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31 OCTOBER 2014

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For Hussein Hussein This is Make or Break


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By Paul Upham: Australian veteran Hussein Hussein is giving himself one more chance to win a world title. The long time flyweight contender, well known for his Las Vegas thriller with Jorge Arce in March 2005, returns to the ring after a seven month absence on Friday night when he faces Dedy Ronald from Indonesia at the Orion Function Centre in Campsie, NSW.

In his last fight in July 2008, Hussein 31-5 (24) lost a twelve round points decision to Moruti Mthalane in South Africa in an IBF flyweight world title eliminator. The 1996 Australian Olympian took some time to think about retirement before deciding to continue his career.

“I wasn’t very happy for a while after my last fight,” said Hussein, “but I have stayed in the gym every day working with the other boys. I would spar every now and then. I had a good break from actually fighting and I felt good, so I decided I would give it one more try. I don’t want to have any regrets later on saying, ‘what if’. Once I am finished, that’s it, I’m finished.”

Not much is know about Ronald 21-3-1 (17), except his record and fighting stance.

“All we know is that he is a southpaw,” said Hussein’s trainer and brother Billy Hussein.

Hussein and Ronald will compete for the vacant WBO Oriental super flyweight title over twelve rounds.

“Hopefully, if we can get through Friday night,” said Billy Hussein, “and it will be a tough fight, Hussy can then move on to an eliminator for the WBO world title.”

“I feel much sharper now because I am training much smarter,” said Hussein Hussein. “I am letting my body recover when it needs to recover and doing the right things now. I am feeling much better at super flyweight. I want to give myself every chance and whatever happens, happens. As long as I give myself a chance to win, I can retire happy.”

At 33, the same age as his long time gym training partner Vic Darchinyan, Hussein has admired the success of the “Raging Bull” and wants to make his own world title mark late in his career.

“Age is a number, it is how you look after your body,” said Hussein Hussein. “Over the last couple of years I haven’t had that many fights. I have had time to recover. I guess now it should pay off, especially fighting at home, something which I haven’t done for a while.”

“This is it. Hussy knows that this is make or break,” said Billy Hussein. “Hussy has been training well and I am real happy with him. He has trained like a man possessed. Super flyweight seems to be his best weight. We want to collect the belts that Vic Darchinyan leaves behind when he moves up to bantamweight.”

The card is promoted by Billy Hussein and will commence at 7:30pm. General admission tickets at $50 are available at the door.

Date February 27
Location Orion Function Centre, Campsie, NSW, Australia

Hussein Hussein vs. Dedy Ronald - 12rds, super flyweight
Bobby Antonakos vs. Adrian Campbell - 8rds, welterweight
Sedat Tasci vs. Jerry Spanidis - 8rds, lightweight
George Xerras vs. Marlon Toby - 4rds, light heavyweight
Fred Nagi vs. Steve Murray - 4rds, super middleweight


Paul Upham
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