Wes ‘The Captivator’ Capper (born August 20, 1988) has trained and competed in martial arts and combat sports for over fifteen years and has competed in over eighty fights in three disciplines at a national and international level.
Capper began his combat sports career in the western Sydney gym run by John Pedro, the man credited with bringing Mixed Martial Arts to Australian and has fought in everything from greco-roman wrestling, MMA, Muay Thai, kickboxing and now boxing.
The former kickboxing world champion was tired of not being able to make a living of kickboxing and decided to give boxing a go. For years, his fists were his secret weapon in kickboxing and he won countless fights with hard punches. But instead of starting his boxing career in Perth, Western Australia, where he was living at the time, Capper booked a one-way ticket to Las Vegas.
The middleweight fighter worked as a sparring partner for the next seven months, sparring everyone from Mexican and Thai taxi drivers to Roy Jones Jr, Anthony Mundine, Olympic gold and silver medallists, not to mention surviving the most brutal sparring sessions of his career at the infamous ‘dog house’ at Floyd Mayweather’s Las Vegas Gym.
However, Capper’s American dream ended when the team that he had spent months training with decided to go on a fight camp in LA without telling him. He returned to Australia with no trainer, no cornerman and fell into a depression. ‘The Captivator’ lost motivation and came close to giving up boxing. All that stopped him was seeing fighters that he’d beaten succeed. The Australian fighter realised that he was missing the basics and sought the help of boxing coach Billy Hussein, who is widely regarded as the best boxing coach in the country.
Capper’s biggest achievement in boxing came four years ago when he beat Wade Ryan for the ANBF Australian Middleweight title.