WHEN she began boxing it was to simply help her fitness levels, but now it is a sport which has taken Kylie Fulmer to a world title bout.
The girl who once graced the hockey fields of Bathurst as a Souths junior will step into the ring at Tijuana’s Big Punch Arena to fight for a World Boxing Federation super bantamweight championship belt.
It will mark the biggest moment of her boxing career thus far and Fulmer can’t wait ‘to celebrate our [her BKSS team’s] hard work and dedication’.
“I’ve been boxing over seven years now. I come from competition swimming and endurance sport background – marathon running, triathlon, Coolangatta Gold surf life saving,” she said.
“I swapped to boxing for fitness and found my passion, it just took over my life. I didn’t ever plan to go out there and win world titles or chase belts and do stuff like that, but I’ve been on such a journey the last seven years.
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“To be successful in boxing you have to commit 100 percent and make it your lifestyle, not just a sport.
“I haven’t come this far just to come this far and now I do have big goals in place.”
While the now 36-year-old says “I love and miss Bathurst, it will always be home for me”, her fight against Mexico’s Dulce Galaviz could lead to even bigger opportunities overseas.
“After this fight we will move into USA turf, looking forward to fighting in Las Vegas,” she revealed.
The belt which Fulmer will fight for is currently vacant, but she is determined to ‘bring the belt home’.
She goes into the bout of 10 two-minute rounds undefeated, the 36-year-old boasting a 5-0 record which includes four wins via knockout.
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Three of those wins have come in Mexico this year, Fulmer beating Dayanna Gonzalez, Claudia Vargas Ramierz and Virdiana Perez Mendiola.
Fulmer was initially slated to meet another more experienced fighter with some 20 bouts to her credit, and while disappointed not to test herself against that sort of opposition said: “You can only fight who they put in front of you.”
Twenty-two-year-old Galaviz has a career record of two wins, a draw and five losses.
Galaviz has not won since July, 2016, and her most recent fight she lost to the more experienced Amaris Quintana via knock-out.