By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Ken Reinsfield guides the career of world heavyweight contender Shane Cameron who will clash with David Tua on October 3rd in New Zealand in what will be the biggest fight in New Zealand boxing history. Fightnews talks with Ken who explains about his special relationship with Shane, how difficult it was to make the Tua vs Cameron fight happen, why Cameron deserves to be favorite and the advice Mike Tyson gave him when he worked as a sparring partner to the former unified world heavyweight title holder.
You have a special relationship with Shane. You are great mates and also guide his career. How long have you been friends?
I guess you could call it special. Shane and I have a very honest friendship based on mutual respect and trust. I first met Shane back in 2002 when I was working with Kevin Barry, I assisted with his training and cornered him for his first professional fight. Right from the start we hit it off and not too much has changed since then. Shane is a very easy guy to like, an absolute professional when it comes to his boxing and best of all we share the same sense of humour, which makes working together enjoyable.
The Tua vs Cameron fight is regarded as one of the biggest fights in New Zealand boxing history. Was it difficult to put together?
I did take some time to bring this fight together, Shane threw out the challenge to Tua some 3 odd years ago and we had well and truly moved on, as Tua never showed any interest. We were focused on other opportunities and had a fight planned in Florida when Duco Events, Tua’s new promoter’s, approached us with Tua’s signature on a contract. After extensive and protracted negotiations came to terms, I would’ve liked to have promoted this fight with Knock Out Boxing, but we are happy to finally have the opportunity for Shane to fight Tua. This without a doubt will be the biggest boxing event in NZ history.
David Tua has scored some great KO wins over John Ruiz and Michael Moorer but has not boxed for two years. Shane has been active in scoring good wins over credible American heavyweights. Does this give Shane the edge in your opinion.
Iron Mike Tyson offered some advice to Shane when he was sparring with him in preparation for Tyson’s last fight, he said, “Shane stay active, inactivity will kill a fighter more than anything.” Yes I believe Tua’s inactivity and age will hurt him, but anyone with Tua’s knockout capability is still dangerous. Having said that, Shane has been very active against tough opponents that have seen him rise to be ranked 14th with the IBF and 7th with the WBO. Personally I have worked with many elite athletes and believe me Shane is something special, you won’t find someone mentally tougher or in better physical condition.
After the Tua bout will you be ready to challenge for world heavyweight championship? Your thoughts please.
After Shane beats Tua we would love to take a world title opportunity. However we will have plenty of options to either bring world ranked opponents to New Zealand as the popularity of boxing in this country is on an all time high and Shane’s fights in NZ has been incredibly well supported by the public and the media. Alternatively, if the incentive is right in the US, then we would be looking to fight there. But let me say: Shane is a kiwi boy 100% and he loves fighting down here.