Anthony Mundine announces: “I’m not retiring, I’m coming back”
WE thought Anthony Mundine’s professional career was over. However, the former three-division titleholder made a shock announcement on morning breakfast show Sunrise, confirming his intentions to fight on and pursue a rematch with Jeff Horn. “After reflecting on the last fight, I wanted to sail into the sunset,” Mundine... Read more
Mateo Tapia wants a test: “I don’t need easy fights”
MATEO Tapia has all the tools to compete at the highest level in his division. Signed to one of the leading management firms in the world, MTK Global, Tapia (8-0, 5 KOs) has aligned himself with some major players in the industry. While positive association often equals success, pure... Read more
Mark Lucas on career rebirth: “I’m on my way back”
SIX months ago, Mark Lucas surprised the boxing community with an unlikely retirement. Citing a lack of desire and refuting the politics that flood the sport domestically, Lucas hung up his gloves after an unbeaten campaign in nine professional fights. However, a break away from the punch-for-pay profession gave... Read more
Rocky Jerkic: “I’m happy to be straight in the deep end”
FROM the moment Rocky Jerkic burst onto the scene in 2011, he was touted for big things. A number of hurdles have fallen his way since, but this hasn’t stopped the immensely talented firebrand from working his way back into contention, starting on Friday night. After a four year... Read more
Matt Rose: “We need to stack all of our cards”
DUE to a lack of televised cards, seldom do we see the best domestic fights that could be made. With a relatively small talent pool that struggles for mainstream exposure, promoters are often forced to think outside of the box to create opportunities for our next generation. The progressive... Read more
Adam Copland outlines ambition for the big stage
IN just one night, Adam Copland has the potential to change his immediate future in the sport. The likeable 23-year-old will test his mettle against one of the most regarded talents in his division, facing fellow unbeaten prospect Mateo Tapia (8-0, 5 KOs) at the Hordern Pavilion on February... Read more
Jason Whateley to headline inaugural WILDFIGHTER card
UNBEATEN cruiserweight Jason Whateley will headline his first event in just his third professional fight. The former Olympian and Commonwealth Games silver medallist has joined forces with former world champion Will Tomlinson and his promotional start-up, WILDFIGHTER. The inaugural event will take place on Saturday March 23rd at new... Read more
Five for 2019: Caparello vs. Dessaix
FOR the best part of seven years, Blake Caparello has sat atop the light heavyweight division. Since making his rise to the top of the division domestically in the form of the national title in 2011, just two Australian-based challengers have stepped forward to offer their services. With the... Read more
Five for 2019: Tszyu vs. Zerafa
SOME fights can be made with little effort, while others take time to marinate. A meeting between former Commonwealth titleholder Michael Zerafa and looming challenger Tim Tszyu is one that has been discussed at nauseam. As speculation continues to grow and with domestic opponents running out for both camps,... Read more
Five for 2019: Tapia vs. Copland
FOR the plethora of key prospects currently plying their trade, a big win goes a long way. And while intent is often misplaced with ability, there are instances where application and timing go hand-in-hand. Unbeaten pair Mateo Tapia and Adam Copland are still early in their respective professional journeys,... Read more
Five for 2019: Super Middleweights
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... Read more
Five for 2019: Chua vs. Ng
THE lightweight division has long been ruled domestically by George Kambosos. Having twice beaten his two most worthy challengers – being convincing points wins over both Brandon Ogilvie and Qamil Balla – the division has needed a well overdue refresh. What we think: In a year that saw minimal... Read more
Dennis Hogan concedes: “All the risk is on my side”
YOU will be hard-pressed to find a more apt tagline to describe Dennis Hogan’s next fight than the one currently offered. Every form of media collateral presented by cutting-edge Brisbane promoter DDP Sports has the phrase ‘All or Nothing’ emblazoned across it. And in Hogan’s case, it couldn’t be... Read more
Aus-Boxing forms partnership with WILDFIGHTER
IN a landmark deal, Aus-Boxing will partner with fledgling promotional firm WILDFIGHTER as part of an exclusive multi-event online broadcasting agreement in 2019. The progressive deal will see at least 20 fights staged in Melbourne, featuring a variety of Australia’s best boxing prospects in competitive matchups in the newly-built... Read more
Jamie Weetch takes aim at Hogan: “His grab and jab is boring”
LIFE outside of boxing was a priority for Jamie Weetch in 2018. The relocated Welshman has spent the year focusing on things away from the sport, patiently awaiting an opportunity, which has now arisen in the form of Dennis Hogan on December 12th. Rated fifteenth by the IBF, Weetch... Read more
Rohan Murdock: “I really want to challenge myself”
