Tim Tszyu to announce promotional alliance
PRODIGIOUS talent Tim Tszyu is set to secure his immediate boxing future. The undefeated light middleweight, who has quickly tallied an unbeaten professional ledger after twelve fights, is on the cusp of announcing a move that will decide his short-term prospects. The 24-year-old recently travelled abroad to the US,... Read more
Jason Whateley: “I’ve got my eyes on the Australian title”
AFTER just two professional fights, unbeaten cruiserweight Jason Whateley is already running out of opponents. The well-travelled former Olympian, who represented Australia at the Olympics in Rio, will headline his first professional card on Saturday night, topping the inaugural WILDFIGHTER bill at The Timber Yard. With the business end... Read more
Victor Nagbe eyes success in boxing rebirth
LIKE many before him, Victor Nagbe used combat as a way to escape poverty and earn a living. Born in Liberia, West Africa, he reached the pinnacle of his sport, plying his trade as a kickboxer, including fights across the world against the likes of iconic pair Buakaw Banchamek... Read more
Team Caparello stunned by Dessaix victory claims
IN the days following his decision loss in Melbourne, Reagan Dessaix’s team quickly refute the decision. With the dust settling on the light heavyweight clash, which was won unanimously by Caparello (now 29-3-1, 12 KOs), the long-time trainer of the Melbourne-based southpaw, Sam Labruna, has fired back. “We clearly... Read more
Dessaix recaps Caparello loss: “I won the fight and everybody knows that”
REAGAN Dessaix is looking to bounce back immediately after losing a decision last Friday evening to Blake Caparello. The ten round contest saw Dessaix (now 16-2, 11 KOs) act as the aggressor in the contest, and appeared to be firmly in control after losing the opening three rounds. Despite... Read more
Daniel Lewis discusses return: “I was 106 kilograms and blown out”
FOR most amateur boxers, the transition to the professional game can be long and arduous. With that in mind, few have been tabbed for success in the paid ranks like hard-hitting former Olympian Daniel Lewis, who makes his professional debut in Melbourne next month. Since topping his division at... Read more
Blake Caparello: “I can’t lose this fight”
BLAKE Caparello has spent the majority of his career sitting atop the light heavyweight division domestically. His domestic reign has been so long and dominant that the idea of a challenge on these shores appeared to be a novelty. After disposing of long-feuding rival Trent Broadhurst in a singular... Read more
Reagan Dessaix: “I want to prove myself as the best”
IT took Reagan Dessaix just one fight to capture the attention of the boxing public. The 22-year-old will look to continue his asension and climb to the summit of the light heavyweight division domestically, when he faces long-time ruler Blake Caparello in Melbourne on Friday night. As his biggest... Read more
Andrew Moloney prepares for world title eliminator
RISING super flyweight star Andrew Moloney is locked into training as he prepares for his showdown with impressive Chilean Miguel Gonzalez. The winner of the world title eliminator on March 22 will put themselves in line for a crack at WBA super flyweight titleholder Khalid Yafai, securing their place... Read more
The Recap: Tszyu and Tapia shine
THE eyes of the Australian sporting public were firmly fixated on the Hordern Pavilion on Friday night. With a lack of mainstream sports to compete against, boxing took centre stage as Paul Gallen headlined a card stacked with competitive and evenly-matched domestic fights. THE GOOD Tim Tszyu Tabbed as... Read more
Tim Tszyu sees America in near future
THE more that Tim Tszyu develops, the harder it is getting to secure meaningful opponents. Just two years into his professional career, Tszyu (11-0, 9 KOs) has already progressed to the level where championship fights at a respectable level are fast becoming an option. The prodigious talent was originally... Read more
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