Springfield boxer looking to attract world attention
SPRINGFIELD-based boxer "Banging'' Ben Kite is looking for more global recognition after winning the IBF Pan Pacific Welterweight title.
Kite is on a 13 fight win streak after adding his latest title on Thursday night in Brisbane to his earlier Australian belt.
He is set for a major overseas fight in 2021.
"The world is now on notice," Kite said, after his 10th round stoppage of skilled veteran Danny Kennedy.
"There's no doubt I'm the best welterweight in Australia and now the world is on notice that Banging Benny Kite is coming."
Kite lives in Springfield with his wife Channon and two boys.
Both fighters were bloody and bruised after their 10 round duel at Fortitude Music Hall before Kite floored Kennedy for the second time.
Fresh off his win in September when he captured the Australian Welterweight title, Kite stepped it up a level when he was crowned the new IBF Pan Pacific Welterweight champion.
Kite controlled the action for most of the fight.
However Sydneysider Kennedy refused to go lightly and consistently applied the pressure to keep Kite on his toes.
It looked to be all over late in the ninth round when Kite flood Kennedy with a series of body shots, but the veteran rose to his feet only to be saved by the bell as Kite looked for the knockout blow.
He wouldn't have to wait long with a 1-2 combo coming just 10 seconds into the final round to again floor Kennedy with the ref stepping in to stop the fight.
After the fight, Kite paid tribute to his family and his team on a memorable night.
"Tonight was a big victory to end 2020 and it couldn't be any better with a big belt added to my resume,'' Kite said.
"Thank you to my team, Fortitude Boxing, my sponsors and of course my beautiful wife and my boys. Thank you for fueling me every day to be better and do better.''
Kite will take a well earned break before a big 2021 which awaits.