Tweed boxer Casey Hannan made an impressive debut in his first professional fight.
Tweed boxer Casey Hannan made an impressive debut in his first professional fight. Tweed Daily News/Blainey Woodham

'Cabarita Cyclone' has blown south

THE “Cabarita Cyclone” Casey Hannan has blown south and is ready to unleash in Launceston's Silverdome tomorrow night, on the Anthony Mundine-Danny Geale double bill.

Touted by the legendary “Aussie” Joe Bugner as the next big thing in Australian boxing, the Tweed PCYC product has proven a smash hit with locals fans on Jamie Myer's fight cards.

In his most recent bout at the Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club, Hannan produced a remarkable first-round stoppage of renowned tough-nut Adam King.

The prized welterweight dropped King with a destructive flurry of devastating body and head shots to take his professional record to 2-0, 2 KOs.

However tomorrow night the 21-year-old faces his biggest challenge to date - former national amateur champion and Tasmanian No.1 Paul Coppelman.

The formidable 32-year-old won 61 of 70 bouts before turning professional in 1999 and has since tallied a record of 5-4-1, 3 KOs.

Not the most impressive record if you read it at face value, but among those losses are some big names, including a majority points loss to Australian No.10 Jimmy James in his last outing.

A third win for Hannan could see him join light heavyweight gym mate Trevor Jacky in the Australian top 10, before he steps up to battle fellow southpaw James in November.

Also in action from the Throwbacks Stable this week is newcomer Rob Coorey, who makes his professional debut against Billy Stewart in Caloundra on Friday, while amateurs Tom Strain and Travis Chambers fight in Casino on Saturday.

Former Queensland light middleweight champ Matt Burns' scheduled clash with recent Australian super middleweight champion Israel Kani fell through last week, with Kani forced to pull out due to a wrist injury.

Hannan, Burns, Coorey and Jacky are then due to fight on Jamie Myer's big fight night at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on November 27.



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