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Horn pulls off monumental upset
Ben Horn has pulled off a monumental upset with a unanimous points decision (57-56, 57-56, 58-55).
Taylor had come into this fight with a perfect 9-0 record (four KOs), but just couldn’t match the gutsy Queenslander. Horn gave Nikita Tszyu a mighty fright in their bout, but this is the biggest scalp of his career.
Jeff Fenech described it as “an amazing performance” and he is spot on. Reckon there’s every chance of a rematch in the future.
Parker is peaking
As this Taylor-Horn fight unfolds – the latter is on track for the upset of the year – here are some finals words from Joseph Parker.
“I love it here, I’ve been here for two weeks and I’ve loved every moment of it,” he said.
“This is an important fight for both of us. Django has been working hard, putting in the work, he’s ready for it.
Joseph Parker is predicting an emphatic win.Credit: No Limit Boxing
“But I haven’t been in this sort of shape for a long, long time. Mentally, physically, I’m ready to go. I’m going to put on a great display, smash him and come away with the win.”
Horn knocks down Taylor in round one!
This has gotten off to a scintillating start. Horn, the underdog, has dropped Taylor with a vicious left hand. Taylor got back to his feet and survived the 15 or so seconds required to get to the bell. This could be an upset!
Horn in the house
And we’ve just got under way in Ben Horn v Joel Taylor. Horn is the brother of “The Hornet”, Jeff Horn, while Jeff Fenech has just labelled Taylor one of the most impressive fighters in the country.
Joseph Parker’s bid to rule the world again
Joseph Parker is kinda a big deal. The Kiwi is Oceania’s only legitimate world heavyweight champion and has huge scalps Derek Chisora, Andy Ruiz and Dillian Whyte on his resume. He’s also disposed of a few – including Solomon Haumono, Alex Leapai and Kali Meehan – on his way to the top.
The 31 year old also has friends in high places, which is why Tyson Fury has flown into Australia to witness his fight with Django.
Joseph Parker has arrived in great shape.Credit: No Limit Boxing
Righto folks, here’s what’s coming up. The next fight is between Joel Taylor and Ben Horn; fight fans will remember the latter gave Nikita Tszyu a terrific contest. Then we’ve got the AFL bout between Cameron Mooney and Tom Bellchambers and then the two main bouts featuring Tszyu and then Parker.
There’s been a brief delay in the schedule as an ambulance is brought in for Campbell Somerville, who took a frightful beating from Isaias Sette.
The Gypsy King makes his presence felt
Tyson Fury, one of the most recognisable athletes in the world, has enjoyed his time in Melbourne. The WBC undefeated heavyweight champion has enjoyed the local hospitality and drummed up plenty of publicity throughout the process.
“What about me? I’m tall, dark and handsome. I’m super sexy and I’m in Melbourne!” Fury said during the broadcast.
“Melbourne’s a great place, I love the city, I’d love to fight here.”
Tyson Fury is in Melbourne.Credit: Getty
There’s been talk that Fury could take on unheralded Queensland Demsey McKean in Australia, but realistically there isn’t enough money – even with significant government support – for that to transpire.
Fury, who will walk out with Parker, has suggested he may face his great mate if he wins tonight.
Fighting words from Latrell
It wouldn’t be a No Limit event without a footy fight. Given it’s being staged in Melbourne, it’s appropriate that a couple of AFL types get it on. Cameron Mooney and Tom Bellchambers will climb into the ring at Margaret Court Arena and there could be a very big name awaiting the victor.
Latrell Mitchell, enjoying a day off during Blues camp, took to social media to declare he will take on the winner. Given Mitchell is managed by the same people behind No Limit, it’s not as inconceivable as it sounds.
Latrell Mitchell could be heading into the ring.
We may soon find out if “TrellMit” can throw them!
Good evening fight fans!
We have a very unique pugilistic offering from Melbourne for you tonight. Nikita Tszyu is back in the ring on a card that is headlined by former heavyweight champion Joseph Parker fighting on Australian soil for the first time. Watching it all unfold from ringside is none other than the “Gypsy King” himself, heavyweight superstar Tyson Fury.
Tszyu will come up against the appropriately named Ben Bommber. Both are rising stars with identical records – 5 wins, 4 knockouts, no losses. One of them is about to have their undefeated record tarnished.
Joseph Parker and Faiga ‘Django’ Opelu are ready to rumble.Credit: No Limit Boxing
Parker, who held the WBO heavyweight title from 2016 to 2018, will cap off a stacked card with a clash against Faiga ‘Django’ Opelu.
So sit back, relax and enjoy the action!
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