Topic: Boxing

Hemi Ahio picked to fight on Danny Green undercard

Heavyweight boxer Hemi Ahio has been hand picked by Danny Green himself to fight on the undercard of the four-time world champion's come back match in Melbourne on August 19. 

The strong 24-year-old fighter is to face world kickboxing champion and K1 fighter Andre "The Giant" Meunier.

Green has previously seen Ahio fight and and believes he can go all the way in heavyweight boxing.

Green says "I'm wrapped Hemi is fighting on my show, the guy is super exciting to watch with phenomenal hand speed and raw power, but he is up against a genuine hard man in Andre, so will need to be at his best."

Ahio's trainer, Lollo Heimuli thinks it will be a dynamic performance between between the duo, after two recent bouts were hampered due to injury.

"Hemi was only training and fighting at 60%, but we've had the doctor’s clearance and are now training at full steam.

"Andre is a rugged, experienced opponent so we must be at our sharpest."

Director of Sports promotion and management company VS Live, John McRae is elated that Ahio's potential has finally been recognised.

"We signed Hemi after being lobbied by Mark Hunt who called him one of the hardest punchers he's ever been hit by after their torrid sparring sessions.

"Danny Green was also impressed, and this is a superb introduction for him on the Australian stage.

“Andre is his toughest opponent to date and the opportunity to showcase his skills on the Main Event platform in Australia is massive for Hemi.”