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Tweed to host big boxing bout

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THE Tweed Heads Coolangatta Golf Club is poised to host the biggest heavyweight fight in northern NSW.

On September 4, Australian World number 15 Alex “Lionheart” Leapai will trade blows with American Cliff “The Black Bull” Couser in a bid to defend Australian soil.

Couser, the half-brother of Mike Tyson, is a Las Vegas-based journeyman puncher who has mixed it with the very best of the heavyweight division in a 16-year-career.

He holds a 2007 two-round knockout of Monte Barrett who was then rated No.1 by the WBC, has knocked out Cuba's world amateur champion Jorge Luis Gonzales, a world top ten pro, and stopped world title challenger James Quick Tillis, the first man to go the distance with Tyson.

Couser has also faced the likes of Michael Moorer, WBF champ Rob Calloway, and contenders Lance Whiitaker, Chris Arreola, Vlad Virchis and Cedrick Boswell.

His overall record reads 33-20-2, with 21 of his victories by way of knockout.

Samoan born Leapai, 29, is based in Logan and has a 16-3-2 record.

He knocked out warhorse Col Wilson on June 19 to claim the WBO Asia Pacific title, and also boasts knock-outs over Nathan Briggs (to win the OPBF title) and world cruiserweight title challenger Mohomad Azouri.

In his professional debut in 2004, he fought a disputed draw with current WBC No.20 Mark De Mori - who was unbeaten in five bouts - after knocking De Mori down three times. Also appearing on Jamie Myer's Pro-Am bill will be exciting crowd pleaser, “The Cabarita Cyclone” Casey Hannan.

Hannan made his pro debut in June knocking out Queensland No.5 Mhelvin Hernandez in 73 seconds.

Hannan's Tweed PCYC gym mate, Queensland Golden Gloves light heavyweight champion, Trevor Jacky, will also be on show making his long awaited professional debut.