Eubank stops Quinlan

Renold Quinlan was defeated earlier today by Chris Eubank jnr via 10th round stoppage in London, losing the IBO super middleweight title he won with a 2nd round stoppage over Daniel Geale last year. Quinlan put up a brave performance but was ultimately outmatched as Eubank was simply too quick.

Quinlan scored early on with his left jab and also with a solid counter right hand and was happy to stay in the pocket with Eubank, often surprising him with counter shots. As the rounds went on though Eubank took less and less counters and scored with heavier blows. A left hook hurt Quinlan in seventh round and from there he could only show his toughness as Eubank continued to apply the pressure. The stoppage finally came in the tenth round as referee Howard Foster was protecting Quinlan from himself. Quinlan mildly protested the stoppage but it was justified, Eubank was landing with serious leather from the seventh round onwards.

After the fight Eubank (24-1, 19 KOs) called out everyone from Golovkin to Billy Joe Saunders, the only may to defeat him, and didn’t state which weight division he would continue campaigning in. A lot of the media are underplaying this win for him but Quinlan can fight and Eubank thoroughly dominated him. As for Quinlan, I really think he just needs to be more active. He’s got nothing to be ashamed with this loss and hopefully he is back in the ring soon. Fights with either Zac Dunn, Blake Caparello or Rohan Murdock would all be excellent matchups.

Why does Australian Boxing keep doing this?

First of all, I didn’t watch last nights card. The reasons were simple; the main event was a farce, there were numerous mismatches on the undercard and even in the better bouts of the undercard, the winners were all obvious before the bouts even took place. There was nothing I was going to miss by staying up to watch that card last night except for sleep.

The reason boxing will not grow out of being a niche sport in Australia is because it is marketed for the lowest common denominator rather than showcasing what’s good about our sport. By that I mean we don’t get to see the good, even match-ups on television that you can see on non-televised cards in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney throughout the year. That’s because everyone is so afraid to take a loss on their record that the TV slots on the big shows like this are wasted with safe matches. This leaves the casual fan bored because they aren’t getting what they came to see; a fight!
The promoters and matchmakers make up for this by appealing to something these casual fans know; footy players. Instead of seeing a great domestic matchup like George Kambosos vs Brandon Ogilvie, Zac Dunn vs Les Sherrington, Wes Capper vs Wade Ryan or Dennis Hogan vs Samuel Colomban (all fights that headlined shows that were not shown live on nationwide TV in the last 12 months), we get safe match-ups with only one possible outcome (and no punter enjoys watching a contest they already know the outcome of) or we get the worst our country has to offer in the pro ranks, lower level professionals who box for some extra money as well as working full-time and they’re matched up against an in shape, athletic man who has the financial backing to hire the best coaches and the luxury of training full time. These men don’t stay in our sport, they just take the TV slots (and the money that could go to one of our prospects) and go back to playing footy, where they make more money than nearly all boxers in Australia do.

Another issue is that young professional fighters don’t get the chance to learn their trade because there’s a drought of smaller professional shows around Australia. There used to be fight clubs where guys could get even matchups anywhere throughout the country on a weekly basis and some of the profits would be split among the fighters for their purses. The boxers wouldn’t make much but they would stay active, they would learn their trade and work towards big money fights. But now every promoter needs to make thousands of dollars on every show and a fighter can’t get matched unless they sell five times their pay worth of tickets. If they can sell that much, they get matched against opponents who won’t beat them so they end up building a career out of not fighting anyone tough and again, don’t learn their trade and eventually they get exposed. The Catch 22 for the less popular fighters is that a fighter can’t sell that many tickets every time they fight if they can’t get the experience to become good at their craft. There are exceptions to this rule but it seems that the nice looking record and the potential for a huge fight down the track are more important than putting on good fights NOW.

