THE health of the super middleweight division in Australia often goes unnoticed.
With several key figures leading the line, including world rated pair Bilal Akkawy and Rohan Murdock, as well as unified regional titleholder Jayde Mitchell, the division boasts an abundance of talent.
What we think:
Despite none of the trio having held national title honours, all three are within reach of a prospective world title opportunity in the coming year.
Akkawy (19-0-1, 15 KOs) rose to prominence after catching the eye of respected tactician Eddie Reynoso while sparring global star Canelo Alvarez in America.
The 25-year-old performed admirably in the gym, securing work on multiple occasions as a lead sparring partner. It now appears likely that Akkawy is being groomed for an eventual challenge for the regular version of the WBA super middleweight title.
Although their builds have been slightly lower profile, Murdock (24-1, 17 KOs) and Mitchell (18-1, 9 KOs) are equally capable at this level.
Murdock, 26, equalled his best activity in four years, having competed three times in 2018. Moreover, Mitchell, 32, solidified his place domestically by silencing Kerry Foley in September.
What the experts say – Ben Damon:
“This is cheating, but the super middleweight division is the country’s strongest and any fight involving two of these three would be world class.
“Akkawy is Canelo’s big punching best friend; Mitchell is a pure boxer with the trickiest hands and feet in the division; Murdock is a world title win away from becoming the most marketable athlete in the country.
“They’re all on different paths but if those paths could be made to cross there would be an almighty collision.”