The next 6 weeks is one of the busiest schedules I can remember on the Australian boxing scene. Not only is there a number of quality fights domestically, but internationally we have some of the most important matchups in recent history, with the possibility of multiple new world champions later on in the month and in early August.
Action kicks off this week with Aussies abroad in America and New Zealand, also domestic shows in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
Billy Dib (36-3, 21KOs) launches the exciting month and a half for the Aussies, when the former IBF Featherweight champion steps up to Super Featherweight to face hard hitting Mexican Alberto Garza (26-7-1, 21KOs) at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket Connecticut, USA.
Dib has spoken of how close he was to retirement after his previous fight, a TKO loss to Evgeny Gradovich in November last year, but the 28 year old has decided a move up to the 130lb division will help his career and begins his march toward another world title.
A rematch 7 and a half years in the making, Michael Katsidis (29-6, 24KOs) and Graham Earl (26-4, 12KOs) will battle once again when they meet at the Rumours International Convention Centre in Toowoomba.
Katsidis was the victor in the 2007 clash, when a battered Earl refused to come out of his corner after the 5th round, which saw Katsidis named Interim WBO Lightweight champion.
Katsidis has built a reputation as one of the country’s most exciting fighters in history, taking on multiple world champions across the world, such as Joel Casamayor, Juan Diaz, Robert Guerrero, Jesus Chavez, Kevin Mitchell, Ricky Burns and future Hall of Famer Juan Manuel Marquez. Englishman Earl has not fought since 2009.
The undercard features WBC Youth champion Brayd Smith, Jack Asis, an Australian Featherweight title fight and more.
Horn defends his WBO Oriental Welterweight title against Brazilian Fernando da Silva (32-3-1, 24KOs) at the Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau City, New Zealand.
There are rumours Horn could face former two division and unified world champion Zab Judah later in the year, should he get past Silva.
The card is headlined by New Zealand Heavyweight prospect Joseph Parker (8-0, 7KOs) versus veteran American Brian Minto (39-7, 25KOS) where the Interim PABA and WBO Oriental Heavyweight titles will be on the line. World rated Robert Berridge (23-1-1, 19KOs) also features against Rogerio Damasco (12-1-2, 12KOs).
On the same night fellow London Olympian Cameron Hammond (9-0, 4KOs) gets the chance to return to his hometown and perform at the Moree Town Hall, where he will face the toughest test of his career in Argentinean Alfredo Blanco (11-1, 5KOs).
An exciting matchup between Brisbane based Irish sensation Dennis Hogan (18-0-1, 7KOS) and fellow undefeated fighter Stone Cold Steve Moxon (5-0, 4KOs) takes place at the Grand Star Receptions, Altona North, Victoria.
Hogan is the Australian Middleweight champion, but returns down to the Light Middleweight division after recently being ranked 14 by the IBF.
Also on the card is a Women’s International Boxing Association Super Bantamweight title fight between Shannon O’Connell and Bronwyn Wylie, Victorian Middleweight title fight between Stevie Kelly and Jake Gathercole, and more.