Pitbull and Big Daddy set to clash
New Zealand boxing fans are in for a treat this weekend with the three of the country’s top heavyweights in action on Saturday night at the Auckland Netball centre.
Multitrade Boxing’s Fist of Fury VIII will be headlined by the highly-anticipated Trans-Tasman contest between local hero and UBF Asia Pacific Heavyweight Champion Junior Pati (13-22-1) and former WBA heavyweight champion, Lucas Browne (26-1-0).
The Samoan-Kiwi and the Australian will square off in a ten-round contest for the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver heavyweight title.
Browne, who is coming off a recent stoppage victory over Julius Long, will be the bookies favourite, but the 39-year-old cannot allow for any complacency to creep into his game come fight night. Pati has been training the house down and looks to be in terrific shape for what is undoubtedly the biggest test of his career.
A win for Pati would not just turn him into a folk hero but would open doors for him internationally. It is rare that opportunities like this occur on home soil for local fighters, so fans can expect a hungry, motivated and determined Pati stepping into the ring.
The 36-year-old is no stranger to facing off against quality opposition. Pati has shared the ring with a number of notable heavyweights including Solomon Haumono and WBO world number ten Junior Fa.
Browne’s height and reach advantage could create problems for Pati but the “Pitbull” and his team have designed a game plan to counter this challenge. Pati has also been receiving advice from New Zealand boxing royalty in the form of his cousin, David Tua.
“David Tua has been helping me out from the beginning, giving me his tips and thoughts and how to get into these big people and how to destroy the body,” Pati said in an interview with Gladrap at Wednesday’s press conference.
“You just got know how to work angles, how to work their body, before moving upstairs.”
The bout looks set to be an entertaining affair, both fighters have knockout power and will be more than willing to let their gloves fly if the occasion presents itself.
Few people are expecting this contest to go the distance, but as long as it lasts, fans are sure to get their money’s worth.
In the night's co-main event one of the country’s top heavyweight prospects Hemi Ahio (10-0) takes on the heavy-hitting Conrad Lam (5-1-0 in a six-round bout.
It has been over a year since Ahio competed competitively and fans are excited about seeing what “The Heat” will bring to the ring on Saturday.
Lam has been busy training with former WBA Oceania champion Julius Long and will want to use this bout as a means of showcasing his abilities.