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Junior Fa knows he has a huge chance to push his profile with a good win over Lucas Browne in Melbourne.
Boxers are prone to positivity, often to failure, but Junior Fa’s confidence levels seem justifiably high as he seeks to resume his heavyweight career in Melbourne on Sunday.
Fa’s mindset should be rewarded when he meets veteran Australian Lucas Browne at a packed Marvel Stadiumas one of the main sub-cards to the world light unification battle between Aussie George Kambosos and American Devin Haney.
It is a massive opportunity for New Zealand boxing with fellow heavyweight Hemi Ahio and rising cruiserweight David Nyika also fighting. This is a moment that Fa is desperate to maximize.
Heavyweight boxer in the ring with coach Doug Viney.
It has been 16 long months since he lost his undefeated record and WBO ranking of No. 6 with a points loss to Joseph Parker in Auckland.
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With the WBA’s Oceania title on the line and a huge international broadcast this is Fa’s chance to get back on track.
He erased that costly defeat at the hands of his compatriot from his mindset a long time ago and concentrated on orchestrating a way back. He sees Melbourne, with around 57,000 fans in attendance, as the perfect platform for a relaunch.
“My focus is more on just getting back in the ring because it’s been so long since I’ve fought, more than a year. The feeling of loss is a bit gone. do a good job and in the end I’ll beat Lucas Browne – I can’t wait for that, “Fa. said Stuff of Melbourne.
He acknowledged Browne’s fitness and strength. But at 43, the Western Australian’s main days are behind him, and Fa has to prove it with a presentation to excite his American promoter Lou DiBella who also has Kambosos in his books and is staging this global event.
“I have confidence that I can put Lucas Browne out and I can put him out whenever I want. That’s basically the plan – get him out, hurt him and wait until he falls,” said Fa, maintaining his ability and speed advantage.
At the age of 32, the Covid pandemic was unfavorable to Fa, robbing him of a number of major years. He is determined to make up for it. He doesn’t want to go ahead, knowing the cost of an upset loss to Browne, but he thinks big.
“Big fights and big names, that’s what I’m looking for, 100%,” Fa said.
“The big fights are what I want and after this fight I will demand that. I will only do the best I can here to hopefully put myself with someone good, someone who will put me in the rankings.”
Daytime advertising brings its own challenges for someone accustomed to entering the ring for late night battles. He is scheduled to fight around noon local time and has adjusted his rally accordingly.
“For the last few weeks we’ve been fighting around noon and training around noon, just to make sure we’re used to it. But I guess it’s going to be the same when it comes to fighting time … then it will be time to leave. “
Fa enjoyed the Kiwi camaraderie this opportunity presented and worked closely with his good friend Ahio, with both coming out of the acclaimed City Kickboxing gym in Auckland.
Ahio had to make some late adjustments in another key area. His original opponent, American Joe Jones, was unable to do the paperwork to enter Australia.
Ahio is now facing a local opponent in Cameroon-born, Melbourne Christian Ndzie Tsoye, who is likely to present more of a challenge.
Tsoye has five wins, four losses and two draws. But he was never stopped, and his losses came against good quality opponents, including leading Australian heavyweights Justis Huni and Joseph Goodall who are competing in Brisbane on June 15. Tsoye was good enough to win a draw in his rematch with Goodall and four of them. his victories came by knockouts.
“It doesn’t change things too much, training has been good,” said the quiet Ahio, who is 18-0 with 13 KOs and is keen to extend international taste to his career, which has led him to Saudi Arabia, USA. , UAE, and now Australia in recent times.
Nyika is also a fighter in motion. Two easy professional victories in Auckland and Manchester have the 26-year-old looking for more rounds in this fight against young Australian Karim Maatalla.
It’s a great opportunity for Nyika to impress as he mixes his schedules, still aiming for a third gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in late July after receiving a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.