Welcome to At The Fights – Main Event’s Ben Damon’s weekly look at the best in boxing from Australia and abroad.
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FURY’S MESSAGE TO STRUGGLING AUSSIES
WBC Heavyweight World Champion Tyson Fury has a message for Australians who are battling through a trying 2021.
“Things will get better, I promise!”
The Gypsy King provided his typical mixed bag of insights when I interviewed him from Las Vegas this week, but mental health was a strong theme, ahead of his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder on Sunday (midday AEDT) on Main Event.
“I’ve been there! I’ve been to rock bottom – as low as any man can go, and I got back up, and here I am today back heavyweight champion of the world again and it’s only through belief and determination and keeping going on a daily basis.”
Fury has been training alongside Australian heavyweight Joe Goodall in Las Vegas and likes what he’s seen.
“I managed to watch young Joe spar recently and he looks good. He looks a very talented young guy,” said Fury.
“And also you’ve got Justis Huni – he looks pretty good as well.”
“Australia’s got a thriving heavyweight scene going on at the moment.”
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GUTSY GALLEN GLAD TO BE KNOWN
Paul Gallen joked to me that his boxing career had reached a logical conclusion with his own mention by Tyson Fury.
The world champion watched Main Event’s coverage of Gallen’s defeat at the hands of Justis Huni and admired the former NRL star’s resilience.
“I managed to see the Paul Gallen fight. May I say Paul Gallen’s very gutsy. He’s got some balls on him – credit to him.”
Gallen response, “I can retire happy. The world champ knows my name!”
Far from hanging up the gloves Gallen is preparing for a December bout with a current or former NRL player.
AUSSIE TO HELP AJ AGAIN
Tyson Fury used our interview to put forward an offer to train Anthony Joshua for his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk but it’s an Aussie heavyweight the former unified world champion will call upon for assistance.
Southpaw Demsey McKean is ranked #11 by both the WBO and IBF and is currently sparring with Dillian Whyte in Portugal but has already been asked to return to Joshua’s camp for next year’s rematch.
“His management asked me the day after the fight to be there at the start of camp,” says McKean.
“I was very surprised by the result (of the first fight). I was hoping AJ wouldn’t try to box with Usyk too much but that’s exactly what happened.”
McKean’s international debut is set to be announced shortly.
Meantime the undefeated Brock Jarvis now has an opponent for his American debut, with 13-4-2 Mexican Alejandro Frias Rodriguez to face the Aussie on the Mikey Garcia v Sandor Martin undercard on Sunday 17 October (AEDT) in Fresno, California.
NEW CHAPTERS IN LIGHTWEIGHT SAGA
One day a book might be written on the tale of Teofimo Lopez v George Kambosos and it has some new chapters now, with Triller officially out and Matchroom USA set to promote the fight.
When Triller couldn’t convince the Kambosos team to shift dates yet again the company ultimately jumped out of the mess before being pushed by the IBF which wrote, in finding them in default:
“The IBF has been consistent in accommodating numerous date changes for this bout contingent upon all parties mutually agreeing.”
“Apparently Mr Kambosos does not agree with postponing the contracted date.”
Matchroom hasn’t announced a date or venue but it wouldn’t be a surprise for the fight to settle in New York in early December.
In terms of purses, Lopez’s side is now set to earn $US2,278,900 (plus $US782,340 from Triller’s lost deposit) and Kambosos’ team will share in $US1,227,100 (plus $US421,260).
REALITY SHOW CASTS BOXERS
Even the most reluctant reality television viewers amongst us might be compelled to tune in to the next series of SAS Australia, which will feature boxers Michael Zerafa and Ebanie Bridges.
It will be intriguing to see which side of Zerafa’s persona producers focus on, following his controversial withdrawal one week out from his scheduled fight with Tim Tszyu.
And it would be no surprise if genius self-promoter Bridges is able to use the show to accelerate the growth of her mainstream presence.
Shooting for the series started late last week, with cross-code star Barry Hall also in the cast.
BOXING ON FOX SPORTS AND MAIN EVENT THIS SUNDAY
World-ranked super welterweights Liam Smith and Anthony Fowler collide this Sunday morning on Fox Sports 507 from 5am AEDT, before Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder 3 on Main Event from midday.