Ibrahim Balla on move up in weight: “I’m now doing featherweight comfortably”
IBRAHIM Balla has long been touted as one of the best products to emerge from the infamous Australian Olympic team that competed in London in 2012. Blessed with the ability to render opponents unconscious with glancing blows, and a natural poise befitting to someone of his frame. The humble... Read more
Brock Jarvis on career development, giving exciting performances
THEY say you are only as good as the company you keep. If this is truly the case, Sydney-based pocket dynamo Brock Jarvis finds himself in a great position. The softly spoken prospect has been given the privilege of learning from boxing royalty in the form of Jeff Fenech,... Read more
Sakio Bika headlines stacked card on October 28
A stacked card featuring nothing but title fights is headed to Sydney on October 28th. Former WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika (33-7-3, 22 KOs) will headline a memorable night at Sydney’s Olympic Park precinct against a yet-to-be-named opponent. The card will also feature a salivating co-main event between... Read more
Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao inch closer to rematch
A high-profile rematch appears imminent for Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao. After breaking the bank to secure their first meeting, Brisbane is the front-runner to land a potential November rematch for Horn’s recently acquired WBO welterweight championship, which he took from eight-division titleholder Pacquiao in front of more than... Read more
Five for 2017: Jeff Horn vs. Manny Pacquiao 2
JEFF Horn’s upset win over legendary eight division titleholder Manny Pacquiao will forever be apart of Australian sporting folklore. Horn, 29, overcame great odds and captured the hearts of the viewing audience by surviving a hellacious ninth round from the Future Hall of Famer Pacquiao, before being declared the... Read more
Five for 2017: Kris George vs. Jack Brubaker
CIRCUMSTANCES have made a fight between Kris George and Jack Brubaker a can’t-miss option to decipher who is the second best welterweight in the country. Having captured the WBO welterweight championship in glorious fashion by dethroning legendary eight-division titleholder Manny Pacquiao, Jeff Horn has understandably cemented his place as... Read more
Sakio Bika recaps Sharp win, aims for second WBC title reign
A rejuvenated Sakio Bika is looking remain active while he pursues an elusive second reign as WBC super middleweight champion. Bika (33-7-3, 22 KOs) made his anticipated return earlier in the month on the back of a two year injury forced hiatus. Bika defeated domestic divisional gatekeeper Luke Sharp... Read more
Five for 2017: Bilal Akkawy vs. Jayde Mitchell
A matrix of regional title implications have placed super middleweight duo Bilal Akkawy and Jayde Mitchell on an inevitable path to meet. Since turning professional in 2011, hype has followed the pure punching power of Akkawy, 24, who has accumulated an impressive highlight reel of one punch finishes. But... Read more
Five for 2017: Luke Jackson vs. Joel Brunker
FOR the best part of twelve months, the camps of world rated featherweights and former Olympians Luke Jackson and Joel Brunker have been in negotiations for a fight. In fourteen fights, Jackson (14-0, 6 KOs) has captured national and regional title honours, while establishing himself as a legitimate contender... Read more
Five for 2017: Czar Amonsot vs. Darragh Foley
THE first half of 2017 has produced some memorable moments. But with a plethora of potential big domestic fights still to be made; we look at the best five matchups that could be locked in before the year is over, starting with a shootout between world rated light welterweights... Read more
Renold Quinlan warns Damien Hooper: “I’ll make you retire from boxing”
RENOLD Quinlan will say just about anything to get a piece of Damien Hooper. Quinlan launched a remarkable tirade at fellow Indigenous prospect Hooper on his Instagram account yesterday after it came to light that the team of the highly regarded light heavyweight had been seeking a fight with... Read more
Blake Caparello confirms change of opponent, move back to light heavyweight
WHEN it comes to preparation, few are better equipped in this country than Blake Caparello. The Greenvale-based southpaw continues to his ascension towards a second world title challenge in his home state tonight against late replacement Jordan Tai for WBA affiliated regional title honours. Caparello (24-2-1, 8 KOs) will... Read more
Independent review by WBO confirms Horn decision win
THERE has been a cloud of controversy surrounding Jeff Horn’s maiden world title win. Since being crowned as the WBO welterweight champion, Horn has faced a wave of unwarranted criticism after all three judges Waleska Roldan, Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan favoured the Australian by scores of 117-111 and... Read more
Damien Hooper recaps Umar Salamov upset: “Now I’m ready for anything”
AS the old adage aptly prompts, a dangerous man is one who has nothing to lose. In the case of Damien Hooper, this expression couldn’t be more fitting. Having parted ways with his career-long promotional team at Hatton Promotions and management, the former Olympian entered his unified regional title... Read more
Weigh-In Results: Sakio Bika 75.20 vs. Luke Sharp 80.50
SAKIO Bika makes his highly anticipated return tonight. After an extended period away, the former WBC super middleweight champion faces domestic divisional gatekeeper Luke Sharp for a WBC affiliated regional bauble at the Fraternity Club in Wollongong, New South Wales. The card, promoted by Paul Nasari’s Neutral Corner Promotions,... Read more
Aus-Boxing Awards 2016 – Fighter of the Year: Jeff Horn
