ARTIE Kalpidis is the 43-year-old commercial real estate from North Curl Curl who is now staking his claim in the boxing ring territory.
Artie Kalpidis traiiing at the Glovebox Gym in Warriewood ahead of his Australian title fight. Picture: Troy Snook
This weekend the father of three will fight for the Australian super heavyweight crown at the Australia Masters Games in Adelaide.
The 111kg fighter who is currently the reigning NSW champion never imagined that when he took up boxing to keep fit that one day he would be fighting for an Australian title.
“The last time I broke my nose I said ‘I’ll have to get that fixed but I want to have a fight first’,” he said.
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“And I just kept putting it off because I am enjoying the fighting so much.
“l lot of guys my age are probably leaning towards golf but I will keep going as long as I can.”
He claimed the NSW title in April which he successfully defended six weeks ago.
Artie Kalpidis is ready to fight for the Australian title. Picture: Troy Snook
“I like the camaraderie with the guys you train with and challenging yourself,” he said.
“In the ring there is just you and one other person and you can’t blame anyone else, it comes down to what you did at training.”
To prepare for the fight Kalpidis has been working out three or four mornings a week at the Glovebox Gym in Warriewood in and around his work.
Kalpidis’s wife Stacey was a bit apprehensive about his new sporting career at first but is now on board.
She is now trying arrange babysitters for their three children- Eva, 5, Spyro, 4, and Brooklyn, 18 months- so she can fly to Adelaide if her husband makes the final.
Trainer Paul Anderson said the key ingredients for Kalpidis are his toughness and great hand speed for a big man.
“I have high hopes for him winning an Australian title,” Anderson said.
The Masters games will be a knockout competition and Kalpidis will have his first fight on Sunday.
“I haven’t done any tournament fighting before so it will be different, I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.
Via Daily Telegraph