Boxing – Aussies Abroad

By Hayden Hooper ( @hoopaman18 )

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The following week will see three Australian boxers take to the ring across three different countries. Blake Capparello, Jarrod Fletcher and Jason Cooper will all fight abroad in bouts that could define their respective careers.

Capparello’s US Debut

Undefeated Light Heavyweight Blake Capparello (18-0-1, 6KOs) will make his debut on American soil on the massive Super Bowl weekend. He faces veteran Elvir Muriqi (40-5, 24KOs) as the main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.

Capparello is coming off the most impressive performance of his career, easily outpointing veteran American Allan Green, to claim the IBO title.

In order to chase the dream of big fights under the bright lights in America and more globally recognised titles, Capparello was forced to relinquish the IBO belt.

Capparello has been in the States preparing and said, “Elvir is a strong, solid fighter. We’ve had a good look at him. He’s the type, if we want to make an impression, we have to beat him good. That’s our plan.”

The fight card is to be held at the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange, New Jersey. It will be broadcast Live on ESPN2 in Australia from 1p.m, Saturday the 1st.

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Fletcher’s WBA bout in Monte Carlo

Queensland Middleweight Jarrod ‘Left Jab’ Fletcher (17-1, 10KOs) travels to Monaco to challenge the Ukraine’s Max Bursak (29-1-1, 12KOs) for his WBA Continental title on the Monte Carlo Boxing Bonanza tournament.

Originally scheduled to face Brittan’s Martin Murray for his Interim WBA world title, Murray withdrew from the bout, claiming injury as reason, when it’s rumoured he is only chasing a bigger fight with IBF champion Felix Sturm.

With Bursak stepping in, Fletcher was fortunately able to stay on the blockbuster event. Bursak is an extremely dangerous replacement but Fletcher took everything as a true professional, saying, “It doesn’t matter who I fight, I’m focused and ready for this.”

Fletcher, who has been finishing up training camp with his team in France says, “This is the biggest fight of my career, I’ve worked for 20 years and I’m finally at that world level. If I can win this fight it’s going to open up doors and get bigger fights for world titles.”

This fight can be seen on MainEvent PPV from 4p.m Sunday the 2nd, on the undercard of undefeated WBA and IBO Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin when he defends his titles against Osumanu Adama.

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Nugget’s WBC Title fight in China

Deception Bay boxer Jason ‘Nugget’ Cooper (8-1-1, 4KOs) heads to China with hopes of taking Qiu Xiao Jun’s (10-2, 4KOs) WBC Asia Council Continental and WBC Youth World titles.

The 22 year old Super Bantamweight prospect is riding a six fight win streak. This will be the former Australian champion’s first chance to showcase his talent internationally and a victory could open more opportunities on the world stage for the rising star.

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