The new year has arrived and a lot of New Zealand born Australian resident boxers are all signed up on multiple promotions this year. Here are dates and details on New Zealand born boxers fighting in Australia.
30th January Entertainment Centre, Hurstville, NSW, Australia
Billy Dib vs Joey Baylon
Joey Baylon born in the Philippines (yes I know I said NZ born in this article) Auckland New Zealand resident will be making his professional boxing debut against former IBF featherweight & former IBO super featherweight champion Billy Dib. Joey who is a King of the ring 62kg Champion, WKBF World lightweight Champion with the kickboxing record of 23 - 9 - 3 with 2 big wins coming by way of KO. Recently we have been seeing a lot of cross combat fights including Paul Gallen vs Mark Hunt, Anthony Mundine vs John Wayne Parr and many more. This will be one tough fight for Joey, going up against a former World champion.
Alex Hanan vs Dillon Bargero
On the undercard of the event, Alex Hanan will be making his in-ring return. This is his second fight in a space of seven weeks after having 16 months break away from the ring. This will be the toughest challenge of his career. Alex record is undefeated with 11 wins with 5 wins coming by way of KO. His opponent is against former NSW Champion Dillion Bargero with the record of 5 - 15 - 0. Despite having not the best record, he is still the toughest opponent in Alex career with most of his past opponents being 2 or fewer wins and more then 10 loses. We as fans are still awaiting the mega-fight between Andrei Mikhailovich and Alex Hanam which is more of a grudge match than anything else as these guys hate each other.
27th February 2021 The Melbourne Pavilion, Flemington, Vic, Australia
Willis Meehan vs TBA
Willis Meehan born in New Zealand and son of Kali Meehan. He is one of the most feared boxers in Australia as some believe no one wants to fight him. He has been ranked number one on the ANBF Australian National rankings consistently for a long time now and people believe he can go far in his career. Unfortunately, Willis Meehan has had a lot of time off, taking the whole of 2017 off and 2020 off with only fighting twice a year in 2018 and 2019. We hope to see more of Willis as he has the talent and the strength to shock the world.
13th March 2021 Bendigo Stadium, Bendigo, Vic, Australia
13th March 2021 Bankstown City Paceway, Condell Park, NSW, Australia
Anthony Brownlie vs tba
Born in Wanganui, Anthony Brownlie has been away from the ring since 2016. In his career, he has fought for the Australian title multiple times but has won the NSW title in both the Welter & Super Welterweight divisions. At the age of 36, he is now returning to the ring. His record is 12 - 7 - 1 with 3 wins coming by way of KO.
Michael Prasad Jr vs Carmelo Licata
Born in Auckland, Michael Prasad Jr is making his in-ring return since his debut with a TKO win back in March in Fiji. He will be going up against Carmelo Licata who is making their pro boxing debut.
27th March 2021 Rumours International, Toowoomba, QLD, Australia
Herman Ene Purcell vs Joseph Goodall
Herman Ene Purcell was born in Samoa but went to school in Glenfield, Auckland in New Zealand. Herman won his first professional boxing title back in July 2019 where he won the ANBF Australasian title against another New Zealander, Will Nasio. Herman record is 17 - 8 - 0 with 9 wins coming by way of Knockout. He will be going up against Australian Joseph Goodall. His record is 6 - 0 - 1. Joseph has had a couple of decent fights but has not yet had the opportunity to fight for any title. This is definitely one tough fight for both boxers.
27th March 2021 Gunnedah Town Hall, Gunnedah, NSW, Australia
Elijah Tevaga Sa'lesui vs Drew Jackson for vacant NSW Heavyweight title
Elijah Tevaga Sa’lesui born in Auckland New Zealand will be going for his first professional boxing title of his career. His record is 5 - 1 - 0 with 2 wins by KO. He made his pro debut back in 2016 where he fought on the eight-man heavyweight boxing tournament in Melbourne Pavillion. He won the quarter-final against Rhys Sullivan but lost against Dempsey McKean in the semi-finals. He did not return to the ring again until November 2019 when he started his winning streak. Now he is aiming to get his first boxing title. His opponent is Australian Drew Jackson with the record of 2 - 1 - 0.
Tyson Turner vs Dan Murray for ANBF Australasian Super Middleweight title
Auckland New Zealand born boxer Tyson Turner will be making his first Australasian title defence. He made his boxing debut in 2018 with a massive winning streak in 2019. He won his title in 2020 against Lachlan Higgins. Tyson Turner record currently is 6 - 1 - 0 with 3 wins by way of KO. He will be going against undefeated boxer NSW Champion Dan Murray. Dan Murray record in 3 wins with 2 wins coming by way of KO.
1st May 2021 Melbourne, Vic, Australia
David Tuliloa vs Elijah Tevaga Sa'lesui
We already spoke about Elijah Tevaga Sa’lesui but now he will be taking on another New Zealander in May against David Tuliloa. Born in New Zealand, David will be making his in-ring return since 2017. He made his debut in 2016 where he fought and lost against Patrick Eneanya. He went on to knock out his next two opponents before taking a long absence from the ring. A New Zealander vs New Zealander on Aussie soil.
Peter Sa'lesui vs Herve Silu Mata
And finally South Auckland New Zealand born boxer Peter Sa'lesui made his professional debut in April 2019. Majority of his wins came by way of TKO with the exception of two fights where one ended by him winning by UD against Gurpal Singh and a draw against Aaron Ross. He rectified his draw but facing Aaron Ross last year in March and knocking him out. Peter shows allot of potential and we hope to see more of him. Maybe event a future fight in New Zealand. His record is 6 - 0 - 1. He will be going up against Australian boxer Herve Silu Mata.
Benjamin Watt is well known to all has one of the leading experts in New Zealand Boxing. He is a man of many jobs including, first openly gay boxing judge in the world, boxing writer, boxing promoter, boxrec editor, boxing commentator, Wikipedia editor and backstage event co-ordinator.
He has the nickname of "Mr Controversy" with his none filter comments he would usually make when being interviewed, on commentary or just peoples mixed feelings about him. However, despite this, he is one of New Zealand boxings biggest assets, one of New Zealand's best judges and have accomplished so much in this industry.
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