Joel Brunker ready for Mike Oliver, hopes to land shot at Chris John
Talented featherweight Joel Brunker makes a second appearance on American soil tonight fresh from the undefeated Aussie’s stunning first round knockout win over Carlos Fulgencio in December of 2012.
Since then, the 27 year-old has come through two bouts on home soil with minimal fuss and now continues his march towards a certain world title shot in 2014 against American southpaw Mike Oliver in Atlantic City.
Brunker provides support to compatriot Daniel Geale, who defends his IBF middleweight belt against Darren Barker in what will be his US debut, and knows he can ill afford a slip-up against Oliver, 33, at the Revel Resort live on HBO.
“Mike Oliver has fought some quality opponents and he will be hungry to get the win, but I have put in the hard work in the gym to make sure that doesn’t happen,” Brunker told World Boxing News.
Oliver has lost his last two contests, including one to another Australian, Billy Dib in his most recent outing last July, although Brunker is not letting his position as favourite alter his approach to the fight.
“It isn’t really something I think about,” said Brunker. “I just go about what I need to do to be ready for the fight.
“A world title could be close, although nothing is ever a guarantee, but my team and I will be working towards it and hopefully my time comes soon.”
WBA ‘super’ featherweight king Chris John has emerged as the number one target for Brunker, who goes hunting a 27th win in a career spanning five years so far.
“I will fight anyone that is put in front of me and take any opportunity at any champion, but If I did get a choice I would love a shot at Chris John,” he added.