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
Jason Whateley looks for ‘eventual’ meeting with Jai Opetaia
JASON Whateley plans to continue fast-tracking his national title claims, as his fourth fight in seven months fast approaches. The in-form cruiserweight, who owns four consecutive knockout wins, heads home for the first time since turning professional, facing well-travelled Argentine Alejandro Emilio Valori on October 12th as part of... Read more
Five potential options for Michael Zerafa
IT was a night that many were not expecting. A dominant display of strength and simple boxing skills saw Michael Zerafa comfortably dispatch of former welterweight titleholder and fellow Aussie, Jeff Horn. Although Horn’s eyes were set on a world title challenge against WBA ‘regular’ champion Ryoto Murata at... Read more
Ben Damon talks Tszyu against ‘excitement machine’ Brubaker
A stand-out year for Tim Tszyu could end with an exclamation mark, after signing to meet fan-friendly slugger Jack Brubaker on December 6th. The regional title fight will see Tszyu (14-0, 10 KOs) defend his pair of WBO and IBF affiliated light middleweight crowns in a third consecutive pay-per-view... Read more
Jeff Horn confirms plans to fight on
LESS than a month removed from his defeat to Michael Zerafa, Jeff Horn has announced his plans to fight on. The former welterweight titleholder fronted the media in Brisbane earlier today, confirming an inevitable decision to resume his decorated punch-for-pay career in the same training environment. Flanked by long-time... Read more
Victor Nagbe welcomes ‘inevitable’ Daniel Lewis clash
IN most cases, a fight between two unbeaten prospects would be a topic of hypothetical discussion. But for unbeaten former kickboxing star and boxing convert Victor Nagbe, a potential fight with former Australian light middleweight titleholder Daniel Lewis in December could be an essential part of his development. Just... Read more
Jayde Mitchell pens long-term promotional pact
JAYDE Mitchell has secured his long-term future, penning a lucrative promotional pact with Hosking Promotions. The world rated super middleweight, who has featured in 11 title fights since turning professional in 2014, is on the cusp of securing an inevitable world title opportunity. After weeks of negotiations, Mitchell (19-1,... Read more
Brubaker on Fenech switch: “Jeff will bring out the best in me”
JACK Brubaker believes Jeff Fenech can help revitalise his career. The 27-year-old from Sydney has parted ways with long-time trainer Graham Shaw and has joined forces with the Hall of Famer Fenech after feeling as though something was lacking in his most recent battles. “The past couple of fights... Read more
Will Tomlinson talks building momentum, promotional homecoming
FOR most fighters, having the opportunity to fight at home is often seen as a luxury. For former super featherweight titleholder and fledgling promoter Will Tomlinson, this is something that he looks to offer to his growing stable of professional fighters. Tomlinson’s company, WILDFIGHTER, heads to regional Victorian town... Read more
Bob Arum teases possible Lomachenko-Kambosos clash
OVER the course of his legendary promotional career, Bob Arum has created a myriad of stars. Starting with Muhammad Ali, the Las Vegas-based promoter has played a vital part in creating some of boxing’s biggest names, including the likes of Manny Pacquiao as well as more recently, Terence Crawford... Read more
Jeff Fenech on Horn-Zerafa rematch, Rushton’s future
JEFF Fenech has never been one to mince his words. The former three-time world champion, who now operates as a successful trainer, is regarded by most as the best fighter ever produced on these shores, and is seen as an obvious source of knowledge. The 55-year-old Hall of Famer... Read more
Ben Damon on Brock Jarvis: “He’s got star all over him”
AS the dust settles on the ‘Battle of Bendigo’, a developing storyline that has emerged is the arrival of hard-hitting prospect, Brock Jarvis. The undefeated super bantamweight phenom entered his unified regional title clash with former world title challenger Ernesto Saulong in the midst of an imposing 15-fight knockout... Read more
Tommy Browne calls for best in division
IN terms of staying power, few can match the career longevity of Tommy Browne. Just over seventeen years on from his professional debut, Browne (41-7-2, 17 KOs) remains a relevant figure, particularly in the domestic landscape, facing the best Australia has to offer for more than a decade. Having... Read more
