A teenager who avoided jail time over a sickening one-punch attack at Schoolies last year has agreed to a legitimate boxing match with a Sydney boxer.
Caleb Maraku, 19, was filmed brutally punching his 19-year-old victim in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast in the early hours of November 27.
Maraku was handed a 12-month good behaviour bond last week, after pleading guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm.
After seeing Maraku walk out of Southport Magistrates Court laughing and taking selfies, Sydney northern beaches boxer, Kelly Foley, challenged the 19-year-old to a charity boxing match.
Foley started a Facebook page challenging the coward-puncher to a match, after being sickened by Maraku’s light sentence and attitude.
The 19-year-old accepted the challenge on Wednesday, with the fight believed to be planned in Brisbane for the end of February.
Foley, an accomplished boxer with 25 professional bouts, including three cage matches and 15 knockout wins, said he’ll be ‘teaching him [Maraku] a lesson’.
‘I won’t need to go hard but I will make his life a living hell and right at the end I’ll put one on his chin and ice him,’ he told Daily Telegraph.
Maraku has agreed to give the $10,000 offered to him by Foley to his victim.
‘I’ll take him as deep as I can and make him really think about what he did.’
Maraku’s sickening attack on his victim occurred after the victim and another man were exchanging words on Orchid Avenue during Schoolies week.
The victim was backing away from the other man who kicked him, moments before the coward punch by Maraku.
The teenager crashed to the tiled floor, rendering him unconscious. He was rushed to hospital with broken teeth, cuts to his head and bruising.
‘Caleb you weak gronk get in the ring for our charity scaffolding boxing night?,’ the unnamed scaffolder wrote in a Facebook message shared by Jamie Myer.
‘You think ur (sic) the man jumping a young bloke 3 on 1 … let’s [see] how you go you little b**** c***’.
Maraku replied: ‘Sort it out I’ll come down 100%. Message with the info and dates [and] I’ll see u then.’
The 19-year-old will be on probation for 12 months, during which time he is not allowed to consume any drugs or alcohol.
He was also fined $361 to help pay the victim’s medical bills but was handed no conviction.