AN active and healthy Rohan Murdock is seen by many as the best in his division. Having overcome a series of untimely injuries and promotional uncertainty, the once-beaten Queenslander is on the cusp of making a legitimate run at a super middleweight championship. The fifth-rated super middleweight by the... Read more
Michael Zerafa welcomes underdog tag
OVER the course of his professional career, Michael Zerafa has had many labels. From promising prospect to talented speedster, the ascension of the Melbourne-based light middleweight peaked when he captured the prestigious Commonwealth title with a late-notice win in March. And while there are many belts sitting in his... Read more
Anthony Mundine prepared for Brisbane swansong
AFTER two decades in the spotlight, Anthony Mundine has prepared for his sporting swan-song. Notorious for many reasons, the supremely dual sportsman has reached the pinnacle of two codes, earning riches, fame and world title belts. Along the way, he earned a reputation that was more often than not,... Read more
Jeff Horn aims to bury Crawford blemish
IN the space of twelve months, Jeff Horn went from anonymous contender to maligned champion. Last year, the Brisbane-based welterweight capped a remarkable ascension, swiftly shifting from Australia’s best performed Olympian in three decades to capture a coveted world title in front of a record crowd. Although no world... Read more
Andrew Moloney lines up final fight for 2018
WORLD rated super flyweight Andrew Moloney returns to the ring for his final outing of 2018. The highly regarded 27-year-old, who is rated as the consensus sixth best in his division by THE RING Magazine, will travel interstate to face fellow WBA affiliated regional titleholder Cris Paulino on December... Read more
Horn-Mundine secures US coverage on ESPN+
BURGEONING online streaming platform ESPN+ has continued its investment in Australian boxing. After broadcasting two high-profile fights in a four month period, the US-exclusive streaming service has picked up the American broadcast rights for the blockbuster showdown at Suncorp Stadium. Aligned to leading global sports authority ESPN, the service... Read more
Kell Brook makes shock change for Zerafa fight
KELL Brook will enter the final chapter of his career without his long-time trainer Dominic Ingle. The mercurial former IBF welterweight titleholder made the shock announcement last week, opting for a fresh approach to training ahead of an assumed blockbuster meeting with Amir Khan. Before then, Brook (37-2, 26... Read more
Team Moloney recap world title heartbreak
AFTER an incredible twelve-round effort, Jason Moloney was deemed a winner against Manny Rodriguez. Unfortunately, for the now once-beaten bantamweight firebrand, German official Holger Wiemann was the sole judge that offered a scorecard that read 115-113 in his favour. Meanwhile, judges Alex Levin and Alfredo Polanco also came to... Read more
Team Moloney: “The camp has been exceptional”
ONLY time and Manny Rodriguez stand between Jason Moloney and Australian boxing folklore. The 27-year-old’s bold attempt to not only win the IBF bantamweight crown, but to compete with the elite of the bantamweight division begins on Sunday afternoon in Orlando. Although he is widely seen as an underdog... Read more
Jason Moloney awaits crowning moment
HISTORY is in the making for Jason Moloney. The 27-year-old is one of just eight bantamweights selected to fight in the second season of the World Boxing Super Series. The winner will walk away as the undisputed champion of the world. For Moloney, the first step towards divisional supremacy... Read more
Anthony Mundine announces Horn as final fight
IF things go according to script for Anthony Mundine, he’ll leave the sport as a winner. Long seen as one of the most polarizing characters in Australian sport, the accomplished 43-year-old vows to go out a winner in of the biggest events the country will see in 2018. Speaking... Read more
Jeff Horn confirms Mundine collision at Suncorp
ONE half of Australia’s biggest domestic fight has been announced. Former WBO welterweight ruler Jeff Horn was flanked by his trainer Glenn Rushton and promoter Dean Lonergan, confirming an agreement to face Anthony Mundine on November 30 in Brisbane. With the backing Premier of Queensland and Minister for Trade... Read more
Team Tszyu on Zerafa challenge: “It would be a great fight”
TIMING is everything for Team Tszyu. There’s little doubt that the career of Tim Tszyu is in it’s infancy right now but after winning his first eleven bouts, the youngster from Sydney has been under pressure to step things up. Enter, Michael Zerafa. The Commonwealth and WBA Oceania light... Read more
Michael Zerafa calls for Tim Tszyu meeting
MICHAEL Zerafa has offered Tim Tszyu an opportunity to fast-track his ascension with a potentially mouth-watering showdown. The well-traveled Commonwealth and WBA Oceania light middleweight titleholder has proposed a March 1st meeting in Melbourne, as part of a high-profile card at a yet-to-be-revealed multi-purpose venue, promoted by SLB Fight... Read more
Bilal Akkawy takes on America
BILAL Akkawy is out to make a name for himself in America. The big-punching super middleweight from Sydney has been plying his trade in recent weeks alongside Mexican middleweight superstar Canelo Alvarez and the talent that the 25-year-old Aussie possesses hasn’t gone unnoticed by Canelo’s team. First hired as... Read more