A returning fan favorite, a rising star on the verge of a world title, and a few trash-talking knockout artists headline arguably the most important month ever for Australian boxing.
Labelled ‘March Mayhem’, promoter No Restrict will maintain three combat nights throughout three consecutive weeks in March, main into Tszyu’s Las Vegas debut.
This masthead can reveal that after making his long-awaited comeback in November, Bilal Akkawy will headline No Restrict’s first present of the yr towards veteran Reynold Quinlan on March 6.
The cardboard can be proven on Fox Sports activities, and sees Akkawy – a former training partner of Canelo Alvarez – returning to the big stage after a prolonged absence due to injury.
“I desire a world title shot,” he informed this masthead. “I would like the massive fights.
“It’s a dream to be in these fights on an enormous platform, the massive stage with the entire world watching.”
Akkawy was as soon as considered one of Australian boxers brightest prospects, however after preventing in New York and Las Vegas on Canelo undercards, was sidelined by a debilitating again damage which almost pressured him to retire.
Totally match once more, Akkawy is eyeing up one other run at a world title.
“I’m again to doing what I’ve performed for many of my life,” he stated. “After 4 years of inactivity, I need to proceed my journey again to a world title.”
Per week in a while March 13, Sam Goodman headlines a pay-per-view towards pleasure machine Mark Schleibs.
Goodman is knocking on the door of a super-bantamweight world title bout, preventing 4 occasions in 2023 and incomes rave opinions from none aside from boxing royalty Johnny Lewis.
Goodman takes on the brash and flashy Schleibs, who scored probably the most spectacular knockouts of 2023 when he stopped Shamal Anuj in November.
Schleibs has a cult following in Melbourne and went viral for his post-fight speech devoted to the son he hasn’t seen in virtually a yr.
A venue hasn’t been confirmed for the home grudge match, however Wollongong is rumoured to be the frontrunner, with native boy Goodman anticipated to draw an enormous crowd of his “Mad Bunch” supporters.
Within the co-main occasion on March 13, fan favourite Issac Hardman is again in motion towards one other worldwide opponent within the 15-1 Endry Saavedra.
The Venezuelan Saavedra won’t be a family identify, however Hardman is anticipating a troublesome combat.
“He’s a giant puncher from South America with report, so I’ll be in one of the best nick ever,” Hardman informed this masthead. “I’m simply considering of him as a South American Canelo Alvarez.
“He’s been sparring with Jaime Munguia – the most effective super-middleweights on the planet – so he should be useful if Munguia’s asking for sparring.
“Munguia simply put away John Ryder and Canelo couldn’t do this.”
Within the remaining card of a three-week home run, slick West Australian Nathaniel ‘Cheeky’ Could fights Tyson Lantry on March 20.
One of many smoothest fighters in Australia, Could was on the fallacious aspect of a razor skinny resolution towards Jackson England on the Tszyu-Mendoza undercard in October.
Per week and a half later is a big 24 hours for Australian boxers in America. Liam Wilson kicks issues off towards former world champion Oscar Valdez in a super-featherweight showdown that has world title ramifications.
“It’s fairly surreal having three Australians preventing on the opposite aspect of the world,” Wilson told this masthead. “I’m excited, and I simply really feel so privileged to be a part of it.
“I’ll be capable of look again on this in years to come back and say I used to be a part of that vast weekend of boxing.”
At some point later at T-Cellular Area, Tszyu headlines his Vegas debut towards Keith Thurman, whereas Zerafa takes on Erislandy Lara for the WBA middleweight world title.
There have been fireworks this week when Tszyu and Thurman went face-to-face for the primary time. The American took pot photographs at Tszyu’s “Mexican” model, at Australia usually and at Tszyu’s household.
In arguably the busiest few months for Aussie boxing ever, Jai Opetaia fights Mairis Briedis in a rematch for the IBF title the Aussie gained, then was pressured to vacate late final yr. The bout can be on the Oleksandr Usyk vs Tyson fury undercard in Saudi Arabia on February 17 and can function the Gold Coast-based Kiwi Olympian David Nyika as effectively.
On March 8, heavyweight machine Justis Huni fights in Riyadh on the undercard to Anthony Joshua’s showdown with Francis Ngannou.
The blockbusters proceed into April and Could with Nikita Tszyu scheduled to be again in motion, earlier than George Kambosos fights the legendary Vasiliy Lomachenko in Perth.
The Lomachenko-Kambosos card will function two extra world title bouts, with the Moloney twins, Jason and Andrew rumoured to be within the combine.