Dem­sey’s keen for knock­out at Sharks

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT - GRANTLEE KIEZA

QUEENS­LAND gi­ant Dem­sey McKean pre­dicts he will re­tain his Aus­tralian heavy­weight box­ing ti­tle within “four or five rounds’’ against Perth vet­eran Roger Izon­ritei tonight on a his­toric night of fights at South­port Sharks.

The heavy­weight ti­tle fight is one of four na­tional cham­pi­onships be­ing con­tested and Ip­swich-based McKean prom­ises to bring the fire­works for his first de­fence of his Aus­tralian ti­tle.

The heavy-handed 198cm, 110kg south­paw won the Aus­tralian belt with a sav­age stop­page of Gold Coast slug­ger Wil­lie Na­sio in Melbourne last year and says he is gun­ning for an­other Perth heavy­weight, for­mer world champ Lu­cas Browne, in 2019.

“I want to reach the top level,’’ McKean says.

“I’ve got the size and ath­leti­cism, the speed and I’m get­ting that power now.

“I’m look­ing to end the fight against Roger in four or five rounds. I think it will be an­other knock­out win.”

Known as The Tower of Ter­ror, McKean, 28, be­came in­volved in Mixed Martial Arts nine years ago. He is now un­beaten in 12 pro fights.

Tonight’s main event sees flam­boy­ant Gold Coast fighter Ja­cob “The Flamingo’’ Ng fight­ing for the Aus­tralian light­weight ti­tle against Yep­poon south­paw Gaige Ire­land.

Mackay’s ris­ing star Tysinn Best will bat­tle Jeff Horn’s spar­ring partner Nathan Web­ber for the Aus­tralian wel­ter­weight ti­tle.

Dem­sey McKean.

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