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Coasting : Issue 1
Determination and grit have taken the local pugalist a long way. A former leading amateur who represented Australia at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Jamie Pittman has risen to become one of Australia’s premier professional super middleweight boxers. Pittman found instant success after moving into the professional ranks, winning 16 straight fights and earning a shot at the World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight title. He had to borrow more than $7000 to fund his title fight bid in Germany in 2008. But Pittman’s tilt at knocking off world champion Felix Sturm in the German’s backyard was unsuccessful when he lost on a technical knockout (TKO). Unfazed by the setback, the popular southpaw has gone back to basics winning fights against Eduardo Jesus Oscar Rojas, and Newcastle’s Josh Clenshaw. In a game where talking the big talk and flashing bling seems almost mandatory for some, the 27-year-old Pittman is modest, quietly spoken and works hard. He enjoys working with young people in his role as a residential foster carer for the Department of Community Services (DoCS). “I actually have three jobs at the moment,” Pittman laughed. “Every week I have my boxing training and also juggle my time between DoCS, and Iguanas [waterfront bar, restaurant and nightspot, at Gosford] where I work as a door greeter.’’ Splitting his work and training commitments can be tough. “Every day, rain, hail or shine, I get up for a five-kilometre run from my townhouse in Point Frederick to Niagara Park and back.” When Pittman’s not in training and has some rare time off you’re most likely to find him at Terrigal. Pittman and his fiancee Lana Maloney like to stroll along Terrigal Beach or relax with a latte at their favourite backstreet cafe. “I adore spending time with Lana,” Pittman said. “Ever since I met her while working on the door at Iguanas we go everywhere together. “We do so much together: sight-seeing trips to Somersby Falls, watching Mariners games at Bluetongue Stadium or seeing the Nevilles play at Iguanas.” Pic: Phillip Hearne Jamie Pittman: For the record 19 professional fights, for 18 wins, and one loss. Pittman has won the World Boxing Federation (WBF) world super middleweight crown, the Australian super middleweight title, the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Asia Pacific middleweight belt, the Pan Asian Boxing Association (PABA) and the Pan African middleweight titles. Pic: Richard Gosling SWIMWEAR TOGS & TANS Boutique The Coast’s Best Range of Swimsuits Open 7 days for personal service • Seafolly • Jantzen • Palazzi and many more! Separates, one pieces & Accessories, sizes 8 - 26, A to F cup fittings & mastectomy suits. Located at 60 The Entrance Rd, The Entrance 4334 4818 Pic: Phillip Hearne
December 15th 2008
Issue 2 2009