The other problem is the boxing media won’t tell it like it is and call a spade a spade. Tonight’s card was shit. It’s good that the Moloney brothers and Trent Broadhurst got some TV time but not many are going to remember them or want to see them again because they weren’t tested in 50-50 match-ups. If this sort of thing was going on in the NRL, AFL or A-League there would be a riot but it’s boxing and no one cares about boxing.

If you’re disappointed with last nights fights then go to bed early tonight and wake up early tomorrow morning to catch Renold Quinlan’s IBO title fight with Chris Eubank jnr. Quinlan has been fighting the best guys throughout his 12 fight career (11-1, 7 KOs) and has appeared on a couple of Mundine’s undercards. He knocked Daniel Geale out in his last fight and isn’t the 12-1 underdog that he is being made out to be. Renold Quinlan won’t disappoint.

If you’re a casual fan and you were let down by tonight’s show, get to one of your local professional shows (there’s usually at least one a month in every major city) and check out some real boxing. The fights are much more evenly matched which makes for better boxing. It’s not as convenient as watching it on TV or at the local pub but watching a fight live in person beats watching it on TV. If you consider yourself more than a casual fan then get out and support your local shows and even bring some mates along. The more shows on out there the better our product will be when it’s on the big stage and the more likely it will be when it’s on the big stage.

Our sport is better than this.

All Retch and No Vomit; Previewing the Green-Mundine II card

While the focus of Australian boxing this weekend should be on the Renold Quinlan vs Chris Eubank jnr IBO super middleweight title fight in London on Sunday morning (a fight that neither Main Event or Fox Sports thought was worth televising) casual fans will be treated to the farce that is the Danny Green vs Anthony Mundine rematch. While there are some good names on the undercard, including the Moloney brothers (Commonwealth Games Gold medalist Andrew and his twin brother Jason), Trent Broadhurst and David Aloua, any legitimacy was taken out of the show when Quade Cooper was deemed worthy to take up a spot on the show.
Anyway, this is an Australian boxing site and this is, apparently, one of the biggest cards in Australian history so I guess I’m obligated to preview it so from bottom to top, here’s how the card looks:

Shane Tuck vs Ivan Kolar
Kolar (1-5, 1 KO) is one of two South Australian’s fighting on the card so this could be an attempt to boost ticket sales. I’ve not seen him or his opponent Shane Tuck (0-1) and it’s unclear whether this fight will be televised or not.

David Aloua vs Filipi Fonoti Masoe
Aloua (11-2, 8 KOs) previously lost a national cruiserweight challenge to Daniel Ammann on the undercard of the Geale vs Mundine rematch in a competitive fight before scoring a huge upset win over Brad Pitt on the Mundine-Clottey undercard, handing the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist his only professional defeat. He was then upset by Anthony McCracken in New Zealand in a bout for the OPBF cruiserweight title and hasn’t fought since. That was almost two and a half years ago so the lack of ring time means that this is a mere tuneup fight. Aloua’s opponent Masoe (3-11, 1 KO) will have a bit of a size advantage having campaigned at heavyweight in recent bouts. It’s unclear whether this is a cruiserweight contest or a heavyweight contest but Aloua shouldn’t have too much trouble in his comeback bout.

Quade Cooper vs Jack McInnes
The one good thing about this match-up is that it decided my plans for Friday night. I was unsure whether or not to brave the local pub to watch this card or if I should stay home and insert razor blades underneath my fingernails but this fight taking place on what will be one of the most watched domestic boxing cards in recent memory will make the latter a less painful experience. This fight has no right to be on this card or any televised boxing card anywhere in the world. This fight shows that the promoters do not care about Australian boxing or the future of the sport in this country. Instead of showcasing some good domestic fights like ones you might find on the non televised shows in Sydney or Melbourne, we get to see a Rugby player box.

His opponent, Jack McInnes (0-2) has lost both of his professional boxing bouts against much harder opposition than Cooper (Ammann and Mark Flannagan) both by first round stoppage (something that mainstream media haven’t included when they talk about Cooper’s fight). I’m hoping this bout isn’t televised but I dare say it will be the feature undercard bout. If this is the case it would be an ideal time in the evening to either stock up on drinks before the main fight or empty your bladder so you don’t have to rush it between rounds of a later fight.

