In an emphatic statement about far Australian boxing has advanced in recent years, a revolutionary three-day festival of fighting concept is being planned for mid-November.
The No Limit promotional team is set to stage three events across consecutive days in one city, ideally culminating in Tim Tszyu’s world title shot with WBO World Champion Brian Castaño.
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Gold Coast, Melbourne and Sydney are in the running to host the weekend, with the Friday and Saturday night shows to be broadcast on Fox Sports and Sunday’s Tszyu event live on Main Event PPV and beamed live into the US.
“Nothing like this has ever been done in global boxing, let alone in Australia, and it just goes to show how far the sport has come in the last few years,” says No Limit’s George Rose.
“The NRL’s ‘Magic Round’ has been hugely successful and we believe a weekend of world class boxing is the perfect way to underline the fact that boxing is now most definitely a mainstream sport in this country.”
Negotiations are progressing for Castaño to defend his title against Tszyu in the perfect climax to the weekend but if that bout can’t be finalised No Limit and Team Tszyu are expected to move on former champion American Tony Harrison.
No Limit regulars Liam Wilson, Sam Ah See and Wade Ryan would be guaranteed a spot on the cards, as well as cross-code athletes like Paul Gallen who could face Darcy Lussick, while No Limit is extending an invitation to all Australian boxers.
“This is a celebration of a golden era in Australian boxing and everyone’s invited! We want to make the best fights possible and it’s a chance for the best boxers in the country to become a part of history,” says Rose.
“We will be bringing in international talent, and we have some great mainstream fights in mind involving NRL talent and such, but there’s so many brilliant domestic clashes to be made and we think now is the time to make them!”
The concept represents a major undertaking for No Limit’s broadcast partner Foxtel who will broadcast all three events live and around 30 individual bouts.
Organisers plan to add a festival feel to the weekend with events, installations and performances to compliment the action and major domestic and international guests like former heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder who is being approached to make the trip from America.