Big month for Australian boxers Danny Green, Lucas Browne, Jason Cooper

Big month for Australian boxers Danny Green, Lucas Browne, Jason Cooper


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Boxer Danny Green during a sparring session in Melbourne. Picture: Colleen Petch

JEFF Horn’s big win in New Zealand last Saturday night ushered in a huge month for Australian boxers.

Horn, Brisbane’s world No. 10 welterweight, took a seventh-round technical decision over Ukraine’s Viktor Plotnikov in Invercargill to climb further up the ladder that leads to world champ Floyd Mayweather as other Australian fighters now rev up for major bouts.

On August 14 Channel 9 will televise a Jeff Fenech promotion from Melbourne that will feature world No. 3 heavyweight Lucas Browne against Argentina’s Gonzalo Omar Basile and world-class lightweight Will Tomlinson facing Filipino Adones Aguelo.

Lucas Browne.

Five days later former world champ Danny Green, still feisty at 42, returns to the ring in Melbourne against Slovakian Tamas Kovacs, who has 25 wins in 26 starts. The card also sees hot Sydney prospect Jack Brubaker tackling China’s Yang Xing Xin for the WBC Youth World welterweight title.

Deception Bay’s Jason Cooper, the No. 14 contender for the WBA super-bantamweight title, faces Marco Demecillo of the Philippines at the Mansfield Tavern on August 29. Cooper has 14 wins in 17 fights and is looking for a seventh consecutive victory.

On the same card Brisbane’s Miles Zalewski defends his Australian lightweight title against Melbourne’s Andrew Wallace.

Jason "Nugget" Cooper. Picture: Andrew Wilkie Photography

At the same venue this Friday night, emerging promoter Steve Wijangco, who fought at the Mansfield Tavern nine times as a crowd-pleasing welterweight, stages another card topped by young heavyweight Demsey (Demsey) McKean against Moses Havea.

On Saturday night at the North Sydney Rugby League Club, Queenslanders Faris Chevalier and Joel Casey both fight for Australian titles while at the Gold Coast Turf Club James Porter fights Kurtis Pegoraro for the Queensland cruiserweight crown.

Queensland’s best amateur fighters will be competing in the huge Golden Gloves event at the Acacia Ridge Hotel on August 20-23.

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