Michael Zerafa pens open letter
THERE are simply no words to describe how I am feeling right now. Dwight was one of the most humble people I have ever met. We had known each other since we were teenagers, when we were just starting out in the sport. And for the past 10 years,... Read more
National Boxing Series officially launched
THE search for Australia’s next world champion continues with the launch of the National Boxing Series. Having built former welterweight titleholder Jeff Horn from the infancy of his professional career, promoter Dean Lonergan, and his firm D&L Events have launched a new national venture. The series will be built... Read more
Lucas Browne awaits March meeting with Demsey McKean
THINGS are starting to heat up in Australia’s heavyweight division. For the best part of five years, the division has been ruled by former WBA regular titleholder Lucas Browne, who ascended from national and Commonwealth title honours, to the world stage. In that time, fights with the likes of... Read more
Horn-Zerafa rematch begins with heated presser
IF their first fight was a spectacle, the second pairing of Jeff Horn and Michael Zerafa could prove to be so much more. The first leg of their highly anticipated rematch kicked off in Brisbane on Thursday afternoon, with both Horn (19-2-1, 13 KOs) and Zerafa (27-3, 16 KOs)... Read more
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
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