Australia will host one more major boxing event this year, albeit an extremely strange one. Two previously announced matchups, Tim Tszyu vs. Bowyn Morgan and rugby veteran Paul Gallen vs. former UFC title challenger Mark Hunt, will share a December 16th card in Sydney’s Bankwest Stadium.
OFFICIAL! Tim Tszyu is stepping back in the ring with NZ’s Bowyn Morgan & Paul Gallen will take on former UFC Heavyweight Mark Hunt in the Sydney Super Fight Showdown this Summer!— Ticketek Australia (@Ticketek_AU) October 28, 2020
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Both matchups feature Aussie vs. Kiwi action. Rockdale’s Tszyu (16-0, 12 KO) is coming off the biggest win of his career, an eight-round demolition of Jeff Horn this past August that left him the highest-ranked WBO super welterweight contender behind mandatory challenger Brian Castano. Christchurch’s Morgan (21-1, 11 KO), an accomplished amateur who’s won 14 straight since a 2016 upset loss to Kris George, isn’t expected to dislodge him.
Gallen (9-0-1, 5 KO) against Hunt (0-1-1, 0 KO) would have been pretty one-sided about, oh, five years ago. Hunt’s now 46, on the wrong end of some nasty beatings, and will probably be taking advantage of the fact that he no longer has to make 265 pounds. I’m pulling for the “Super Samoan,” but even a rugby convert might be too much for him at this point.