ON Wednesday night from The Melbourne Pavilion, Australian super middleweight champion Jake ‘The Raging Bull’ Carr meets fellow unbeaten prospect in the big-punching ‘King’ Dane Mulivai.
Mulivai (4-0, 4 KOs) has vowed to dethrone Carr (7-0, 3 KOs) in spectacular fashion – who is making his third defense of his title – given his ability to wins fights by knockout with a singular punch.
Aus-Boxing spoke to twelve industry insiders and got their thoughts ahead of what should be an equally entertaining and evenly-matched nights of professional boxing.
Ben Damon, MAIN EVENT – Record: 2-4
Carr UD 10 Mulivai: These are two guys that nobody wants to fight. Two young, undefeated boxers with big dreams and loads of potential. The advantage for Carr is preparation and stability.
While Mulivai has experimented with multiple different forms of fighting and at heavier weights, Carr has been making his steady rise in boxing to the national super middleweight title. It is a tough fight for Carr, and he is certainly at risk of getting caught against a big strong guy, but I’ll tip him to win it over ten hard rounds.
Matt Clark, Manager/Matchmaker – Record: 1-1
Carr UD 10 Mulivai: What a fantastic fight this is going to be! Well done to Brian Amatruda for putting on such a great fight and I’ll definitely tuning in to it on Fox Sports.
I probably lean towards Jake Carr for this fight because he’s fighting at home and has the experience of going the distance under his belt. Having said that Dane has that one punch power to turn it all around, but I’ll take Carr by decision.
Adam Wilcock, Manager/Promoter – Record: 3-3
Carr UD 10 Mulivai: Great fight and credit to both teams in making it happen. These are the fights that the boxing public want to see. Carr has been brought through nicely, some might say fast tracked but I wouldn’t necessarily agree. He’s been matched very well by his team so far, in stepping stone fights.
This is his biggest test so far, but that said we really don’t have a true boxing gauge on Mulivai. Yes he’s tough, yes he’s a puncher, yes he’ll fight anyone in any code. But how good is he? A pretty even fight with Casey prior to the stoppage is the only real form line. And on that basis I think Jake should show his class with a point win.
Brendan Bourke, Manager/Agent – Record: 4-2
Carr UD 10 Mulivai: Great fight for Aussie boxing so good work by the teams to get this fight set.
Dane is showing some good power in his last few fights and he shows he can carry that power late into the fight. However I’m going to go with Jake Carr via his constant pressure and work rate.
Lim Jeka, Trainer – Record: 1-1
Carr W 10 Mulivai: This fight is a tough one to call Dane Mulivai has some serious power in his left hook and from what I hear this is a fight he’s been itching for, for some time.
I’m sure he’s been preparing for it for some time now in his head. On the other hand, Jake Carr has very good boxing skills and has a good team behind him that has gotten him to where he is now by testing him early in his career. I think Jake has the extra experience and uses his smart boxing skills and team strategy to outpoint Dane in a close and grinding battle.
Power only counts if you can land it.
Lincoln Hudson, Trainer – Record: 3-3
Carr W 10 Mulivai: This is a fight that is more to be won than lost. Both fighters can win this fight – it’s a matter who wants it the most.
Both have very different backgrounds. Dane is a well credentialed amateur who turned to MMA and kickboxing for a while, whilst Jake has been making a big name for himself and attracting a lot of attention by most experts in the boxing community. If I had to choose, I’d have to say Carr by a very slim margin.
George Reno, Trainer – Record: 1-1
Carr W 10 Mulivai At this level it’s all about preparation. In this fight I think Carr wins on points – but it won’t be easy – Dane can pop, especially with his left hook.
With that said, I believe Carr’s overall boxing skills will get him home.
Sam Labruna, Trainer – Record: 5-1
Carr UD 10 Mulivai: This is going to be a great fight and I love where Australian boxing is heading with fighters really testing themselves. I believe that Carr has a better defence than mulivai and will win a unanimous points decision on work rate over the distance.
In saying that I think Carr will be wearing some of the biggest shots to date in the pro ranks, Dane is as hard as nails and is a fighter that can win via knockout. No fence sitting here, I think Jake Carr wins in a war.
Billy Hussein, Trainer – Record: 3-1
Carr W 10 Mulivai: A great fight for both guys. Jake Carr has made a strong start to his career and there are some big expectations of him. He has great management and trainers with his father and Barry Michael. He’s boxing well against each opponent he is pitted against and looks to do great things in the future.
Dane Mulivai is a strong guy for the weight, with a background in MMA/Kickboxing but with a few pro boxing fights under his belt now. He looked solid stopping Joel Casey in seven rounds recently, but Joel is his most experienced boxing opponent to date.
I think Jake Carr will win a close points decision in a tough fight, due to his boxing ability and superior experience in the boxing ring.
Gareth Williams, Trainer – Record: 3-3
Carr TKO 6 Mulivai: I think because Jake is one-hundred percent dedicated to boxing, we will see a convincing win for him over Mulivai. I think Dane is a good fighter with solid power and could possibly catch Jake early if he comes out cold.
But as the fight continues, I can’t see Dane standing up to the ring generalship of Carr.
Jake has a smart team around him and I believe this is another reason why he will win by stoppage.
Angelo DiCarlo, Promoter/Manager – Record: Debut
Mulivai KO Carr: To be honest, this is a fight where Carr has a large work rate but is there to be hit. Dane is in my opinion, pound-for-pound the heaviest puncher this country has.
If Carr relaxes any time throughout the bout it will be a KO win to Dane. This is by no means said with any disrespect to Carr though.
Ty Colman, Promoter/Manager – Record: Debut
Carr UD 10 Mulivai: This is certainly an interesting fight. I’ve watched Jake Carr a couple times now and I rate him, but I haven’t seen much of Dane Mulivai to be honest.
Going from what I can see, I would probably back Jake as he’s had more experience and fought tougher opponents in his career to date. But again, this is certainly a great fight and I will be watching.
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