3 Titles, 1 night at Big Bash 8
On September 1st, Andrew Higgins Big Bash promotions will be promoting their 8th event since beginning in 2015. This event will be one of the biggest Higgins has put together, with 3 title fights on the card.
This event will not be broadcast on TV3, Maori TV, Gladrap Channel (Youtube) or Sky Sports. Instead the fight night will be broadcast on virtualticket.tv. This PPV stream will be available at $20 worldwide. As for the card, it will feature six corporate bouts, ten pro bouts, three of the pro bouts with titles on the line.
The main event of the evening will feature Mose Auimatagi Jnr taking on Australian Les Sherrington for the vacant IBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title.
Mose Auimatagi (9 - 1 - 2) is one of the best young up and comers in New Zealand. Auimatagi has already got a few title to his name with NZNBF and NZPBA versions of the New Zealand middleweight titles, UBF Asia Pacific middleweight title and winning The Force 4 man super middleweight tournament. He has already have massive wins in his career, winning against undefeated boxer Reagan Dessaix, former WBO 10th ranked boxer Gunnar Jackson, former WBA - PABA Champion Adrian Taihia and NZNBF champion Jordan Tai. Auimatagi is currently ranked in the top 100 in the world.
Les Sherrington (37 - 10 - 0) is a Boxing veteran, beginning his career in 2002. In his 15 year pro career, he has won 2 Australian titles, WBA - PABA title, 3 WBFound World title, IBF Australasian title, IBF Pan Pacific title, WBO Asia Pacific title, WBC - ABCO title and WBA Oceania Title. The 35 year old boxer will be Auimatagi biggest test.
The supporting main event will feature Monica Tai taking on Baby Nansen for the vacant New Zealand (NZPBC version) Lightweight title.
Monica Tai (2 - 0 - 0) started her Pro career earlier this year against Wendy Talbot, winning by TKO. Before Tai debut as a pro, she dominated the Corporate boxing division. In her second pro bout, she defeated Quinita Hati by UD. She will be taking on her biggest challenge in an 8 round bout for a massive reward of the NZ title.
Baby Nansen (Boxing: 5 - 2 - 1/Kickboxing: 24 - 13 - 2) is a Kickboxing veteran who now focus her career to Boxing. Already in her boxing career, she has fought two big names, New Zealander and WBA Oceania champion Gentiane Lupi and WBC Silver Champion Melissa St Vil. Recently Nansen was involved in a controversial situation where she fought Rebecca Jennings for the NZPBA version for the New Zealand title. Originally Nansen was was announced as the winner of the title, however 20 min after the bout, the decision was changed to a draw due to miscalculation in the scorecards. After an appeal, The title was removed from the bout itself and the title itself is now under abeyance, but the result of the contest stayed the same as a SD Draw.
The final title bout and second Main Support event will feature Daniel Tai vs Hemi Ahio for the vacant IBO Oceania heavyweight title.
Daniel Tai (Boxing 22 - 10 - 4/Kickboxing 51 - 11 - 2) is a veteran Kickboxer and Boxer. In Tai's long career, he has only won the NZNBF version of the New Zealand boxing title. Tai has fought a few of notable boxers in his career including Chauncy Welliver three times, Sam Leuii twice, Danny Green, Sean Sullivan, Jameson Bostic and Bob Gasio. Hemi Ahio (9 - 0 - 0) is a New Zealand (NZNBF version) Heavyweight Champion. He is one of the heaviest hitter in New Zealand today.
The rest of the pro card will feature Shay Brock vs Rob Ramsey, Tyrone Warren vs Salo Ben Vui, Cairo George vs Nick Hikuroa, Caroline Daniels vs Trish Vaka, Missy Elliot vs Quinita Hati, Liku Fameitau vs Mike Barker and Reuben Webster vs TBA.
Tickets will be available on Eventfinda from $40 - $60 pre booked or $50 - $70 Door Sales. Corporate tables are available from $1650 - $2750.
Big Bash 8
September 1st, 2017
Auckland Netball Centre in St John