STILL STANDING: Ipswich boxer Demsey McKean will fight in an eight man tournament tomorrow night in Melbourne.
STILL STANDING: Ipswich boxer Demsey McKean will fight in an eight man tournament tomorrow night in Melbourne. Inga Williams

Tower of terror to take on seven contenders

IPSWICH boxing star Demsey McKean will tomorrow take on seven heavyweight rivals in his biggest challenge to date.

McKean was recently crowned Queensland's heavyweight champion and flew down to Melbourne today with manager and owner of the Ipswich Corporate Box Gym, Kurtis Pegoraro.

Tomorrow the pair will be joined by Demsey's crew of more than 20 Ipswich supporters ahead of the fight night at the Melbourne Pavilion.

The main event will be between WBA flyweight interim champion Randy 'Razor' Petalcorin and, Tanzanian born, Australian fighter Omar Kimweri for the vacant WBC Silver title.

Promoted by Brian Amatruda from Big Time Boxing, the under-card will feature a last man standing heavyweight tournament where the 109kg Ipswichian will test his strength and endurance.

Eight heavyweight boxers will enter the ring for three eliminator bouts each to determine the overall winner.

Nicknamed the 'Tower of Terror', McKean is confident his six-foot-six frame will see him finish head and shoulders above the rest.

"I'm pretty pumped for it," Demsey said.

"I've finished my training, now I just have to do the weigh in and let my body heal a bit.

"It's just a waiting game until the fight now."

All eight fighters must have a record of 10 fights or less, with the majority of the contestants being debutantes.

McKean, and notable heavyweight prospect Tai Tuivasa, will be odds-on-favourite to win the tournament, with both fighters hoping a win could push for an Australian heavyweight title bout.

With $15,000 in prize money and a potential title bout within reach, the 25-year-old felt confident he had done his homework on his rival Tuivasa.

"He's a pretty tough guy from what I've seen of his fights," he said.

"I've got the height, the range and the speed to beat him, I just have to use my reach and stick to the plan.

"Tai moves really well so I definitely won't overlook him."

With the fight to be streamed live, the 109kg boxer hoped fans back home would follow the action online.

"There's going to be a lot of hungry guys on the night," he said.

"I'm pretty confident I'm going to come away with the win and the $15,000.

"It's going to be good to have my own fans there and hopefully we can get a few people watching along online."


Tune in

Visit the Corporate Box Ipswich Facebook page for a link to the live stream of tomorrow night's fight featuring Ipswich heavyweight boxer Demsey McKean.

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