JEFF Horn has picked up Fighter of the Year honours for the second consecutive year. The 29-year-old schoolteacher had a signature twelve months in 2016, winning all of his three appearances for the year, with all three of those impressive wins coming inside the distance. Under the guidance of... Read more
Jeff Horn dethrones Manny Pacquiao in memorable upset
JEFF Horn has entered Australian sporting folklore after scoring a famous upset win over Manny Pacquiao. We will be hard-pressed to find a more thrilling and seesawing twelve rounds than those that were witnessed by a record 51,052 spectators at Suncorp Stadium on a picturesque Brisbane afternoon. Even the... Read more
Live Blog: Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn
AFTER months of anticipation, the biggest fight in Australian boxing history is here. Undefeated challenger and Australian underdog Jeff Horn will attempt to score one of the biggest upsets in boxing when he faces eight-division titleholder Manny Pacquiao for his WBO welterweight crown in front of a record crowd... Read more
Weigh-In Results: Manny Pacquiao 146 lbs vs. Jeff Horn 147 lbs
MANNY Pacquiao and Jeff Horn have made weight ahead of their WBO welterweight title collision on Sunday afternoon. Both Pacquiao and Horn weighed inside the welterweight limit, with the challenger tipping the scales right on the welterweight limit. Meanwhile, the 38-year-old Pacquiao was a pound under the 147 lbs... Read more
Our Experts Decide: Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn
THE biggest fight in Australian boxing history will take place on Sunday afternoon at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium. Unlikely world title challenger and undefeated underdog Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) challenges future Hall of Famer and eight division titleholder Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) for his recently acquired WBO welterweight... Read more
Aus-Boxing Awards 2016 – Fight of the Year: Bilal Akkawy vs. Kerry Hope
A well-travelled professional career across Europe earned Kerry Hope a short reign as European middleweight champion. Furthermore, the relocated Welshman (23-9, 2 KOs) established a reputation as a gritty road warrior that would more often than not give prospects their first legitimate test in the paid ranks. Enter Bilal... Read more
Skinny Hussein weighs in on Pacquiao-Horn
NEDAL ‘Skinny’ Hussein knows a thing or two about Manny Pacquiao and when he has something to say about the man, people generally listen. Hussein’s time as a top contender was an exciting one. He faced off with many great fighters during his career but it was his controversial... Read more
Highlighting Jeff Horn’s unpractical rise towards Manny Pacquiao
THERE has been a quiet unpracticality surrounding the ascension of Jeff Horn. No Australian-born fighter has followed the blueprint adopted by the Brisbane-based Horn and his team. The trajectory of his career, which was essentially all systems go from his fourth professional fight onwards, saw him rise to the... Read more
Aus-Boxing Awards 2016 – Prospect of the Year: Andrew Moloney
WHEN deciphering the difference between a prospect and contender, it is sometimes difficult to see the blurred line between the two. However, in the case of world rated bantamweight Andrew Moloney, never has there been a clearer outright owner to the above honours, the Action Fitness Centre Prospect of... Read more
George Kambosos Jr. predicts Pacquiao knockout “within six rounds”
GEORGE Kambosos Jr. has given his prediction for the biggest fight in Australian boxing history, and it doesn’t end well for Jeff Horn. After spending the last four weeks in the Philippines as the main sparring partner to eleven-time world champion, Manny Pacquiao, Kambosos has made it clear that... Read more
Aus-Boxing Awards 2016 – Upset of the Year: Renold Quinlan
INACTIVITY has plagued the career of Renold Quinlan. Since turning professional in 2008, the hard-hitting Indigenous slugger has fought just thirteen times. So it came as little surprise when Quinlan was tabbed as a heavy underdog against former unified middleweight champion Daniel Geale. Their twelve round title fight, for... Read more
Aus-Boxing Awards 2016 – Knockout of the Year: Zac Dunn
ZAC Dunn was expected to handle Rogerio Damasco with relative ease. The well-travelled Brazilian import had been disposed of in a singular round in a scrappy finish by Kiwi mauler Robert Berridge in 2014, meaning a similar fate was most likely on the cards. The finish didn’t take long... Read more
Aus-Boxing Awards 2016 – Performance of the Year: George Kambosos Jr
BOTH George Kambosos Jr and Brandon Ogilvie promised fireworks ahead of their mouth-watering collision last December. But for all of his trash talk and bravado, it was the unbeaten and world rated George Kambosos Jr. who validated his claims of being the number one lightweight in Australia with a... Read more
Solomon Haumono admits “it’s all or nothing” against Tomasz Adamek
THE shelf life of a heavyweight is arguably longer than any other division. So it comes as little surprise that 42-year-old Solomon Haumono is preparing for one last roll of the dice against former two-divison titleholder and long-time heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland.... Read more
ESPN pick-up US television rights for Pacquiao vs. Horn
AMERICAN cable network giant ESPN has picked up the US rights to televise ‘The Battle of Brisbane’. Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) will make the first defence in his latest reign as WBO welterweight champion against Australian underdog Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) to the biggest American television audience available,... Read more