VICTORIAN promoter Lynden Hosking is looking to secure as many domestic match ups as possible.
Hosking’s fledgling promotional company, Hosking Promotions, will host their seventh professional event and the third installment of the aptly titled ‘Punches at the Park’ series on Saturday night at the Melbourne Park Function Centre, headlined by an intriguing crossroads matchup between Jayde Mitchell and Les Sherrington.
In an interview with Aus-Boxing, the Bendigo-based Hosking breaks down the stacked card from top-to-bottom. As the former Olympic representative admits, the headline fight came together in unique circumstances.
“This will be our first for the year with four big main events,” said Hosking to Aus-Boxing. “We have a domestic showdown that will headline the card between Jayde Mitchell and Les Sherrington. This will be Jayde’s first fight on one of our cards.”
“Jayde has wanted to get on one of our shows for quite some time,” he explained. “Adam Wilcock contacted me about Les Sherrington being his opponent and it actually took me by surprise.”
“I thought Les had basically finished up. But I heard he had been training the house down and was really keen in kick-starting his career again, so we decided to lock him in.”
“Jayde is under no illusions that this is going to be a tough fight for him and I don’t think you can judge Les on his last outing against Zac Dunn. I just think Zac was a little too big and strong for Les at the time and he only had about three weeks notice.”
“In the end, Dunn was just at another level. Don’t judge him on that – he is keen to go now – and Jayde knows it won’t be an easy fight.”
The seven fight card will also feature former Olympian Ibrahim Balla, who will continue his featherweight resurgence, as well as undefeated former Australian light welterweight champion Qamil Balla. The brothers will face a pair of upset-minded imports in Vergil Puton and Rodolfo Puente, respectively.
“We have Ibrahim Balla on the card, who has a fight against a real tough durable Filipino in Vergil Puton,” added Hosking. “Qamil Balla will also be having his biggest fight yet and he will be fighting for the WBA Oceania title. If he wins this fight, it should set him up for some big fights ahead.”
“The card also has a great domestic battle between Sylvia Scharper and Kori Farr, this should be a real cracker. They had a Fight of the Year contender three years ago and they will be fighting for the WIBA world title. We also welcome back Cherneka Johnson to the show, she has a tough test ahead of her against Carol Earl from New South Wales.”
Although Hosking is happy with the quality of fights on offer, he admits that it is a difficult process at times to keep fights from falling apart. Saturday will also mark the promotional debut of Hosking Promotions amateur events, which will take place before the professional card in the afternoon.
“It’s all about quality fights and I really think this show is evenly matched,” he reiterated. “It’s been a lot of hard work to get this card together – but we love doing what we do though – supporting Australian boxing.”
“We have also got the amateur show starting earlier in the day – so we are calling it ‘Super Saturday’ – it starts at midday and will probably end by midnight. It’s going to be a big day. This will all take place at the Melbourne Park Function Centre, moving forward we want that to be our home.”
“After this, we will probably look to do another four shows and we will look to obviously fill it with the best young talent we can get around Victoria.”
Having signed a handful of impressive prospects to his promotional stable – including the talented Moloney brothers – alongside a host of others, Hosking is hopeful of putting together more fights like the aforementioned headliner between Mitchell and Sherrington.
As previous events have shown, Hosking isn’t afraid to put his fighters in competitive match ups. And this is something Hosking will continue to do in the hope of staging more high-profile fights between Australia’s best combatants.
“First and foremost we want to have Aussies fighting Aussies,” he exclaimed. “It’s quite hard to do this though in the lower weight divisions, take the Moloney brothers for example. There is just literally no one for them to fight here and Ibrahim Balla is the same.”
“We would love to fight, Nathaniel May, Luke Jackson or Joel Brunker, but in good time we hope we can see that happen. With Qamil Balla, there are options to fight guys like Brandon Ogilvie, George Kambosos and Kye MacKenzie. And we will constantly pursue those types of fights – as I’m not just a promoter – but I’m also a boxing fan and these are fights I want to see.”
“Unfortunately, some fighters want to protect their records and rather take the route to a regional title and world ranking without taking a risk. But our guys will fight anyone, so the challenge is out there from all our guys.”
“Anyone domestically who wants to step up to fight in a domestic match up, they know where to find me.”
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