FORMER Mobsport boxer “King” Dane Mulivai will face the biggest test of his career when he enters The Cube against New Zealand-born Daniel Kerr.
The pair will square off for the Combat8 Welterweight World Title, the main event in the C8:04 fight night, at Newcastle Panthers on Saturday, November 9, and not short of confidence, the former Orange resident was preparing to “bring the pain.”
“I’m always confident. Even if I had to get up and sing in front of thousands of people, I’d get up and do it,” Mulivai said.
“I’m coming off a good win in Mackay, a second round knockout. I’m looking to write another knockout on my record.
“I’ll bring the pain.”
Mulivai and Kerr both boast impressive records, with Mulivai yet to be defeated after turning professional following the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
A proven star in kickboxing, muay thai, mixed martial arts and boxing, Mulivai believes the modified MMA variation employed by Combat8 organisers will suit his glittering credentials.
Mulivai and Kerr will go toe-to-toe in a predominantly boxing orientated bout, but competitors are still allowed to take their opponents to the ground.
However ground and pound action is limited to just 30 seconds, after which time both fighters are required to stand.
There’s no kneeing and no elbows.
“It’s mainly focused on the fight. In MMA, most people don’t understand what’s going on in the ground game, they just think it’s a couple of blokes hugging,” he explained.
“C8 suits my credentials though. It’s two quality opponents fighting it out for a belt, and that’s what people want to see.”
Former Orange resident and Combat8 chief executive officer Nathan Swadling described Combat8 as a cage fighting company that prides itself on matching boxers against their fierce rivals in MMA.
“Matching the best boxers against the best MMA fighters under new and exciting rules is what has been creating so much hype,” Swadling said.
Also on the card, Orange’s Ben Quarmby will fight for the C8 Middleweight Title.
Up against world ranked boxer Kerry Foley, Quarmby is in for the biggest fight of his career.
Foley boasts a record of 14 wins, 12 of those coming by knockout.