20 Newcastle Festival fights announced


Nikita Tszyu is set to be one of a whopping 20 fights as a boxing show in Newcastle on October 8 has been officially announced.

Tszyu (3-0) will face Darkon Dryden (4-0) in one of the showpiece fights alongside Dennis Hogan’s (30-4-1) world title fight against defending IBO light middleweight champion Sam Eggington (32-7), although the main event is yet to be confirmed.

Also on the card are budding Aussie stars Paulo Aokuso and Sam Goodman, as is Australia-based Irishman Darragh Foley.

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No Limit CEO George Rose felt taking advantage of Australia’s huge line-up of star boxers was a no-brainer, especially during the quiet time in the local sport.

“When you have so much talent to offer here in Australia why not put everyone on the same day,” Rose said.

“It’s that time of year when the football season has just ended and you have that little itch you need to scratch. We have the scratch for you at Newcastle.

“A boxing festival, all day fights, beer gardens, festival background music, it will be a great day out for anyone attending the Newcastle Entertainment Centre.”

Nikita Tszyu is expected to be one of 20 huge fights in a boxing show.Source: Getty Images

With many fighters in action in October, it will generate unprecedented levels of excitement.

And Rose fanned the flames, issuing a five-figure challenge to all fighters set to appear on the map.

“I want to see everyone step in and steal the show and get us all excited,” Rose said.

“I’m going to be so excited I might even throw knockout bonuses! I want to see this!

“I’m going to set it up, if you can get a big knockout, I’m going to set up big knockout bonuses. I’m going to put in $10,000.

Hard-hitting stars Tszyu and Dryden will certainly be eyeing the bonus.

The war of words between the duo has already started, as Dryden claimed that Tszyu had “TKOs, but I put them [opponents] sleep.”

He also made the chilling prediction that “Tszyu falls in five”.

Although Tszyu wasn’t quite as direct in his view of how the fight would unfold, he did have a warning for Dryden if he thought his fighting style was quite on point.

“He thinks we’re going to trade, so let him think we’re trading,” Tszyu said.

“I will have my own game plan.”

SUPER SATURDAY BOXING FESTIVAL CARD (STARTING MONDAY)

Nikita Tszyu vs. Darkon Dryden

Dennis Hogan vs. Sam Eggington for IBO Super Welterweight World Title

Sam Goodman vs. Jason Cooper for IBF and WBO Oriental Super Bantamweight titles

Darragh Foley vs. Blake Minto for vacant IBO International Lightweight title

Paolo Aokuso vs. Faris Chevalier for vacant IBO Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title

Shanell Dargan vs. TBA

Jayde Mitchell vs. Mark Lucas

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