BIGGER PICTURE: Daniel Ammann is looking overseas for future challenges. Picture: Simone de PeakDANIEL ‘‘the Doberman’’ Ammann may be lacing up for a third Australian cruiserweight boxing title on Saturday night but he remains focused on the international market.
The Stockton southpaw’s last foray on the global stage was halted on February 22 when he lost his Commonwealth cruiserweight title bout in London against England’s Tony Conquest.
On that night a bloodied and bruised Ammann was out-boxed and lost on a unanimous points decision.
However, the 31-year-old’s trainer, Peter Hallett, said there were plenty of positives in defeat.
‘‘He’s just got to come back and learn from that,’’ Hallett said.
‘‘He changed his style around a little bit. He learnt things from it, so he changed his style to suit that type of fighter.
‘‘The little changes we’ve made, I reckon he’s twice the fighter now.’’
Ammann’s sixth loss in his 36-fight career has forced a change to his boxing stance to enable him to move in closer and deliver more punches.
Those changes will be on display at the Townsville Entertainment Centre on Saturday night when he fights local boy Mark ‘‘Bam Bam’’ Flanagan for the vacant Australian cruiserweight strap.
PETER HALLETT on Daniel Ammann
Ammann was the champion until he was forced to relinquish the title before he challenged for the Commonwealth crown.
Not since May 2004 has an Australian cruiserweight title match not featured Ammann.
He has made 10 successful title defences since first capturing the belt in 2006.
The 23-year-old Flanagan is a renowned big-hitter.
‘‘Bam Bam’’ has knocked out 10 opponents in his 15 career wins, his last four victories coming in under three minutes. The last of his four losses was more than two years ago.
‘‘He’s big, he’s strong and he has a very good knockout record,’’ Hallett said.
‘‘He’s a fair fighting machine.’’
If Ammann can successfully regain the Australian title for a third time, Hallett said his protege would again focus on overseas challengers.
‘‘We’re getting ready for the international market pretty good,’’ he said.
‘‘You’ve got to go over and fight those top-quality fights and learn, because if you stay in Australia all your life you’re not going to improve.
‘‘You’ve got to fight the best and improve.’’