Home Boxing News Alex Winwood planning another statement win over Reyneris Gutierrez on Friday night

Alex Winwood planning another statement win over Reyneris Gutierrez on Friday night

Alex Winwood/ Photo credit: Mike O'Hara/Dragon Fire Boxing

The ambition of strawweight prospect Alex Winwood knows no bounds.

Just two fights into his pro career with both bouts ending by the short route, the 25-year-old from Mandurah in Western Australia is determined to outdo the legendary Jeff Fenech and become world champion in the shortest number of fights.

International Boxing Hall of Famer took just seven fights to win his first world champion. Winwood is convinced he can achieve the same goal quicker.

The next step towards this will be a 10-round bout against Reyneris Gutierrez 9-0 (2) for the WBC International minimumweight title at Metrocity in Northbridge, Australia on Friday night.

Undefeated Nicaraguan Reyneris Gutierrez is ranked number five by the WBC at 105-pounds. Winwood is unranked by the WBC at the weight as his first two bouts took place at junior flyweight, where he is ranked number 13.

The reigning WBC champion is Thailand’s Petchmanee CP Freshmart 39-1 (23) who has held the title since 2020 and made three successful defence. His next scheduled bout is against Japan’s Norihito Tanaka 20-9 (10) in Rayong, Thailand on June 28.

Winwood will be an interested observer, but for now his focus is on Gutierrez.

“[There] has been a rise leaps and bounds in the level of competition but I am proving one fight at a time that this is the level of competition I should be facing,” Winwood told The Ring.

“He is an experienced opponent and is undefeated so I know he will have a lot of confidence coming in to this fight I think it’s a great match up.”

Winwood is managed by Tony Tolj, the same man who guides the careers of the Moloney twins, Jason and Andrew. He joined them in camp in Las Vegas for five weeks and gained invaluable experience in what it takes to be a successful pro.

“It was a great experience,” he said. “I’m really grateful to the Moloney’s for letting me be part of a world title camp.”

In a separate interview with KickBlockPunch, Winwood said: “It’s been an absolute honour and pleasure to be around the twins for the past year in the gym and for me to go away with them and train alongside them as they got ready for their title bouts.

“It was kind of like an inside foresight that not many boxers get to see in terms of what could be progressing in my career.”

The plan has always been for Winwood to move quickly as a pro after a successful amateur career that saw him represent Australia at the 2019 World Championships, 2020 Olympics and 2022 Commonwealth Games.

“Transitioning out of my amateur career I had that thought in my head that I didn’t want to just go in and bash up some poor bastard from overseas or whatever that shouldn’t really be in there,” Winwood said to KickBlockPunch.

“That’s the kind of mentality that [I had] going forward. I was like, look, I’m fighting the best in the world as an amateur at the moment, I don’t see the need to go backwards.

“Hopefully, in a few years [when people look at] my record, their jaws drop and they go ‘far out, he did jump straight in there and he beat all these blokes that had more experienced records than himself’.”