HERMAN ENE-PURCELL FACES THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE OF HIS CAREER TAKING ON PROVEN FELLOW AUSSIE HEAVYWEIGHT JUSTIN WHITEHEAD in a six round Australian title eliminator at Rumours International on October 22.
Whitehead, who has a career record of six wins and one loss, has a stellar resume in both the pro’s and amateurs. He’s a former Commonwealth games bronze medalist and in the pro ranks a former Australian heavyweight champion and former WBF International and Asia Pacific title holder.
He boasts career wins over the likes of Soloman Haumono, who recently fought New Zealand’s world rated heavyweight Jospeh Parker.
“Justin Whitehead will be one of, if not the best credentialed heavyweight to ever fight in Toowoomba,” Promoter Brendon Smith said.
“From a Commonwealth games medal to National and regional titles in the pro’s he’s done it all.
“This is a huge fight for Herman and without a doubt the biggest fight of his career.
“This is a crucial stepping stone to where we want to get with Herman.
“If we want to put ourselves in the picture for Australian titles and Youth Regional and World titles this is a hurdle we have to clear.
“It’s no easy task, Justin has been in there with the best.
“He’s rated well above Herman in the National ratings so this fight is an eliminator for the Australian title.”
In the ANBF ratings Justin Whitehead is ranked number three and Herman Ene-Purcell eleven. The Champion is the Gold Coast’s Willie Nasio.
“Currently, I’m ranked number eleven and I want to climb that ladder,” Ene-Purcell said.
“The way to climb the ladder is to beat those above me so I have a golden opportunity against Justin Whitehead.
“He’s three, I’m eleven a win here and I’m in the box seat to challenge for the National title.
“I understand it’s no easy task, Justin is rated so highly for a reason.
“Obviously I’m the underdog in this one – and I can’t argue, he is rated eight places above me in the rankings.
“But when we get into the ring rankings don’t mean anything and I’ll be in there looking for a win.
“To do it at home on a big show is a huge thrill as well.
“I respect Justin Whitehead greatly and acknowledge it’s a big fight for Toowoomba so hopefully I can be the victor.
“I understand what is a stake.
“A win here and I’m line for a title shot so I’ll take this opportunity with both hands.”
This is a huge announcement for the October 22 card TGW & Smithy Bring the Big Fights 14. The main event is between undefeated prospects Brent Rice and Matt Casboult for the Australian super featherweight title.
“This card has two bouts that will change the landscape of two divisions in this country,” Brendon Smith said.
“We will have a new king of the super featherweight division and further more this is a showdown of two of the countries hottest prospects Brent Rice and Matt Casboult.
“And the Herminator vs Whitehead bout will shake up the heavyweight rankings.
“The winner is next in line for the Australian heavyweight title and that’s the key motivation for both fighters.
“Also Justin and Herman match up really well – styles make fights and these two are made for each other. The fans will enjoy this one.
“October 22 is shaping up as a great show, we will have more fight announcements to come in the coming weeks.
“Tickets will go on sale later in the month.”