Titans prop Jarrod Wallace is pleased to be able to combine his new sporting frontier with a cause close to his heart after announcing the Titans Community Foundation and the Titans Physical Disabilities team would be the charity beneficiaries of his boxing debut next weekend.
Wallace will take on Nick Timm at Cbus Super Stadium next Saturday, on the undercard to the “Worlds Collide” main event between Anthony Mundine and John Wayne Parr.
Wallace was joined by Titans PDRL player Noah Robinson from The Southport School to make the announcement today that proceeds and donations collected on the night would go to the Titans Community Foundation to assist with the PDRL team.
“I got a phone call in the off-season to be able to get the opportunity to get in the ring and have my first fight,” Wallace said. “I have had a great six or eight weeks preparing for that.
“Now we have come together and created something special by fighting for a cause, and get the Titans PDRL team and the Titans Community Foundation on board.
“It is really exciting. I am pushing myself to a whole different limit, but I am also getting to incorporate something that I am really passionate about – and that is the boys in the PDRL team.
“My family have really bought into it. My old man, Craig Wallace, is the coach and I got the chance to play alongside some of the boys.
“Now I get to fight to raise money and expand their football knowledge by raising that money, it is awesome and I am looking forward to it.”
While most NRL players have enough on their plate with the strain of pre-season training, Wallace has had to endure extra boxing training on top of his football commitments to get ready for the event – all on top of a hectic home life with three-month-old daughter Kennedy needing his attention as well.
“It has been tough on myself personally – just physically,” he said. “Obviously, I haven’t let it affect football at all.
“I plan boxing training around football, and that has been tough, getting the extra sessions in. Doing it three or four times a day, it has been tough.
“But it has been good – I have been pushing my body to a limit I probably haven’t been pushed to before. At the end of the day, it is only going to help me on the field when I am down in the trenches and things like that. Now I just have to put it together and get in the ring next week.”
Wallace is entering the final stages of his boxing training in readiness for the fight, with only the finest details of his preparation left to take care of – like his fighting nickname, and the song that will play on his entrance to the ring.
Wallace said he would look to his Titans teammates to provide some inspiration.
“I was sitting down talking to the boys yesterday, trying to come up with a song to walk in to,” he said. “I‘d never even thought about that. I have been more worried about getting my punches and defence all ready.
“I might throw it to the boys and see if they can come up with a name.”