Is Roy Jones coming to Australia?
By Paul Upham: Did you realise it is a great time to be an Australian boxing fan? The remainder of the year 2009 is going to see a number of boxing events which will take the sport to new audiences and hopefully further establish Australian boxing as a surprisingly small but strong country with lots to offer the fans.
Channel 10 SuperBoxer Series
This Thursday night at 9:00pm eastern will see the welcome return of boxing to free to air television in Australia on Channel 10’s ONE HD digital channel. The SuperBoxer series over four consecutive weeks will take boxing into homes nationwide that have been deprived of regular professional boxing since the late 1980’s.
Vic Darchinyan’s Bantamweight World Title Challenge
Armenian born Australian citizen Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan is the current WBC/WBA/IBF super flyweight world champion and this weekend in the USA, he steps up to challenge IBF bantamweight world champion Joseph Agbeko. Darchinyan is attempting to win a world title in his third weight class and is currently rated the 8th best boxer in the world pound for pound by The Ring magazine.
Danny Green vs. Roy Jones Jr
They of course have to win separate fights on August 15 first, Jones against Jeff Lacy and Green verus Julio Cesar Dominguez, but two wins will see them face each other in Melbourne in November. The surprising announcement that Green will meet Dominguez for the vacant IBO cruiserweight world title only adds more interest to a possible Green-Jones Jr match. Think about it: if Green does defeat Jones Jr, in early 2010 we could be seeing Green vs. Mundine 2 for the IBO cruiserweight world title.
While a protest over Mundine’s middleweight title win over Geale is still to be resolved by the IBO, talks continue for Mundine to move back up to super middleweight to challenge IBO champion Sakio Bika in October. A Mundine-Bika fight is certainly one to once against grab the attention of local boxing fans. A Mundine win over the tank like Bika, The Contender USA champion, is no gimme.
There is no doubting Daniel Geale’s special talent now after the battle he gave Anthony Mundine in a high quality fight. Geale may have lost his IBO middleweight world title, but he gained much credibility for his boxing career and the way he handled a disappointing loss in controversial circumstances only added to his fan appeal.
Australian Boxing Hall of Fame
The 2009 Induction Dinner for the Australian Boxing Hall of Fame will be held on Saturday night 10th October in the Members Dining Room at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It is the glittering night of nights for Australian boxing where fans and friends come together to celebrate the greats of the sport. More information and dinner tickets can be obtained at www.anbhof.com or by telephone on (03) 9478 3578.
On top of all of that, there are unconfirmed rumours in the local boxing industry about a Contender-style tournament featuring Australian super middleweight and middleweight boxers to be held later in 2009.
What else could you want? Maybe even a SBS television documentary on one of Australia’s boxing writers perhaps...