Tim Tszyu vs Mark Dalby
This is a fight that I hope makes the televised card because Tim Tszyu (1-0), son of Kostya, could be a real prospect. His opponent Mark Dalby (4-12, 1 KO) has been in with some good fighters like Anthony Buttigiedg, Gunnar Jackson and Ben Capps so this is a good test for the 22 year old Tszyu. Tszyu looked good in his pro debut in December, winning every round against Zoran Cassady in front of a good crown at Moore Park. He was very patient and used an active left hand to disrupt his opponent’s defence, much like his father, but at this stage doesn’t show the murderous punching power that his former undisputed junior welterweight champion father showed.

Jason Moloney vs Marco Demecillo
The larger of the Moloney twins Jason (11-0, 10 KOs) continues to gradually step up in competition, facing Filipino Demecillo (22-6-1, 17 KOs). There is no regional title or anything on the line so it is unclear how many rounds this bout will be contested over. Demecillo has lost the three bouts he has contested outside of his native Philippines, including a 12 round decision to TJ Doheny in Sydney in 2015. Importing the opponents is a trait that is often criticised in Australian boxing circles but with the talent pool so shallow in the lower weight classes it should be forgiven with the Moloney brothers as long as they step up in class, as Jason is doing here.

Andrew Moloney vs Renoel Pael
Andrew’s (11-0, 7 KOs) opponent Pael (21-4-1, 11 KOs) is also a good step up. Pael is the reigning Filipino Junior Bantamweight champion so despite giving up a slight size advantage (Moloney competes at bantamweight) he will come to fight. Pael has also lost three of the four bouts he has fought overseas but has challenged for the OPBF title and has never been stopped.

Trent Broadhurst vs Nader Hamdan
While I favour the younger, bigger man in Broadhurst in this fight, this is the best domestic matchup on the card (including the main event). Hamdan, who at his best was a junior middleweight or a middleweight, showed his chin is solid even in the higher weight classes with points losses to Jayde Mitchell and Damien Hooper in his last two bouts. The one stoppage loss in his career came against Arthur Abraham, who has held world titles in two weight divisions. Broadhurst has won his last 12 bouts, including seven stoppages, since his lone loss to Kiwi Robert Berridge in 2011. He has served as the main sparring partner for Mundine in this contest so you know he’s going to be sharp against Hamdan. Broadhust should have too much firepower for Hamdan but Nader always comes to fight and he will likely see the final bell with his endurance and experience.

Danny Green vs Anthony Mundine
This fight is just strange and wouldn’t be taking place if either man could make any money fighting anyone else. While both men have been charging ridiculous amounts for pay per view over the years for what were essentially mismatches (Main Event, Australia’s only pay per view channel, is charging $59.95 for this fight, they charged $39.95 for the recent Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev bout), their drawing power has decreased as they have aged.

A rematch could have taken place sometime in the last ten years but Mundine went down to middleweight (to avoid facing Mikkel Kessler) before then going to junior middleweight (to avoid facing a young Gennady Golovkin) before going back to middleweight (to avoid facing Austin Trout) before heading back to junior middleweight after losing a one sided decision to Daniel Geale. Since then he defeated an over the hill Shane Mosley before bring battered over 12 rounds by Joshua Clottey. A win over little known Sergey Rabchenko (who was dubbed by the promoters as the new GGG despite never having defeated a world class fighter) revived his career before Charles Hatley put an end to Mundine as a contender for any world title in November 2015.

