By Tommy Watt
Boxing is a sport that constantly throws out uplifting and often inspiring stories of personal achievement and triumph and indeed almost every fighter has an intriguing tale to tell and sometimes Boxing can throw out an unexpected story of teamwork and togetherness, which is what we see in the tight-knit team of Ben Savva and Viviana Ruiz of the Kings Cross Boxing Gym in Sydney.
You may already be aware of Ben Savva and his journey so far as a Professional – he fights for the WBC Asian Continental Title this weekend in Sydney – but you may not know that under his tutelage is a young woman in Viviana Ruiz who, in only a few years of Boxing, is on the cusp of qualifying to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games. You may also not know that their relationship goes well beyond trainer and coach as the pair have been dating for several years, making them rather unique as a sporting couple.
Watching Ruiz and Savva go to work in the gym it is obvious that when the gloves are on, it’s all business. Savva as a coach works tirelessly to prepare his fighters, honing and refining their specific skills-sets and despite the two’s personal relationship, there is no special treatment for Ruiz and this dedication to her craft is certainly paying off. The Colombian-born pocket-rocket has already claimed several amateur titles including an Australian National Championship, NSW State Championship and the State or Origin competition as well as competing in last year’s World Trials. These achievements are all the more impressive by the fact she only began her Boxing career at the tender age of 31! Ruiz will now compete over the course of a few days at the Croatian Club in Punchbowl (Sydney Nov 1 – Nov 4) for a chance to represent her adopted home of Australia at the Commonwealth Games next year on the Gold Coast.
Savva, who himself was a late-comer to the professional ranks, having amassed a strong amateur pedigree in the UK before relocating himself down under, it was only in 2015 that he made his professional debut. However, since turning Pro he has wasted no time in stringing together an impressive run of victories that has already seen him claim the NSW Welterweight Title and with a win on Sunday at The Star Casino, he will also hold a regional WBC Belt – all within his first 9 professional fights. Sunday’s fight against Natthawut Arunsuk is only the next step for the Englishman and should he be able to lay down an impressive performance, a shot at the much-coveted Commonwealth Title may be within touching distance.
To see Ben Savva in action, come along to the Star Casino this Sunday, tickets available here
Viviana Ruiz fights in the Commonwealth Games Trials November 1 – November 4 at Croatian Club Punchbowl