War in the 'Bool 2 boxer Neekz Johnson hoping to win eighth straight professional fight

PUNCHING ON: Professional boxer Neekz Johnson is one of the main War in the 'Bool 2 drawcards. Picture: Rob Gunstone
PUNCHING ON: Professional boxer Neekz Johnson is one of the main War in the 'Bool 2 drawcards. Picture: Rob Gunstone

NEEKZ Johnson is confident she can extend her professional boxing record to 8-0.

The Warrnambool-based fighter is three weeks out from her next bout on the War in the ‘Bool 2 card.

“I am feeling confident. I am putting in the hard work,” she said.

“My preparation is coming along really well. I am working full-time and training full-time at the moment.

“I am still managing to do two sessions a day and I even did three yesterday. I did an altitude session and rode my bike to work at Mazda.”

Johnson, 22, will fight a Filipino boxer in the bantamweight 53-55-kilogram ranks at the Arc on December 9.

She said she was counting down to the fight.

“The last week out on the Monday I will have my last hard session,” Johnson said.

“The Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I will taper back and relax, have a sauna and massage and make sure my weight is on track.

“Friday I’ll weigh in and Saturday I’ll get ready for the big show.”

The Queenslander, who relocated to Victoria to further her boxing, credited the help of coach Rodney ‘Rudy’ Ryan and his wife Hannah for fine-tuning her preparation.

“I have been lucky to live with Rudy and have Hannah do my nutrition and support me with all of my meals,” she said.

“She knows what she is doing. It’s unreal to come home from work and I don’t have to stress about what I have to have for dinner.”

Johnson, who had over 70 amateur bouts before turning professional, said she had adjusted to her new surrounds, describing her move south as “very beneficial”.

“The first two or three months after coming down from Queensland when it was cold wasn’t really my scene,” she said.

“It took me a while to adapt to the weather.

“The last two or three weeks I’ve come out of my shell and am enjoying myself more and have made friends.”