Green went up in weight after his one sided loss to Mundine in 2006, winning the WBA light heavyweight title before retiring and coming back to win the IBO cruiserweight title. Green defended his “cruiserweight” title at the catchweight of 84kg (the cruiserweight limit is 91kg) against inactive former contenders all the while his team claimed that he could knock out the Klitschko brothers and verbalising other ridiculous ideas like when he challenged Brock Lesnar to a caged fight where the amateur wrestling, UFC and WWE star wasn’t going to be allowed to wrestle him. He finally moved up to the full cruiserweight limit where he scored probably the most credible win of his career over BJ Flores before an aging Antonio Tarver and Krzysztof Wlodarczyk knocked him out in consecutive fights. A win over Shane Cameron in 2012 was his last bout before coming back for the chance to even the score with Mundine. He has won two bouts by ten round decision in two years, the last over Australian fringe contender Kane Watts.

The big obstacle in making this fight was of course the weight. They’ve agreed on 83kg, which Green may struggle to make but Mundine will come in well under. The weight difference on fight night could be over 10kgs in favour of Green. The year off will do Mundine some good as he has had time to recover from the beatings he took in his last three contests. Whether he has enough speed to overcome the massive size advantage is the story of this fight. The only real question that will be answered by Friday’s fight is whether Danny Green could ever beat Mundine. If he loses on Friday with the weight advantage that he has then it’s safe to say he couldn’t.

There have been numerous attempts to up the hype and the sales of this fight as this will be the last attempt at a payday for both men. Mundine has stated that he won’t stand for the national anthem. In every other country I’ve seen boxing televised from the national anthems are played before the fighters enter the ring and there are usually clips of the fighters warming up while the anthem is played so this is just another ridiculous attempt to add hype where there isn’t any.

Whatever other tricks are used between now and Friday night to increase sales are irrelevant because on Friday night the shells of these two men are going to get into the ring and we will see how old and faded both of them are which SHOULD signal the end of either man’s drawing power. I don’t really care who wins this contest, it’s a meaningless contest between two men, neither of who is rightfully rated among Australia’s greatest fighters and anyone who says that they are is insulting Australia’s boxing history. The bout means nothing and the real winner of this contest will be Australian Boxing as our sport has been held under the thumb of these two for long enough.

Santa Cruz defeats Frampton, Garcia wins WBC title

The rematch wasn’t the fight of the year candidate that their July 2016 bout was but Leo Santa Cruz avenged his only career loss and regained the WBA featherweight title from undefeated Carl Frampton earlier today with a majority decision victory. On the undercard, Mikey Garcia scored an early candidate for knockout of the year with a 3rd round knockout over previously unbeaten WBC lightweight title holder Dejan Zlaticanin.
Santa Cruz MD12 Frampton
The fight wasn’t the classic that last years bout was but Santa Cruz boxed a much smarter bout to reclaim his title. Working behind a left jab that wasn’t used much in the first meeting, Santa Cruz didn’t allow Frampton to dictate the pace as he did last July. This resulted in a slower fight but Santa Cruz utilised his 7″ reach advantage and was able to score with jabs and long right hands which showed signs of swelling the Irishmen’s left eye early in the contest.

Frampton battled back in the third round and was able to have success when he caught Santa Cruz on the ropes. Both men exchanged heavily at times during the contest with Santa Cruz throwing more punches but Frampton landing the harder blows. The bout was fairly even through rounds three to five with Frampton effectively forcing the action. Santa Cruz landed six or seven hard left rips to the body in the sixth round, one of which seemed to momentarily take the wind out of Frampton. The defending champion Frampton though came back in the seventh round with his best round of the fight.