Zerafa not the first boxer to strike it big on the goldfields
Alex McClintock is the author of On the Chin: A Boxing Education, available now from Text Publishing. MICHAEL Zerafa’s knockout of Jeff Horn at Bendigo Stadium may one day be seen as a turning point in Australian boxing history. I’m not talking about the brief gimmick of replacing the... Read more
Glenn Rushton releases official statement
Unfortunately Saturday night was a tough night for us – but I just can’t thank our supporters enough for their kind words. Boxers are a tough bunch – but we’re still human and rest assured, we still hurt. I personally haven’t had a lot of sleep since the fight... Read more
Michael Zerafa shocks Horn in Bendigo masterclass
IT was one-sided, it was dominant and it was prophetic. Michael Zerafa executed a clear and simplistic gameplan to perfection on Saturday night, putting together a near flawless display to ignite his world level ambitions at Bendigo Stadium. In the build-up, the former Commonwealth titleholder told the public ad... Read more
Our Experts Decide: Horn vs. Zerafa
THE spotlight of the mainstream sporting public will be on regional Victoria on Saturday night. Former WBO welterweight ruler Jeff Horn will test the legitimacy of his middleweight credentials, facing former Commonwealth titleholder Michael Zerafa for regional title honours at Bendigo Stadium. We asked our panel of experts for... Read more
Michael Zerafa prepared for career-defining moment
IF confidence is a measure of success, Michael Zerafa has been wrongly labelled as an underdog. Just days away from the biggest night of his career, the former Commonwealth titleholder is enjoying every moment of the build-up ahead of his showdown with Jeff Horn on Saturday night. “The nerves... Read more
Jeff Horn asks Zerafa to put ‘money where his mouth is’
JEFF Horn has middleweight supremacy on his mind. The 31-year-old from Brisbane has accomplished a lot in his professional boxing career but he’s far from finished. The former WBO welterweight champion of the world has his sights set on the big names of the middleweight division and another world... Read more
Luke Jackson signs three-fight promotional deal
IT has been a year of transition for Luke Jackson. The former world title challenger, who now resides out of Sydney, has marked his change of state by signing a three-fight promotional deal with white collar firm, Corporate Fighter. Having worked as a personal trainer out of their Surry... Read more
Terence Crawford backs Pacquiao-Horn result
THOSE in the know believe that Terence Crawford has the highest IQ amongst active titleholders in the sport. For that reason, when the former lineal light welterweight ruler and reigning WBO welterweight titleholder speaks, many if not all listen with attentive ears. The undefeated switch-hitter was a guest on... Read more
Lynden Hosking talks ‘Battle of Bendigo’
THE thought of promoting an event headlined by Jeff Horn never crossed the mind of Lynden Hosking. After less than four years on the scene as a promoter, his company Hosking Promotions has formed one half of the ‘Battle of Bendigo’ showcase on August 31st, where Jeff Horn meets... Read more
Jeff Horn dismisses ‘boy with a man’s name’ Tszyu
ANTICIPATION towards an eventual fight between Jeff Horn and Tim Tszyu is beginning to build. With a potential clash between Australia’s two biggest active names brewing in recent months, a fight that was once seen as a novelty, is started to be seriously entertained by both parties. Speaking on... Read more
Team Tszyu recap dominant Ritchie win
ON the eve of his pay-per-view debut in May, Tim Tszyu was an unproven prospect carrying the weight of expectation. Just two fights later, the prodigiously talented 24-year-old has truly arrived, graduating as a bonafide star at Sydney’s ICC Theatre on Wednesday night. Tasked with the challenge of unseating... Read more
Our Experts Decide: Tszyu vs. Ritchie
THE eyes of the wider sporting audience will be transfixed on Sydney’s ICC Exhibition Centre on Wednesday night. Prodigious talent and unbeaten professional Tim Tszyu (13-0, 10 KOs) will test the merit of his fast rise against world rated Victorian Dwight Ritchie (19-1, 2 KOs) for a slew of... Read more
Team Tapia on Quinlan: “It’s a hard fight, but a good fight”
A breakout moment in the career of Mateo Tapia could take place on a marquee night for Australian boxing. With the wider mainstream public tuning in on Wednesday night to see a litmus test for Tim Tszyu on Main Event, the unbeaten Tapia could steal the show in his... Read more