TOPEKA (KSNT) – Nick Guivas and Damon Reed are boxing buddies who push themselves to new heights. And now they’re about to hit the big stage.
“We’re a team in the gym,” said Guivas. “Without this team, one man can’t do this. It takes a team and it’s what we do. He pushes me, I push him. And at the end of the day, here we are and we’re going to go do what we do.”
On Friday night Guivas will be fighting in New York for the WBO NABO Heavyweight Championship, and his home town of Topeka will be in the spotlight.
“There’s not a lot of boxers that come out of Topeka and therefore I feel pretty fortunate to do what we do,” said Guivas. “It’s a LIVE fight, in front of millions of people. So I’m definitely going to do the best I can do. ”
Reed will fight in Minnesota in three weeks, and both boxers are confident that their strengths can help them pull out victories in the ring.
“If I need to move, if I need to run, if I need to stand there and fight I feel like I can do that,” said Reed. “I’m in about the best shape I’ve been in the last 10 years so I’m pretty excited to get the work in. The hard part is training, the fun part is fighting.”
“I’m a small heavyweight,” said Guivas. “So therefore I’m able to move around the ring a little bit more. I’m pretty fast for my size so I’m just going to try to get in and get out and stay away from this big guy. ”
The big guy is 6’4″ Jarrell Miller. He’s 16-0-1 and boxing at the top of his game as well.
“This is a top 10 guy,” said Guivas. “This guy is a top in the world. So for me to get to go and fight a guy like that, and perhaps beat this guy, then that’s just going to put me on the map and put me in for bigger and better fights.”
The championship fight will air LIVE on CBS Sports Network at 8:00 p.m. CT on Friday night. This duo is determined to bring home the hardware.
“You might not put as much work in as you do when you’ve got somebody saying hey man, let’s go, push another one,” said Reed. “Let’s do more shots to the body. Do another 100 pushups, another 100 sit ups. Pretty exciting, pretty nerve-racking, but like you said, when the first punch is thrown, man it’s on.”