Round eight was nip and tuck but Santa Cruz pulled away in the later rounds, landing frequently with long right hands while Frampton had no answer how to get inside on the taller man. Santa Cruz’ long jab made Frampton forget his own, a weapon that he used effectively in his victories last year over Scott Quigg and Santa Cruz and despite good head movement, Santa Cruz’ was scoring as the shorter man came inside. Frampton fought desperately in the twelfth round but it was too little too late. Judge Burt Clements somehow came out with an even scorecard but was overruled by Dave Moretti and Glen Feldman’s 115-113 cards. I scored the bout 116-112 for Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz rejoins Garry Russell jnr, Lee Selby and Oscar Valdez as one of the title holders in the division however a third fight is likely before any unification fights take place with the WBA title at stake. Abner Mares, whom Santa Cruz defeated in 2015, is also in the mix with the WBA regular title. Russell is considered by many, including myself, as the top fighter in the division based on his victory over Jhonny Gonzalez who defeated Mares. Santa Cruz is now number two for me with Frampton close behind in third then Selby then mares then Valdez. If any combination of these six men fight each other it should make for excellent viewing.

Garcia KO3 Zlatincanin
Mikey Garcia won his third title in as many weight classes with a huge third round KO over Dejan Zlaticanin for the WBC title that Dejan won in June last year. It was the first defence of the title that was stripped from Jorge Linares for unifying with Anthony Crolla, a bout that Linares won. Dejan never looked in Garcia’s class and was controlled by a stiff jab throughout the first two rounds.

Garcia opened up in the third and landed with an overhand right and a left rip midway through the round. Dejan attempted to come in low and walked into an uppercut that landed flush and a grazing left hook from the former WBO featherweight and junior lightweight champion. Dejan was hurt and wile he regained his balance Garcia landed a right hand as hardly thrown and as flush as he probably could have landed and Zlaticanin was out before he hit the floor.

Dejan seemed fine after being administered oxygen by the ringside doctors and both Garcia and his trainer Robert Garcia showed excellent sportsmanship by checking on him. Garcia claims his third title in as many weight classes however he is yet to clean out a division and I would love to see him in with Linares for lightweight supremacy. A bout wit Terry Flanagan would also be excellent. In my opinion Garcia needs to stay at lightweight and clean out the division if he wants to be mentioned in the pound for pound stakes however there is already talk of him moving up by the years end.

I would love to see Garcia face Lomachenko should Vasyl move up to the lightweight limit and personally I think Garcia wins that contest but I can see Garcia moving up, likely fighting Ricky Burns or whoever is the weaker out of the junior welterweight champions at the time. Boxing needs more of the top guys fighting each other rather than everyone chasing as many paper titles in as many divisions as they can. Garcia is a three division title holder now however Henry Armstrong would be turning in his grave every time someone mentioned this as an achievement.

Other Results
In a fight that wasn’t televised on Australian TV, Francisco Vargas lost his WBC junior lightweight title and perhaps a chance to meet Lomachenko in a decent money fight with an (apparently) one sided eleventh round TKO loss to Mexican Miguel Berchelt. There will be a report on this site if I’m able to see the fight in the next few days. Takashi Miura scored a 12th round knockout over Mickey Roman on the undercard in what was apparently a rival to DeGale-Jack for fight of the month/year.

Boxing Preview; De-Gale-Jack, Nasio-Fujimoto

This weekends boxing action is headlined by the huge super middleweight unification fight out of New York with IBF titlist James DeGale unifying with WBC titlist Beau Jack with an IBF junior lightweight title fight on the undercard. Also featuring this weekend is Cuban star Erislandy Lara defending his WBA junior middlweight title against former Miguel Cotto victim Yuri Foreman. There is no action domestically but Australian heavyweight champion travels to Japan to take on former K-1 star and now full-time boxer Kyotaro Fujimoto for the vacant OPBF heavyweight title.

James DeGale vs Badou Jack
Vacant Ring Magazine world championship, WBC/IBF world titles
New York, USA
Television- Fox Sports 5, 1.30pm Sunday 15 Jan
Australian fight fans are being treated to a lot of Showtime fights free to air on Fox Sports. It’s expected to continue with the huge welterweight showdown between Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia later this year as well as the Carl Frampton vs Leo degalejackposterSanta Cruz rematch but first up is the entirely under-hyped super middleweight unification bout between WBC titlist Badou Jack and IBF titlist James DeGale.

