August 23, 2001 – By Paul Upham: Promoter Kieran O’Connor’s third event at the Octagon, Randwick Racecourse in Sydney will be held on September 28 featuring Kali Meehan against Justin Fortune in the main event. After his first two successful cards which have produced such great action, fans can look forward to another card full of exciting matches titled, “Respect….the Eliminator!!!”.
Heavyweight Meehan returns to the ring for the first time since his unsuccessful challenge to Commonwealth champion Danny Williams. The giant New Zealander was knocked out in recording his first loss and will be more determined than ever when he faces Fortune, who once faced Lennox Lewis in Dublin.
Australian heavyweight champion Bob Mirovic will make a defence of his title against one of three fighters either Nathan Briggs, Colin Wilson or Solomon Haumono, with negotiations currently continuing with the promoter.
Australian cruiserweight champion Daniel Rowsell will defend his title against Adrian Bellin, while the fans are sure to enjoy a rematch between Jason De Lisle and Peter Kariuki over eight rounds at super-middleweight after their memorable slugfest draw on the first O’Connor card in July.
IBF No.14 Arnell Barotillo returns to the ring, after an extended absence, against Lapuz Celson at super-bantamweight, Australian 2000 Olympian Danny Green will be looking to continue his unbeaten run against Daniel Tie at super-middleweight and Team Fenech’s Matt Heyes faces Nadel Hadara at super-bantamweight.
O’Connor has officially launched his web site, //www.oconnorsports.com.au">www.oconnorsports.com.au , where the fans can see profiles on all of the boxers featured on his promotions.
In other Australian news, Commonwealth and Australian welterweight champion Julian Holland denied reports today that he would be defending his title against No.1 Commonwealth contender Delroy Mellis in England on September 29.
“There is no way I could be ready with my eye the way it is,” said Holland, who upset Shannan Taylor by sixth round TKO last Friday night in Sydney.
“I plan to have a few weeks rest before I make any decision on my future. I don’t intend to be back in the ring until late October or early November at the earliest.”