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Brent Rice, Matt Casboult battle for Aussie belt on October 22

In a huge announcement, promoter Brendon Smith confirmed contracts have been signed for Brent Rice, 4-0 to face Matt Casboult, 5-0 for the vacant Australian super featherweight title.

“It’s signed, sealed and delivered – Brent Rice and Matt Casboult for the Australian title on October 22 right here in Toowoomba at Rumours International,” Smith said.

“The Australian title is the pinnacle of boxing in this country and to have two undefeated prospects fighting for it is a huge coup.

“In many peoples eyes these two young men are destined for big things in the sport.

“Brent has taken all before him in the pro ranks with four eye catching wins – among them victories over the previously undefeated James Katz and the highly credentialed Fred Mundraby.

“While Matt is forging a similar path, undefeated in five bouts with big wins over the likes of former State champion Mark Ramirez.”

“This is set to be one of the most anticipated domestic fights of the year.”

Adding further spice to this contest the pair to have some history. They met as amateurs with Brent Rice walking away victorious by split decision.

Casboult has made no secret of his desire to reverse that result in the pro ranks.

“This is a ten round pro fight and not a three round amateur sprint,” Casboult said. “We’re not kids anymore we are men now.

“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to fight for the title on such a big card.

“With my trainer Damien O’Mara we will leave no stone unturned.

“Brent picked up the win in the amateurs but I plan on walking away with the title in the pro ranks.”

Casboult’s trainer Damien O’Mara added:

“I’m certain that this will be a crowd pleasing fight with two very skilful boxers pitted against each other.

“Thanks to Brendon Smith from Smithy’s TGW Promotions for helping young boxers achieve their dreams.

“We’re coming to Toowoomba and plan on ending Brent Rice’s undefeated record and returning to the Gold Coast with the Australian title belt,” O’Mara said.

The ten round title bout is the biggest step up of Brent Rice’s career. After starting his pro career in dominant fashion he feels ready for the challenge.

“It’s a big step up, no questions there, but that’s what this sport is about – stepping up and taking opportunities when presented,” Rice said.

“I’ve worked my way up the National rankings and now I’m in a position to challenge for the belt.

“I’ve got a tough fight ahead of me with Matt Casboult. Matt’s a really good fighter, I know that first hand from our bout in the amateurs.

“He obviously feels he’s better placed in the long distance pro rounds but so do I so that’s what makes it a great contest.

“I’ll give it my best shot and I’ll work hard with dad, my trainer and make sure I’m in the best possible shape come October 22.

“To be given this opportunity to join the illustrious list of Australia title winners is an honour in itself.

“I’ll take it with both hands, give it my best shot and hopefully it’s good enough to see my hand raised as the victor on the night.”