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.”