Mor­gan could send ri­val ‘to Dis­ney­land’

The Press - - Sport - MAT KERMEEN

Ste­vie Fer­di­nan­dus has come from Jakarta to Christchurch but Phil Shat­ford is pre­dict­ing he will be head­ing home via Dis­ney­land.

Shat­ford, who trains and man­ages New Zealand’s num­ber one ranked wel­ter­weight boxer, Bowyn Mor­gan, is brim­ming with con­fi­dence that his fighter can take Fer­di­nan­dus’ IBO Asia Pa­cific wel­ter­weight belt on Fri­day night.

There was no war of words, as the pair com­fort­ably made weight on Thurs­day ahead of their bout in Christchurch, but both fight­ers are supremely con­fi­dent.

One of them has to be wrong and Shat­ford is con­fi­dent it won’t be Mor­gan.

‘‘He’s come from Jakarta to Christchurch but if Bowyn catches up with him – and I’m sure he will – he’ll be head­ing home via Dis­ney­land,’’ Shat­ford said.

Shat­ford, an Of­fi­cer of the New Zealand Or­der of Merit, is a twotime na­tional ama­teur coach who guided the likes of WBO world heavy­weight cham­pion Joseph Parker dur­ing his days in the ama­teur ranks.

‘‘He (Fer­di­nan­dus) is a tough chal­lenge but I don’t think he’ll stand up to Bowyn’s re­lent­less pres­sure.’’

Fer­di­nan­dus, who ar­rived in Christchurch on Tues­day, holds no fears about Mor­gan – who al­ready holds the IBO Ocea­nia su­per wel­ter­weight and the NZNBF wel­ter­weight belts.

The In­done­sian boxer, who has a sig­nif­i­cant ex­pe­ri­ence, height and reach ad­van­tage over Mor­gan, said he is ex­tremely con­fi­dent he will be vic­to­ri­ous.

‘‘He is a good fighter but I’m not wor­ried about him,’’ Fer­di­nan­dus said ahead of the bout at Hornby Work­ing Men’s Club.

Fer­di­nan­dus scored a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion over the pre­vi­ously un­de­feated Cairo Ge­orge, of Waikato, in Sin­ga­pore back in May and be­lieves he can pick up an­other Kiwi scalp.

Mor­gan, a for­mer Com­mon­wealth Games rep­re­sen­ta­tive, was dis­ap­pointed a do­mes­tic clash with Ge­orge could not be made but said a vic­tory over Fer­di­nan­dus will go some way to set­tling the score.

Mor­gan, who said he was feel­ing re­laxed and ready to go at the weigh in on Thurs­day, has vowed that the fight will not go the full 10 rounds.

Fer­di­nan­dus (66.3kg) and Mor­gan (66.5kg) made the wel­ter­weight limit of 66.6kg.

PHOTO: JOSEPH JOHN­SON/STUFF

Can­ter­bury boxer Bowyn Mor­gan squares up against In­done­sia’s Ste­vie Fer­di­nan­gus in an Asia-Pa­cific wel­ter­weight fight at the Hornby WMC tonight.

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