Justin Hodges won’t be the only code-hopper fighting on the undercard of Tim Tszyu’s Australian title bout with Joel Camilleri on Wednesday, May 15.
Star Casino in Sydney will also play host to the boxing debut of former UFC fighter Ross Pearson, who has chosen to retire from mixed martial arts after fifteen years to pursue a career in the ring.
“I’ve been thinking about for this for a long time,” Pearson said in a release to foxsports.com.au. “I was a stand-up fighter in the UFC and I know that means I can handle it in boxing.”
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The 34-year-old won The Ultimate Fighter in 2009, before spending a decade in the UFC; finishing his MMA career with a 20-16 (1 NC) record.
Pearson, who is no stranger to fighting in Australia, will make his debut at super middleweight against journeyman Salar King (5-10-0) in a 4-round contest.
“After fighting in the UFC for many years, I fear no man — this won’t be a one off appearance like Conor McGregor,” Pearson said.
“I aim to conquer the sport by destroying anybody that steps into the ring with me.”
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No Limit Boxing CEO and Promoter, Matt Rose, says the Englishman will deliver one thing, if nothing else: Entertainment.
“There’s no doubt he’ll be ready for battle,” Rose said. “Win or lose he always puts on a good show and this will be no different.
“He may do what Conor McGregor couldn’t.”