By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former three-time world champion Jeff Fenech has advised WBO #1 Jeff Horn he can defeat WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao on July 2 if he uses the correct tactics at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland Australia with a predicted attendance of 55,000+ fight fans. Fenech talked to Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail.

“Just bash the bloke in close,” Fenech said. “It’s no more Mister Nice Guy now. I’m not saying break the rules but you have to rough Manny up. Jeff, do everything to hurt him in close. Twist him, twist his knees, use your weight advantage, bully him — bang your shoulder into him. Manny can punch at a distance, Jeff. Close the distance. Stay on his chest and make him feel all of his 38 years.”

Pacquiao-Horn has already eclipsed Fenech’s record for the biggest crowd ever in Australian boxing which had stood at 38,000 for the 1992 world title fight with Azumah Nelson at Princes Park in Melbourne.

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

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WBO #8, WBA #10 Joseph Parker (14-0, 12 KOs) will clash with WBO #13 Bowie Tupou (25-3, 17 KOs) over twelve rounds on Saturday at the Southlands Stadium in Invercargill, New Zealand, with PABA and WBO regional titles up for grabs. Tupou is trained by former three-time world champion Jeff Fenech, who is confident his charge can defeat New Zealand’s pride and joy inside the distance.

“I believe Bowie will take Joseph Parker somewhere he hasn’t been before,” a confident Fenech declared as the fighters squared off at a media conference in Auckland on Tuesday. “He will do something to Joseph, especially over those first six rounds, that Joseph has never experienced before. I believe the only way that Bowie can win the fight is by knockout so we have trained to knock Joseph Parker out.”

Fenech said he had been impressed by Tupou’s work and attitude during their six-week training camp.

“Bowie has caused a lot of damage in the gym. He has knocked out opponents, he has dropped opponents with body shots.”

Fenech had assembled Australia’s best heavyweight talent, including Kali Meehan, Lucas Browne, and Solomon Haumono to help Tupou’s preparations for an opponent he clearly respects.

“Bowie sparred with all the best [Australian] heavyweights out there and had no problems whatsoever. He has come through unscathed. He will give Joseph Parker the real test that he needs finally.”