The prospect of trading punches with a former roommate might seem like there's no element of surprise, but Adam Trupish isn't buying that theory.
The Edmonton middleweight will get the opportunity to prove it when he squares off with Regina's Michael Walchuk for the vacant Canadian Boxing Federation title March 12 at The Palace banquet centre.
A two-time Olympian, Trupish has knocked out three of his four opponents since turning pro in October. He roomed with Walchuk (8-1, 2 KOs) on a few international trips when they represented Canada as amateurs.
"That was quite awhile ago, but we know each other pretty well," said Trupish.
"I can tell you this: when the bell rings, it's going to be all business. I'm very excited about this opportunity. Challenging for the title in only my fifth pro fight shows we're taking this next chapter in my life very seriously. This is something I've dreamed about for years.
"Walchuk is a very tricky fighter and he has more experience, but I'm 100% focused on beating him."
Meanwhile, Walchuk told fightnews.ca that he's looking at March 12 as a stepping stone.
"I was comfortable as a champion in the amateurs and now it's time for me to become one in the pros. This is a bout that my manager can use in the future to secure bigger fights for me," he said.
"I expect Trupish to be the same as he has always been, in your face and trying to win with well-placed shots. But I have a game plan and we are expecting to come away with the title."