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20 NOVEMBER 2018


Australian Buzz: Fenech calls on support for Hussy

By Paul Upham: Team Fenech’s No.1 flyweight contender Hussein Hussein challenges WBC flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam on November 14 in Bangkok, Thailand and his trainer/manager Jeff Fenech has called on all Australian’s to get behind the 27 year-old who represented his country at the 1996 Olympic Games.

Hussein Hussein is one of our countries best prospects and he finally has his chance to prove it to the world, said Fenech. I am calling on all Australian’s to get behind this kid as he attempts to win a world title against a great world champion.

While there will be no Australian television coverage of the fight, Team Fenech have set up a special e-mail address - - for fans to send messages of support to Hussein, who arrived in Bangkok on Monday with Fenech, sparring partner Vic Darchinyan and co-trainer Billy Hussein.

One of the most giving of individuals out of the ring, the Australian born Hussein has been looked upon by many Australian boxing insiders for some years as a genuine great of the future. The fight will be held at the Lumphinee Boxing Stadium at approximately 4pm.

Darchinyan lining up for Pacheco: While his stable mate is challenging for the WBC flyweight title, Team Fenech’s IBF No.3 southpaw Vic Darchinyan 19-0 (14) has been the perfect partner for Hussein Hussein.

Hussein has been sparring very well and I believe he is ready to win the world title, said Darchinyan. Wonjongkam is a very good fighter, but Hussy is better.

The Armenian Olympian looks back and smiles at his decision to stay in Australia after the 2000 Olympic Games.

Australians are supporting me and I am very happy with my decision to stay here in. Team Fenech is the best boxing team in the world, he said.

In his last fight October 3, Darchinyan blasted Edo Anggoro out of the ring in one round.

Maybe it was a lucky punch, Darchinyan says with a smile recalling the win. It all comes from good training. Having good boxers to train with a very good trainer.

27 year-old Darchinyan will face IBF No.6 Jair Jiminez for the IBF No.1 position on the next Fenech Fight Night on December 12 at Homebush. The winner getting a shot at IBF flyweight champion Irene Pacheco.

I am ready for the Pacheco fight, said Darchinyan. I am waiting. But anytime, I am ready for the fight. I am ready for Pacheco, just waiting for it to happen. I’ll fight him anywhere, let’s get him into the ring and then I will be an Armenia and Australian world champion.

Check on Pacheco: Australian fans can see if Vic Darchinyan is ready for his world title shot when Fox Sports 1 televise IBF flyweight champion Irene Pacheco’s latest title defence against Damaen Kelly this Friday night at 11pm Eastern Daylight Saving time.

Hamdan’s shot at Commonwealth title : Also on the December 12 card, Nader Hamdan 33-1 (15) will face Ghana’s James Obede Toney 13-1 (12) for the Commonwealth middleweight title.

Night of Champions: Promoters Glenn Wheatley, Tony Caradonna and matchmaker Stuart Duncan are putting together a sparkling array of stars for their next promotion at Panthers World of Entertainment in Penrith, Sydney on December 5. While all of the fights are to be confirmed, stars being mentioned in separate fights include Shannan Taylor, Lovemore Ndou, Glenn Kelly, Jason Delisle and a welcome Sydney return for Sam Soliman. Wheatley and Duncan are in Las Vegas this week to attend Saturday night’s Roy Jones Jr.-Antonio Tarver clash looking to secure some name opponents for cards in 2004.

Boxing meets Wrestling: Australia’s leading ring announcer and sometime blow by blow caller Andy Raymond is promoting his Australian Wrestling Supershow II in the Pavilion at the Panthers World of Entertainment in Penrith, Sydney on November 29 at 3pm. Some well-known Australian boxers are likely to make cameo appearances. Danny Green and Bob Mirovic refereeing one of the bout’s on Raymond’s first show last Christmas. Tickets are available from Panthers World of Entertainment or through Raymond at

Tszyu starts training: Kostya Tszyu heads to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra on November 24 for two weeks which will signal the beginning of his 12 week preparation for his rematch with Sharmba Mitchell on February 7 in Moscow. Recovering ahead of schedule from his Achilles tendon operation earlier this year, Tszyu told SecondsOut, I am determined to show everyone that I am a long way from the end of my career.

War of the Pacific: Queensland's leading promoter Jamie Myer stages his next promotion, dubbed "War of the Pacific" on Friday 28th November at the Southport RSL. The Main Event will feature newly crowned Australian heavyweight champion
Colin "Kid" Wilson against rugged Fijian Mosese Kavika.

The co-main event will feature Paul Tapley defending his Queensland welterweight title against Matt Shaw. This will be the second time these two have met in the punch-for-pay ranks, after Tapley defeated Shaw over 6 rounds in a thrilling contest last August.

General Admission Tickets - $24.90, Ringside Admission Tickets - $49, VIP Tables Available. For further details call the Southport RSL on (07) 5531 2289 or Matt on 0401 51 6060.

Col Wilson vs. Mosese Kavika
10x3 min

Paul Tapley vs. Matt Shaw
Queensland welterweight Title

Max Mariconte vs. Keli Jacobs
4x3 min

Frank DeMilio vs. Shane Rogers
4x3 min

Alan Reynish vs. Matt Craig
4x3 min

Rafael Munoz vs. Joe Salqvist
4x3 min

Fabrice Hona vs. Garath Williams
4x3 min

Paul Upham
Contributing Editor

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