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TOOWOOMBA has not seen the likes of it before, but the stage is set for a historic confrontation when Australian and Brazilian pride goes on the line this month at Rumours International.
The gala Halloween night of boxing will be battled out along team lines with five Toowoomba fighters uniting in the green and gold to take on five Brazilian representatives.
The winning team will claim the inaugural John Geiger Cup.
Fight promoter Brendon Smith believes the country-on-country card is a first in Australian boxing.
“I don’t believe this has been done before in Australia where there has been a team of five boxers from one country over here fighting for a cup,” Smith said.
“It will certainly be historic for the Darlings Downs. We have never had a show this size in Toowoomba with 10 pro fights all-up.”
Lining up on the Australian team are Smithy’s Gym quartet Brayd Smith, Jack Asis, Will Young and Darren Askew.
Rounding out the side is exciting undefeated light welterweight Kris George from Trading Blows Gym.
The Brazilian’s statistics stack up well against the home team.
The visitors have amassed 96 wins between them with 74 by knockout.
The less experienced hosts have a combined 61 victories including 33 knockouts.
Smith said statistically the Brazilians will be cup favourites.
“Statistically the Brazilians would be favoured,” Smith said.
“They’ve had more international experience than our blokes.
“They have travelled the world to be involved in numerous title fights.
“They’ve had a lot of notice for this match-up and they have a lot of firepower.
“They’ll be coming with pride, but they’ll be in our backyard and that’s the advantage for our boys.”
While team honours are at stake on the night the individual match-ups present huge opportunities for the local fighters.
Asis will meet Isaias Santo Sampaio for the vacant WBA Oceania super featherweight title.
George also fights for his first international belt against Brazil’s team captain Fernando Ferreira Da Silva with the vacant WBA Oceania light welterweight title on the line.
Aussie team leader Brayd Smith meets Cid Edson Bispo.
Askew will battle lightweight Diego Vincente Perez over six rounds while featherweight Will Young also has a six-round match against Reginaldo Carvalho.
Tickets are on sale at Smithy’s Gym.
AUSTRALIA v BRAZIL
Friday, October 31
Brayd Smith, Kris George, Jack
Asis, Darren Askew, Will Young
Wins: 61. KO’s: 33
Losses: 27. Draws: 7
Cid Bispo Ribeiro, Fernando Da
Silva, Isaias Sampaiao, Diego
Perez, Reginaldo Carvalho
Wins: 96. KO’s: 74
Losses: 38. Draws: 1