Travis Hanshaw is playing the ever-so-dreaded “waiting game.”
He relishes the rest but despises the lull.
“I feel like time’s dragging this week,” Hanshaw said on Wednesday, his last day of work prior to nearly two-plus days off until he steps into the ring to face Aaron Quattrocchi for the World Boxing Federation Super Middleweight world title.
Hanshaw predicts that Saturday’s main event could be his last fight at Boyd County Community Center … for a while, at least. The next anticipated step is a bout in Germany.
“I haven’t been this anxious in a long time,” Hanshaw said. “It feels like my first fight.”
Hanshaw carries a 14-1-1 record into Saturday’s duel with Quattrocchi (11-2-1). Hanshaw’s adversary is a unique opponent for the 6-foot-2 Boyd Countian. The Follansbee, West Virginia, native is the same height and possesses speed, too.
“Rattlesnake” has an approach in mind, but he knows he may have to toss it aside.
“I used to go in with a strategy,” Hanshaw said. “Every time you get punched in the face, the strategy goes out the window. I can say what my game plan is, but it never happens like you think it’s going to happen.”
Hanshaw’s training has been grueling and draining but tremendously beneficial. Over the six weeks, he’s sparred against legitimate partners Demetrius Banks and Willie Nelson as Tom Hanshaw and Corky Salyer have prepared the 27-year-old for what he calls his “dream fight.”
“I feel strong and healthy,” Hanshaw said. “I’ve been waiting for this for so long.”
Fan support has reached an all-time high, Hanshaw noted.
“People have figured out how big of a deal this is,” he said. “My goal was to be a world champion, and this is finally my opportunity.”
Hanshaw expects the scales to display the number “168” at today’s 7 p.m. weigh-in at Smokin J’s Rib and Brewhouse on U.S. 60.
Hanshaw called the entire card “the best we’ve ever had.”
Forty-one-year-old Dustin Ryan, of Boyd County, is making his professional debut against Verceil Webster. Melvin “The Romantic Redneck” Russell, of Lloyd, will encounter Portland Pringle. Grayson’s Bill Yates will square off against Larry Knight. Tom Hanshaw Jr. is set to meet Jermaine King.
Cost is $25 for a general-admission ticket. Children ages 2-8 get in for $10. Those under 2 are free. A VIP ticket is $35. Table cost is $250. Contact Mindy Hanshaw at (606) 571-3601 for more information.
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