Canadian Heavyweight Champion Dillon “Big Country” Carman will be defending his title against Mladen “Monster Mel” Miljas. Tickets range from $50 to $75 and are available at globallegacyboxing.com/. VIP tables are available from $2000 to $3500. The fight will also feature 6 other professional bouts, including the professional debut of Niagara native, Joshuah Lupia (age 19).

Today Magazine caught up with, Lupia, who has been boxing for nine years, to discuss his upcoming match, as well as what’s in store for the future.

What made you get into the sport?

When I was younger, UFC had really blown up and everyone was always talking about the next fight and who was the best MMA fighter.  My older brother and I would always end up scrapping so we decided to join Fight Club Canada.  Once I started training MMA I realized I really didn’t like the ground game (BJJ and Wrestling) and started focusing mainly on boxing.

What kind of training is involved in reaching the level you are currently at?

To be a professional boxer takes a lot of dedication.  I generally train twice a day and try and eat really clean so I maintain my weight. Training usually consists of strength, conditioning, pad work and sparring. Training Camp leading up to the fight is noon at the boxing gym, rest, 6pm strength and conditioning.  Depending on the day, I might go for a run in the evening.

What qualities do you need to be a good boxer?

Hard work. Dedication. Ability to read your opponent.

What are your long-term goals with boxing?

To be a world champion and to be successful financially.

What kinds of thoughts run through your head when you are in the ring during a fight?

I think about random things. I don’t really focus much on what I am going to do during the fight until that bell rings. Right now, we have a game plan, but as soon as the bell rings, I execute the game plan and listen to my coach (Chris Johnson) while I am in there. Obviously my goal is to knock out my opponent!

Do you find it nerve wracking to box in front of a huge crowd?

I always have nerves leading up to the fight, but they are gone as soon as the first punch is thrown.

What does it feel like to be making your pro debut in your hometown?

It feels great! There is no place I would rather have my pro debut.

What other events do you have coming up in the New Year?

I’m taking it one fight at a time, but we have big plans for the upcoming year.