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YouTube backyard brawler Kimbo Slice will feature on the Daniel Geale-Anthony Mundine card on January 30, along with upcoming featherweight Joel Brunker taking on Joskan Hernandez and Lauryn Eagle fighting Nadine Brown.
The Geale-Mundine event is promising to be the biggest fight card Australia has seen in years, at least since when Mundine defeated arch rival Danny Green back in 2006.
It will begin with former street fighter Kimbo Slice, aka Kevin Ferguson, fighting in a four-round bout. For those unaware, Kimbo is an internet sensation, a fighter with a mixed martial arts background. Videos of his street brawls have been watched by millions.
Kimbo, who has flirted with UFC, took up professional boxing in 2011 and has six wins from six fights, five by knockout.
The heavyweight has a huge global following and will spark international interest, and a dash of circus element, to the Geale-Mundine card. He has his own action figure and has acted in films in the past.
But here’s the catch – Kimbo is looking for a opponent, and will take on any Aussie willing to face in the ring. Seriously.
The promoters are looking for a local to face Kimbo and are asking for videos of potential opponents sparring, and a brief summary of why they think they can beat the huge American, to be emailed in.
The winner of the competition will rumble with Kimbo in the opening fight on January 30.
Following the Kimbo bout, light heavyweights Steve Lovett amd Taito Raturere will meet, super middleweight Jamie Pittman will take on Zac Awad, and Lauryn Eagle will take on Nadine Brown for the vacant Australian female lightweight title.
Fresh from knocking out his last opponent in 100 seconds, undefeated featherweight Joel Brunker will then face Mexico’s Joksan Hernandez.
Brunker made his US debut in October and made quick work of Carlos Feulgenio.
His record is now 25 wins from 25 fights and the Sydneysider has set his sights on a world title. Brunker has been back in the gym for the past month and says his preparation is on track: “I’ve been back a training since November and everything is going great.”
While Brunker executed a fast and effective KO in the first round of his last fight, it might not be the case this time round.
“I don’t normally plan on going for a quick KO, I think if you go in with that intention you can get yourself caught out.”
Hernandez has some knockout power of his own, boasting 14 KOs in his 22 wins, He also lost five fights and one draw from his 28 bouts, and crucially comes into this one with a draw and two losses in his past three fights.
Brunker could be heading back to the US in 2013 so it might be the last chance Aussie fans see the 26-year fighting on home shores for a while.
Completing the undercard will be a cruiserweight clash between Daniel Ammann and David Alou, where Ammann will defend his Australian cruiserweight title.
A cult web phenomenon from the States, a former female water skiing champion turned boxer, one of Australia’s best emerging fighters on his way to a world title shot and, of course, the main event, Daniel ‘The Real Deal’ Geale versus Anthony ‘The Man’ Mundine – Mundine versus Geale II.
January 30 is shaping up to be one hell of a night.
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