It seems after the unfortunate events which ultimately lead to the bout between Anthony Mundine and Shane Mosley being cancelled, people have become annoyed and begun questioning the Australian boxing scene.
People’s patience with Mundine’s bouts, his actions and comments have grown wearingly thin over the years and after this fiasco it seemed to erupt across media and social networking sites. The likes of Jeff Fenech, Danny Green and Daniel Geale all let their opinions be known.
But while this war of words was going on and people were sitting around questioning the Australian boxing scene, a number of hard working Aussie fighters have been in the gym preparing for extremely important upcoming bouts. All the following a due to take place before the year’s end.
This weekend undefeated heavyweight Lucas Browne, will fight in the United Kingdom. Browne is 17W (15kos) and is ranked 15 in the world by the WBC. This fight is an eliminator for the Commonwealth title.
On the 23rd of November, Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios have a world title fight in China. Australia’s own Billy Dib will be the main undercard bout, fighting for the IBF Featherweight world title. Dib is 36W (21kos) 2L.
The 30th of November will see Australian Cruiserweight champion Daniel Ammann travel to the United Kingdom to fight a former world champion for the Commonwealth title. Ammann is a tough a rugged warrior having earn’t his shots the hard way, his record is 29W (6kos) 5L 1D.
Also on the 30th Omari Kimweri will head to China to challenge for the WBC Minimumweight championship. For those wondering about the not so publicised Minimumweight, fighters can weigh no more than 48kgs. The 4 ft 11in tall Kimweri holds a record of 13W (5kosw) 3L.
The 23rd of November will see hard hitting Heavyweight Alex Leapai fight in Germany in a world title eliminator. If Leapai, 29W (24kos) 4L 3D, is successful, he is likely to get a shot at heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko and be one step closer to becoming the first ever Australian to be heavyweight world champion.
The 7th of December will see Australia’s favourite adopted son, Sakio Bika defend his WBC Super middleweight title in New York. Bika has fought the very best in the world and has a record of 32W (21kos) 5L.
On the 11th of December Garth Wood who is just 12W (8kos) 3L 1D, will challenge for the interim WBA World middleweight title. Wood is looking to cause a massive upset and shock the boxing world.
This same card will see the long awaited return of one of Australia’s most beloved warriors, Michael Katsidis.
On the 13th of December two of Australia’s finest middleweights will clash. World rated fighters Sam Soliman and Les Sherrington will battle for the interim PABA middleweight title.
Along with these fights, there are also a number of domestic shows with good matchups. So to those who seem fed up with constantly seeing Mundine, don’t be quick and think of ridding yourself from the Aussie boxing scene, get behind the other crop of talent that we have.