Coolwell in international boxing debut

By Kirra Livingstone

DANA ‘Deadly’ Coolwell is set for his first international fight when he takes on undefeated featherweight, Afghani Hasib Ahmadi, at Dubai’s Agenda Arena on March 18.

Dana said being on an international main event fight card is a huge boost for his profile on a night which features  Aussie heavyweight Lucas Browne up against American Jarrell Miller.

“It’s a massive opportunity for me and I plan on making it a career best performance,” Dana said.

“This fight means a lot for me because when I perform the way I plan on, it will possibly open up new doors and other fights overseas again.” Dana’s opponent has won all 15 of his fights, including five KOs, but the Beerwah boxer said he is not daunted. “He’s a shorter fighter than me, so I plan on using my reach, speed and footwork to make him miss out, land him early, before I start to sit down on my punches and hurt his body,” he said.

“We started the year just getting as fit as possible and then this fight opportunity came about, and I took it… now going back full time as an athlete gives me another five weeks to prepare even better.”