DeGale (23-1, 14 KO) took the vacant IBF title by defeating Andre Dirrell in 2015 following Carl Froch’s retirement. He has since defended it twice with a clear cut decision wins over former champion Lucian Bute and Italy’s Rogelio Medina. DeGale’s sole career loss was via razor thin decision to George Groves back in May 2011. Groves and DeGale were amateur rivals with Groves defeating DeGale in the unpaid ranks before DeGale went on to win the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics. Groves win over DeGale for the Commonwealth title in 2011 was a huge upset and a huge fight for British boxing but DeGale has bounced back well while Groves’ career has slid following his losses to Carl Froch in 2014.

Badou Jack (20-1-2, 13 KO) took the WBC title from Anthony Dirrell, who defeated Sakio Bika for the WBC title and was making his first defence of the title. Jack showed he was one of the top super middleweight’s in the world in his next fight with a majority decision win over George Groves on the Mayweather-Berto undercard and was unlucky not to get the decision over Lucian Bute in a fight that he clearly won (Bute later tested positive for banned substances). Jack’s only loss was in 2014, a surprise first round knockout against Derek Edwards, who has since lost his last three bouts.

DeGale should be the favourite but Jack has surprised people in his last three fights and a lot of people were expecting him to lose all three. This is a fight between two of the top three super middleweights in the world and Ring Magazine has put their vacant title on the line for the winner. WBO champ Gilberto Ramirez, in my opinion, is the top super middleweight in the world following his domination over Arthur Abraham, who had established himself as the best super middleweight behind Carl Froch with wins over Robedrt Stieglitz and Martin Murray. DeGale has the edge in speed for me and I think this will be the difference. I expect this one to go 12 rounds and Jack will likely make it close but DeGale should be able to control the fight with his hand and foot speed and take a close decision.

The undercard sees an IBF junior lightweight title fight between Jose Pedraza and Gervonta Davis. The title has gone to Pedraza after Rances Barthelemy moved up to lightweight and Pedraza is making his third defence. Davis, a 2012 national golden gloves champion, is taking a significant step up in class, competing in his first 12 round fight but has a thirsd round knockout over former title holder Cristobal Cruz on his record. A women’s world title fight between one of the best women’s boxers in the world Amanda Serrano and former WBC bantamweight champion Yazmin Rivas for the WBO junior featherweight title and a middleweight contest featuring Ukraine’s former world amateur champion Ievgen Khytrov make up the rest of the card.

Erislandy Lara vs Yuri Foreman
WBA junior middleweight title
A non televised fight on Australian TV, Lara is making a rather routine defence against Foreman, who hasn’t really done a whole lot since losing back to back fights against Miguel Cotto and Pawel Wolak in 2010 and 2011. Lara won’t pressure Foreman as much, which might give Foreman a chance as his losses were both against pressure fighters, but Lara is too slick and technical and should win a wide decision.

Kyotaro Fujimoto vs Wille Nasio
Vacant OPBF heavyweight title
Kyotaro Fujimoto (15-1, 8 KO) is a former K-1 fighter who was being built up as the next Japanese star after wins over Peter Aerts and Jerome Le Banner but after losses to Semmy Schilt and Gegard Mousasi in 2010 he switched to boxing. His one loss was to Solomon Haumono by knockout the last time he went for the OPBF title. He has since won the Japanese national title and has defeated middleweight boxer Nobuhiro Ishida on points (Ishida is a notoriously tough middleweight who was only stopped by Gennady Golovkin and has a first round knockout win over James Kirkland) and scored wins over Peter Okhello and Australia’s Nathan McKay.

Nasio (10-1, 9 KO) is coming off a fourth round stoppage over Hunter Sam and his only loss was to Tai Tuivasa in a one night tournament in the fourth fight of his pro career. He’s also defeated Nathan McKay, although his win was via first round knockout and Kyotaro went 8 rounds with McKay. Nasio should be the favourite in this fight, Kyotaro has trouble keeping strong guys at a distance and he doesn’t have huge power for a heavyweight. If Nasio takes his time and puts on steady pressure he should be able to break down Kyotaro the same way Haumono did and force a mid round stoppage.

