ANZ BOXING HEATING UP THIS NOVEMBER
By Tom Watt on Sept 29 2014
On November 12th, Anthony ‘The Man’ Mundine and Sergey Rabchenko face off at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena for the WBC Super-Welterweight Silver Title – and more importantly a chance to become the mandatory challenger for Floyd Mayweather’s World version of the famous Green Belt. The undercard also features Australia’s Number 1 ranked Heavyweight, Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne as he continues to plot his path towards becoming World Champion – The Sydney native is well ranked by the IBF (7th), WBC (6th) & WBA (11th) so a couple of convincing victories will see him at the front of the queue for at least one of those belts.
Then, 10 days later our focus turns to the North Shore Centre in Auckland where we will see the ‘Super 8 Last Man Standing’ Competition featuring a raft of Aussie and New Zealand talent including Australian Number 1, ‘Hollywood’ Brad Pitt (15-1-0, 12 KO); Australian Number 3, Daniel ‘The Doberman’ Amman (29-7-1, 6 KO); New Zealand Champion, Anthony ‘The Bull’ McCracken (15-7-1, 7 KO) and 4-time New Zealand Amateur Champion, Lance Bryant (3-0-0. 2 KO) – All looking to win their share of the $150,000 prize pot. The night also hosts the WBA Oceania Heavyweight Title bout between Shane’The Mountain Warrior’ Cameron and Kali ‘Mean Hands’ Meehan as well as the WBA/WBO/OPBF Cruiserweight Title between New Zealand’s David Aluoa (11-1-0, 8 KO) and Daniel ‘Biff’ Baff (16-2-1, 13 KO).
These two exciting nights of Boxing come at a time when the Australian fans are in need of something to look forward to - we still wait to hear from Daniel Geale on his next move following that devastating stoppage to Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and also from Sakio Bika after he lost his World Title to Anthony Dirrell at the StubHub centre in California last month. - Whether the ‘Super 8’ tournament can ignite the career of the winner is yet to be seen but the success and popularity of the ‘Prizefighter’ tournament in the UK is anything to go by it then it could be an excellent platform to build upon – many up-and-comers have established themselves on the big stage at asuch a tournament and this is no doubt something that the likes of Lance Bryant will be looking to capitalise on.
Even more interestingly there is a chance at revenge for many of the fighters in the tournament with a good deal of history between the contenders. Daniel Amman would no doubt love to avenge his 2011 2nd round KO defeat to Brad Pitt and Anthony McCracken has unfinished business with Amman who has beaten him twice in both 2007 and 2012. – Match-ups won’t be announced until the weigh-ins the day before.
The format of the Super 8 tournament lends itself to big Knockouts and big excitement and with the judges favouring aggression and the ability to push and control the fight we are in for a night of thrills. Add to that mix, both the Cruiserweight and Heavyweight Title action and the fans look unlikely to be disappointed. Tickets are available for the Super Eight competition are available through the link below.
1. FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR.
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