The April 7 showdown between WBO # 3 ranked Super Welterweight Denny Hogan and the # 4 rated Jimmy Kilrain Kelly continues to get stronger with an undercard loaded with Australian talent for the April 7 card at the Exhibition in Brisbane.
Promoter Paul Keegan confirmed Wednesday that heavyweight prospect Joe Goodall will be making his pro debut and is scheduled to face New Zealand’s Lui Te’o over six rounds on the event. The 25-year-old has had a stellar amateur career securing Silver at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 and Bronze at the World Amateur championships in September 2017. Goodall who stands 6’3 is stablemate to WBO welterweight champ Jeff Horn and sharing the same trainer in Glenn Rushton.
New Zealand’s Lui Te’o took 58 fight veteran Big Bob Mirovic the distance before Christmas to a draw in his last outing and will provide Goodall with a decent test on debut.
WBO # 15 Cruiserweight Jai Opetaia 14-0 has been added to the already stacked card and is scheduled to face Germany’s Lukas Paszkowsky 9-1 over 10 rounds. The 22-year-old Opetaia was the youngest Australian boxer to be selected for the Olympics when he qualified for the games aged just 16 in London (2012). He has been impressive since turning professional managing to stop 11 of his 14 opponents inside the distance. He is former Australian champ and currently holds the IBF Youth and WBC aligned OPBF titles. Paszkowsky got of to a shaky start with his professional career suffering his only points loss back in 2015, but has managed nine wins since then including capturing the German title in just his sixth fight.
DDP Promoter Paul Keegan said he was excited about the two additions, which will in his opinion make it the best card to be staged in Australia in 2018. “It has the lot” said Keegan,
“you have two top five world ranked boxers as main event going at each other – both of who will be leaving everything in the ring as the winner will wind up one fight away from fighting for the world title. We have a local blockbuster in WBO # 9 Light Heavy Damien Hooper taking on former IBO Champion Renold Quinlan as sub main.
“We have the Queensland State heavyweight title being contested while Australia’s # 1 female boxer Dee Dee Hobbs is slated to face former world champion Arlene Blencowe. We have two undefeated welters scheduled to face each other in a fight where someone’s ‘0’ is going to go which the fans always love. Add the Opetaia & Goodall fights and it will be an action-packed event.