PLAYFORD boxer Antonio Caruso completed the fight of his life last Friday night, scoring victory at the internationally televised Anthony Mundine and Danny Green showdown event held at Adelaide Oval.
Taking to the ring prior to the main event, the Northside Boxing Club member defeated Nigerian-born Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Friday Nwaiwu via decision – a remarkable result given Caruso had only completed his first pro fight in August last year.
“It was a massive stage to be on, you are not really going to get any bigger than that in the near future, so even just being in the stadium was one thing, but to be involved was even better,” he said.
The cruiserweight competitor said he, generally, felt calm during the fight, despite some small performance lapses.
“I was pretty confident going into it, but there was points where I felt like I was doing really good and then definitely in the second I thought I dropped a bit,” Caruso said.
“I made sure that I came home strong and that’s what I am known for – my fitness and my strength – so I really pushed hard in the final rounds to make sure I would prove to the judges that I was the better fighter.”
Caruso was strongly supported by his team, family, friends and a huge home crowd, all of which he was extremely grateful for.
“I’ve got a great team around me and great management and coaches,” he said.
“I believe in them, they believe in me and we don’t back down from anything or anyone.
“I had a massive following, even Danny Green’s managers came up to us and said,’I don’t know how the hell you did this, but there is more Caruso T-shirts out there than there is Green T-shirts’.
“I said, ‘mate, you came into my backyard; we are fighting in my state, not yours’, so they were really impressed.”
Caruso said he has no expectations for himself, and he is taking every competition as it comes.
“We are eyeing off the biggest and the best, and I don’t set expectations on myself, I just go with the flow and will see how far I can get,” he said.