Mirovic promises to stop Hopoate
By Paul Upham: Australian boxing cult hero “Big” Bob Mirovic is promising to extract revenge against John “Hoppa” Hopoate when they rematch on Thursday night’s SuperBoxer series at the AIS Arena in Canberra, promoted by Fidel Tukal’s Empire Boxing and televised live around Australia on ONE HD.
“My training has been unbelievable,” Mirovic told SecondsOut on Tuesday. “I feel awesome. I really do. 100% there will be a different result this time. I guarantee it. Hoppa and everyone else are going to be so shocked. I have been training so hard for this. I have done all the hard work and it is going to pay off.”
34 year-old Hopoate 11-3 (11) defeated Mirovic by 9th round TKO to win the Australian heavyweight title on September 10 last year at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. It was a thrilling battle, made even more remarkable when it was later revealed that Mirovic had snapped a bone in his right arm during round 6.
43 year-old Mirovic 29-20-2 (20) is adamant that he would have won their first match if his arm had not been broken.
“How can you win a fight with a clean broken arm - with one hand trying to defend yourself,” asked Mirovic. “My trainer Jeff Fenech stopped the fight last time because he was worried about my safety. Jeff didn’t know how tough I was, that I can endure that sort of pain. That I could have gone one more round. I was ahead on the scorecards when they stopped the fight.”
Mirovic has not fought since their last fight, having recovered from his broken arm, while Hopoate has fought twice, beating Cliff Couser in Manly on March 20 and losing by 2nd round knockout to Oliver McCall in Las Vegas on May 22.
“I do believe the knockout against McCall will be on his mind,” observed Mirovic. “I know he has trained hard and he will be determined, so it won’t affect him. But I just know that when I hit him cleanly, it is all going to come back to him what happened in Las Vegas. If I don’t knock him out cold, I’ll make him quit! I am going to come forward and fight hard. I have the fitness to fight ten hard rounds non-stop. I know I can take it to Hoppa. I am going to create history. The first five-time Australian heavyweight champion.”
The Channel 10 television event will commence at 9:00pm AEST and will be hosted by ONE commentator Greg Rust and renowned boxing trainer Johnny Lewis, along with commentators Matthew Brooks, Paul Kent and Daryl Beattie.
Date: Thursday July 23, 2009
Location: AIS Arena, Bruce, Canberra, ACT
John Hopoate vs. Bob Mirovic, 10rds
Australian heavyweight title
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Ged O’Mahony vs. Bruce MacFie, 4rds - middleweight
Steve Ciappara vs. Arnold Pelman, 4rds - heavyweight
Ben Edwards vs. Royce Sio, 4rds - heavyweight