5 Reasons To Watch Parker | Tszyu Doubleheader
1. The best of the heavyweights in our sporting capital
For the first time in the modern era, a consensus top 10 heavyweight will compete on our shores, as Joseph Parker makes his Australian debut against Django Opelu.
The heavyweight division has never been hotter, and Parker, Australasia’s only legitimate heavyweight champion, has fought the cream of the crop. This includes fights against the likes of Anthony Joshua, Dillian Whyte, Joe Joyce, Andy Ruiz and Derek Chisora twice.
Opelu is no stranger to Melbourne, having scored career-best wins in the sporting capital, knocking out previously unbeaten pair Kris Terzievski and Hemi Ahio.
2. Old school clash between next generation prospects
Nikita Tszyu continues his unprecedented run on Wednesday night, facing Melbourne local Ben Bommber, who becomes the fifth unbeaten opponent of his short six-fight professional career.
Bommber, also 5-0, has spent the majority of his training camp in Las Vegas, preparing for Tszyu inside the four walls of the private Mayweather Boxing Club.
The Victorian will be cornered on fight night by Team Haney tactician Rodney Crisler, who’ll fly direct to Melbourne immediately after Devin Haney’s undisputed lightweight title clash with Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Rarely do we see two undefeated prospects risk their perfect records at such an early stage of their careers.
3. Battle of the former AFL stars
Cameron Mooney achieved a litany of achievements in his decorated career and is a three-time premiership player.
The popular football analyst and Fox Footy broadcaster has been a long-time advocate of boxing, and will finally test his combat credentials, taking on former Essendon ruck Tom Bellchambers in his professional boxing debut.
The winner of the three-round heavyweight clash could become a major player in the footballers in boxing sweepstakes, including potential fights against the likes of Junior Paulo on future No Limit Boxing events.
4. The best of the super welterweights
Seen by many as the most stacked division in Australian boxing, eight super welterweights will compete at Margaret Court Arena, with implications for the entire division.
Former Nikita Tszyu opponent Ben Horn takes on reigning Australian welterweight champion Joel Taylor, as well as high-stakes match-ups for former amateur star Campbell Somerville and telegenic model/boxer Luke Gersbeck.
The winners of the four super welterweight match-ups will play a key role in shaping the landscape of our most competitive division domestically.
5. Crossroads clash between young bull and old bull
Former world rated super middleweight Jayde Mitchell will compete in his home city for the first time in 1181 days.
If he’s victorious against undefeated Victorian light heavyweight champion Max Reeves, the 37-year-old Mitchell is almost guaranteed to be facing long-time rival Rohan Murdock in a fight to crown the king of Australia’s super middleweights.
Reeves, 22, who owns a highlight-reel knockout over former UFC star Ross Pearson, could climb to the top of his division with a career-defining win.