Zac Dunn defends Commonwealth title March 17

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super middleweight champion Zac Dunn will defend the title he won in November for the first time against Scottish fighter David Brophy on March 17 at the Melbourne Pavilion.

Brophy (17-1-1, 2 KO) has only twice fought outside of Scotland and one of those was his only loss, a fourth round KO loss to George Groves on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua-Charles Martin heavyweight title fight in April last year.

Brophy has the classical European style; hands held high coming forward behind a solid jab but uses very little head movement. He has only been past six rounds three times in his career but one of his two stoppage victories was in his last outing, suggesting that he may have more power than his record suggests.

This isn’t a bad fight for Dunn, the only man to stop Brophy was one of the best super middleweights in the world so it’s a good chance for Dunn to do similar. It shouldn’t be more than a routine defense for Dunn however, Brophy is there to be hit and Dunn has enough power to take him out.

The fight headlines one of two cards promoted by Brian Amatruda of Big Time Boxing in March, the other March 3rd, also at the Melbourne Pavilion, sees Anthony Buttigieg and Rocky Jerkic clash for the vacant Commonwealth junior middleweight title. Czar Amonsot will also appear on the undercard against an opponent to be named.

Horn vs Pacquiao possible for April

Undefeated Australian Jeff Horn is the leading contender to take on WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao in April at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Horn’s promoter Dean Lonergan of Duco Promotions is currently in Los Angeles in negotiations with Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum for an April 23rd fight.

After scoring a sixth round stoppage over Ali Funeka on the undercard of the Joseph Parker vs Andy Ruiz heavyweight title fight in New Zealand in December, Horn’s team were looking at a lead up fight in order to lure Pacquiao to Australia later this year. However, after Pacquiao stated that he would require a $20 million purse to fight fellow American and current junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford, Arum has suggested that he wants to take Pacquiao on somewhat of a world tour with possible bouts in the UK, Mexico and the Middle East.

Pacquiao, who is coming off a unanimous decision win over Jesse Vargas for the WBO welterweight title in November, will require a big purse to face Horn but likely not what he would have required to fight Crawford. Horn has a high ranking in the WBO and IBF sanctioning bodies but doesn’t figure inside the Ring Magazine top ten and is currently ranked 12 by Boxrec. I personally think Horn has more credibility than the American based Ring Magazine gives him credit for but he is, at the very highest, the tenth ranked welterweight in the world in a packed welterweight division.

Manny Pacquiao wouldn’t be the first huge star to travel to Australia, however he would likely be the most popular fighter to ever fight on Australian soil. Australia has hosted a number of huge names in boxing in the last 110 years. Jack Johnson became the first African American world heavyweight champion at Rushcutter’s Bay in Sydney when he defeated Tommy Burns with a 14th round stoppage in 1908. The great uncrowned champion Sam Langford fought five 20 round bouts with Sam McVey (another great heavyweight who was ducked because of the colour of his skin) in Sydney and Brisbane from 1911-1913.

Prior to his reign as light heavyweight champion, Archie Moore toured Australia and fought in bouts with local champions Ron Richards and Fred Henneberry as well as other local club fighters. Masahiko “Fighting” Harada fought Johnny Famechon for his WBC featherweight title in 1969, losing a close decision. Jeff Fenech fought two legends of the sport in Carlos Zarate and Azumah Nelson on Australian soil while more recently Roy Jones jnr and Shane Mosley fought out of their primes (and their natural weight classes) in losing efforts to Danny Green and Anthony Mundine repsectively.

While this fight would be huge for Australian Boxing (even more if Horn were to upset Pacquiao), Pacquiao isn’t the greatest fighter to fight in Australia, he is just the most well known.