By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian heavyweight champion Bob Mirovic (29-20-2, 20 KOs) is favoured to defeat John Hopoate (11-3,11KO’s) in a rematch when they clash at the AIS stadium in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia on Thursday. 6’5 Mirovic said. “I am looking forward to this rematch – I am 100% fighting fit . I had a few problems when we boxed last time but there will be no excuses this time.” (Hopoate was declared the winner in round nine in September 2008 when Mirovic’s trainer, former three time world champion Jeff Fenech signaled to the referee Bob was in no condition to continue.)
The six-foot Hopoate is coming off a recent second round knockout loss to former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall in Las Vegas in May.
Mirovic has boxed several world class heavyweights including WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev, Shane Cameron, Kali Meehan, Danny Williams, Timo Hoffman, Matt Skeldon, Rob Calloway and Sinan Samil Sam.
” I lost on points – in good fights to Valuev, Hoffmann, Sam and Calloway,” added Mirovic. “I will have too much experience at the top level for Hoppa. I will win on Thursday.”
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