Lucas Browne v Eric Martel Bahoeli
Browne (19-0, 17KOs), faces Canadian Eric Martel Bahoeli (10-3, 7KOs) for the lucrative Commonwealth title at Sheffield’s Ponds Fordge Arena in the United Kingdom.
Not since the great Peter Jackson in 1892 has an Australian held the Commonwealth Heavyweight title.
Along with breaking the 122 year old drought, a victory could propel Browne, currently ranked #11 by the WBC, onto the world stage or possibly set up a mouth watering all Australian showdown with Leapai.
Promoted by former British world champion Ricky Hatton and having fought in the United Kingdom four times previous, ‘Big Daddy’ enters with a strong following.
The bout will be shown Live on Foxtel’s EuroSport channel at 6am Sunday morning.
Bribie Island Light Welterweight Ty Gilchrist will feature on the undercard.
Leapai v Klitschko
The press conference also could have been mistaken for a scene straight out of a Rocky film, when former champion Shannon Briggs interrupted, Clubber Lang like, and begun to call out and taunt Klitschko.
The Ukrainian champion brushed off the brash America’s comments, but Leapai took offense when Briggs called him a ‘Bum’, and the Australian had to be restrained from approaching Briggs.
The Brisbane based slugger who holds a record of 30-4-3, 24KOs, is attempting to become the first ever Australian to capture a Heavyweight World title when he takes on the Ukrainian superstar at the Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen Germany, on Sunday morning Australian time.
Much like Rocky, he enters as huge underdog against WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF title holder Klitschko, whose record stands impressively at 61-3, 51Kos, and has not tasted defeat in a decade.
The fight will be broadcast Live on MainEvent PPV with proceedings to begin at 6 am and the title fight to begin at around 7 am Sunday morning.
Undercard will feature highly touted New Zealand heavyweight prospect Joseph Parker (7-0, 6KOs).