Kane Watts set for ‘Rocky Balboa’ title bid
AUSTRALIA will have its own Rocky Balboa moment when Kane Watts enters the Accor Hotel Arena in Paris. The full-time plumber and former national titleholder faces an unenviable challenge next month, when he faces menacing WBA cruiserweight champion and unbeaten Armenian Arsen Goulamirian. Watts, 37, who entered the paid... Read more
Nigel Benn injures shoulder, announces retirement
TRUE to form, father time has maintained its unblemished record. More than two decades on from his last professional fight, Nigel Benn has announced his retirement from professional boxing, effective immediately. The 55-year-old was slated to face Australia’s former WBC super middleweight titleholder Sakio Bika on November 23 in... Read more
Michael Zerafa’s unique post-Horn celebration
THERE aren’t many fighters built like Michael Zerafa. The former state, regional and Commonwealth titleholder takes a unique approach to training, which has allowed the 27-year-old to reach lofty heights in his professional career. Zerafa (27-3, 16 KOs) upset the domestic landscape in August, defeating former WBO welterweight titleholder... Read more
Mitchell-Dunn grudge match moves closer
THE biggest all Victorian derby in three decades is on the verge of being finalised. After years of failed negotiations, the paths of world rated super middleweight pair Zac Dunn and Jayde Mitchell seem destined to cross, with a mouth-watering collision on the cards for February. Chasing different versions... Read more
Jeff Fenech recounts ‘scary’ Bangkok heart surgery
JEFF Fenech is back in Australia after surviving a life-threatening scare in Thailand. Speaking from his home in Sydney, the former three-division titleholder revealed the seriousness of his surgery, despite not knowing the original cause. “They’ve done so many tests, and they can’t find where the infection started,” Fenech... Read more
Jeff Fenech hospitalised, heart surgery to follow
KNOWN as Australia’s greatest ever pugilist, Jeff Fenech has an entirely different fight on his hands. The Hall of Famer is in Bangkok, Thailand, as part of a training camp with his team of boxers, which includes the likes of world rated super bantamweight Brock Jarvis and welterweight slugger... Read more
Team Zerafa believe Horn has ‘no business at middleweight’
THE manager of Michael Zerafa has questioned Jeff Horn’s team following their decision to pursue an immediate rematch. Brendan Bourke, who manages the likes of former world title challenger Blake Caparello and Zerafa among others, believes Horn has been ill-advised in exercising his contractual rematch clause. “Everybody knows boxing... Read more
Mixed reaction to Horn-Zerafa rematch
JEFF Horn has exercised his contractual rematch clause, just two months removed from his shocking defeat to Michael Zerafa. Speaking to a media gathering in Brisbane on Thursday morning, the former welterweight titleholder announced his decision, which sees Zerafa miss out on a proposed world title opportunity against Ryoto... Read more
Paul Gallen and Barry Hall sign for footy code clash
AFTER years of temptation, former AFL star and premiership player Barry Hall will make his professional debut. The 42-year-old, best known for his footballing pursuits with St Kilda, Sydney Swans and later the Western Bulldogs, will face unbeaten heavyweight and fellow footy convert Paul Gallen in Melbourne on November... Read more
Father and Son: Kostya and Tim discuss the journey
IF Tim Tszyu can mirror the life of sacrifice that made his fighting father boxing royalty, a successful career of his own awaits. For the first time in three years, Kostya Tszyu finds himself in Sydney, in familiar surroundings and amongst many of the boxing identities that helped him... Read more