HEAVYWEIGHT HERMAN ENE-PURCELL CONTINUES HIS QUEST FOR TITLE GLORY when he takes on exciting New Zealand based Samoan King Afa Tatupu on March 11 at Rumours International.
King Afa is a former New Zealand heavyweight champion – losing that belt to current World Champion Joseph Parker. Afa is an exciting come forward fighter who throws a lot of punches.
“King Afa gave Joseph Parker a real test,” Ene-Purcell’s Manager Brendon Smith said.
“Whilst Parker recorded a knock out victory in the second round, he had to work hard for his win and King Afa actually cut Parker in the opening round.
“King Afa is a march forward fighter who throws a lot of punches and is all action which is evidenced in the footage of his bout with Parker.
“The mere fact he was in the same ring as Parker speaks volumes of the fighter he is.
“It took a World champion to dethrone him of his National title.
“King Afa has punching power as well, in his nine career wins he’s recorded seven knock outs, six of those knock outs wins came in the first two rounds.
“He’s a fast starter, he explodes from the opening bell.
“Put him in the ring with Herman and it spells – fire works.
“Styles makes fights and this pair have the perfect style for an exciting fight for the spectators.
It looms as another significant challenge for Ene-Purcell who capped off a busy 2016 with four wins from five bouts including wins over seas in New Zealand and China.
He proved he’s on track for an Australian title shot defeating Justin Whitehead in October, who at the time was ranked number two by the ANBF.
Ene-Purcell’s performances seeing him move to number five in the ANBF ratings, number three in the OPBF rankings and he qualified for the World Youth title.
“2016 was very rewarding and we’re now in a good position to challenge for some titles in 2017,” Ene-Purcell said.
“But I need to keep building in 2017 and it starts with King Afa.
“He’s a former New Zealand champion, tested Joseph Parker and is a knock out puncher who likes to end his fights early.
“He’s won four by KO in the first round and two by KO in the second round so that says it all.
“I need to match him and start just as fast.
“If I want to win titles these are the fights I need to win.
“There is also plenty of Samoan pride on the line in this one.
“King Afa is a parochial Samoan and so am I.
“There will be a deep respect for each other, but a burning desire to score a victory.
“There’s a lot at stake here. I need to win this fight.”
It adds to the International flavour of the TGW & Smithy Bring the Big Fights 16 card.
“We already have two Chinese fighters flying in to take on our Australian champion Brent Rice and Queensland champion Steven Spark,” Brendon Smith said.
“Now we have a New Zealand based Samoan flying in to take on the Herminator.
“Add to that a state of origin style show down with Queensland Champion Jamie Hilt and New South Wales Eddie Dos Santos.
“We also have the Brayd Smith City vs Country cup for the amateurs and the $5000 footy tag team super eight knock out tournament.
“It’s shaping up as a big night of International boxing.
“Tickets will go on sale early next week.”