July 26, 2001 – By Paul Upham: Australia’s Hussein brothers, super bantamweight Nedal (pictured) and flyweight Hussein, will appear in world title fights on consecutive weekends in England in September.
Appearing on two Frank Warren promotions, Nedal Hussein, 22-1 (12), will make the first defence of his WBU super-bantamweight title which he won in June while WBO No.2 contender Hussein Hussein, 15-0 (12), will challenge Mexican WBO flyweight champion Fernando Montiel, 22-0-1 (17).
“Frank Warren has two consecutive weekends of fight cards on September 15 and September 22 in England. We are not sure in what order, but Nedal and Hussein have been slotted in for their world title bouts on separate cards,” said Jeff Fenech, the Husseins’ trainer and manager.
“The only change will be if Nedal is offered a fight in the USA with a big name super-bantamweight,” added Fenech.
The 23-year-old Nedal Hussein won the vacant WBU title on June 29 in Sydney against Jamie Barcelona and is back in training readying himself for a bout with Patrick Mullings, 24-6 (12), the 30-year-old current and two-time British super-bantamweight champion and former Commonwealth title-holder.
“I wasn’t happy with my performance against Barcelona and I wanted to get back to the gym again quickly. It’s great to win the WBU title, but I have to keep working hard to get to the top,” said Hussein.
Hussein Hussein, 25, who represented Australia at the 1996 Olympic Games is looking forward to his WBO title clash, but will first be headlining on August 3 in Bankstown, Sydney on a 10 bout Fenech Fight Night card against Rodel “Kid” Orais, from the Philippines.
“I’m looking forward to fighting for the WBO title, but first I have to concentrate on winning on August 3,” said Hussein Hussein.
Promoter Frank Warren announced on Tuesday that his September 15 show will be held at the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England and will be called “Mad 4 It II”. Rising English stars Ricky Hatton, Anthony Farnell and Michael Gomez will also appear on the card.