Boxer Clarence Tillman III much prefers Gladstone to his native New Orleans, USA.
Boxer Clarence Tillman III much prefers Gladstone to his native New Orleans, USA. Luka Kauzlaric

Ambitious heavyweight fights his way to Gladstone

NEW Orleans and Gladstone have absolutely nothing in common, and that is precisely why boxer Clarence Tillman III is here.

Tillman went as far as saying he would return to Gladstone in a heartbeat.

Standing on top of the steps of the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre before the Harbour City Havoc boxing event on Saturday night, the six-foot-four heavyweight said he had moved to New Zealand to get away from the flat and fast-paced New Orleans.

Now in the best shape of his life after reaching 145kg a number of years ago, Tillman is determined to win two world title belts against his opponent Sam Hunter.

"I will win," Tillman said, straight faced and serious.

"I like fighting a lot. It is just a matter of putting in the work I need, which I have."

One of the lead-up fights for the main drawcard of Mark De Mori's bout with Ivica Perkovic, Tillman does not see himself as an outside threat to his Queensland opponent, but rather another boxer who is almost on home soil.

"I have fought in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and even Kalgoorlie - man, Gladstone is so much better than there."