toussaint has been working towards his entire career – fighting for an international belt.

At age 24, Toussaint gets the chance to take the next step in his career when he faces New Zealand veteran Jordan Tai for the ANBF Australasian super middleweight boxing title at the Hellenic Club, Woden, on Friday night.

Canberra boxer Dave Toussaint will face New Zealand's Jordan Tai for the ANBF Australasian Super Middleweight Boxing Title on Friday night.

Canberra boxer Dave Toussaint will face New Zealand's Jordan Tai for the ANBF Australasian Super Middleweight Boxing Title on Friday night.Credit:Jay Cronan

An outstanding amateur who narrowly missed out on representing Australia at the 2012 London Olympic Games, Toussaint has carried that work ethic into the professional ranks.

He is a perfect 7-0 with his most recent victory coming via a knockout win against Steve Moxon in November last year, but Tai will be his biggest challenge.

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The 34-year-old is also unbeaten from seven bouts, including winning the NZ super middleweight championship in February, after making the transition from kickboxing where he fought more than 50 times.

Toussaint admits the upwards trajectory of his career has been a shock.

"My goal this year was to go for an Australian title, I didn't expect to have a shot at an international belt this quick," Toussaint said.

"But I got the opportunity after a good performance against Moxon last year, so it's all coming together and I'm ready for it.

"I have the confidence to take on top fights like this."

Toussaint has quit his job as an electrician to put all of his energy into training.

"I can now put everything into every session, where as before working full-time and juggling two sessions a day, you can't do it because you don't get the right recovery in between," he said.

"Now that I'm training full-time it's great and I'm feeling the effects of it.

"If I have to go the full 10 rounds, I know I have the fitness and conditioning to handle that."

Winning the Australasian title will open doors for Toussaint overseas, but he's not looking that far ahead.

"I'm trying not to think about the enormity of it all, I'm just trying to see it as another fight," he said.

"If I get too far ahead of myself of where it will put me, I might look past what's coming up me.

"Tai's a tough guy and he will be coming for me.

"If I get too far ahead of myself, he might take it all away from me."

Both fighters have displayed plenty of one-punch power in their short professional boxing careers with only three of their combined 14 bouts going the distance.

But Toussaint is also prepared to fight on the outside and wear his opponent down, doing whatever it takes to get the victory.

"I know he will be pressing on me and trying to turn it into a brawl," he said.

"I can fight on the inside if I need to, but the plan is to try and out-box him over the 10.

"If you see the opportunity for a knockout, then jump on it."

Doors open at 7pm with the first fight on the card scheduled for 7.30pm.