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TYSON’S TIME TO SHINE
Maitland’s Tyson Lantry scored the upset of the year in Australian boxing when he
outpointed former world title challenger Luke Jackson on the Tszyu v Morgan show in
That victory brought an influx of sponsors and an improved purse, which have allowed
Lantry a full-time preparation for his bout with the undefeated Paul Fleming on the Tszyu v
Hogan undercard in Newcastle next week.
“For the Jackson fight I was able to spend five weekends with my trainer (Jamie Pittman) in
Canberra but this time around I have been able to live and train in Canberra for over six
weeks,” says Lantry.
“Physically I am in the best shape of my life but it’s mentally I’ll have the real advantage this
time. I’ve seen Fleming fight plenty of times and he’s obviously very talented but my hunger
will be the difference in this fight.”
MONTH OF MADNESS
Probably the busiest period in the history of Australian televised boxing is approaching, with
four domestic shows to be broadcast live on Fox Sports, Main Event and Kayo in just 24 days.
It starts next Wednesday when Tim Tszyu takes on Dennis Hogan on Main Event, before
Justis Huni returns against Jack Maris on Fox Sports on Friday 10 April, then Paul Gallen and
Lucas Browne clash on Main Event on Wednesday 21 April and finally Brock Jarvis fights
Nort Beauchamp just two days later on Friday 23 April on Fox Sports.
Between Newcastle, the Gold Coast, Wollongong and Canberra between 25 and 30 live
fights will be broadcast.
THE PRINCE PREPARES
Brock Jarvis may have a new nickname after being described as “the prince of Australian
boxing” by his next opponent Nort Beauchamp.
Jarvis has impressed all who have seen his sparring sessions over the past week and is
showing no ill-effects from a broken thumb suffered in January.
Trainer Jeff Fenech is adamant Beauchamp is Jarvis’ toughest opponent to date.
STEEL CITY SCHEDULE
A week of events is planned to build up to Tszyu v Hogan in Newcastle.
This Thursday night Tim Tszyu and Jeff Fenech will join me at Honeysuckle Social to discuss
the fight, with tickets still available via their website.
On Sunday there will be an open training session from 11am AEDT at Charlestown Square.
Monday’s 10am press conference at the Newcastle Museum will be broadcast live on Fox
Sports and on the Main Event Facebook page, as will Tuesday’s weigh-in which is scheduled
for midday at the Civic Theatre.
FIGHTING WORDS – TSZYU v HOGAN
Check out Main Event socials from today for the premiere of the Tszyu v Hogan instalment
of our 24/7 style documentary series Fighting Words.
The episode takes you inside both camps ahead of next week’s bout and gives each fighter’s
in-depth take on what will happen in the fight and why.
Fighting Words – Gallen v Browne will be released a week out from that bout.