December 3, 2021

News: Rocha vs. Bacon, ACE Boxing, Mitchell Stapleton, More

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Australia’s 21 year old “The Dynamite Kid” Mitchell Stapleton has not stop training during the global pandemic and eager to add to his perfect professional record of 2 wins, with two first round knockouts.

The Nambucca Heads native, who trains with father Ian Stapelton at the famed Sparrows Gym, has been putting in the hard yards and continue to improve his boxing fundamentals.

The Dynamite Kid opens up about his future – “I really want to develop my all round boxing game so when the times right I can open my bag of boxing tricks. I’ve only boxed 2 rounds in the pro game but I know I can the decision should I go the distance.

“I would love to one day be World Champion and I know my time will come but as the old saying going I have to clean out my backyard first. I respectfully would love to get into a position to challenge ANBF Australian champion Tysinn Best and Australasian titlist Ben Kite.


Australia’s ACE Boxing has announced they will be putting on two shows, on the same day this coming September 5.

The shows that will take place at Eaton Hill, Queensland, will showcase multiple title fights in the afternoon and evening events, including always exciting Queensland State titles and Australian National titles.

ACE Boxing Team Promoter Angelo Di Carlo discussed the upcoming events and the story behind getting boxing events back in Australia.

Di Carlo said, “We have put in a lot of hard work to getting this full day of boxing together I am delighted we have been able to secure the events on September 5 which will be a full day of boxing action.

“As you can imagine it hasn’t been easy to logistically put events together due to the COVID-19 restrictions, however, we have made commitments to the fighters and to the boxing fans in Australia, so ACE Boxing has overcome every obstacle in place to put on the best shows available at this time.

“The shows sold out immediately and I absolutely delighted about that. We will put in place a streaming method so that the boxing fans can watch the events from the comfort of their own homes, and we are excited to get well matched boxing back into the homes of Australian boxing fans.”

Both of the September 5 shows will feature title fights, which see Queensland state titles being contested on the afternoon event and two Australian titles being contested on the evening show. Di Carlo opened up about the title fights.

The Queensland based promoter said, “State title fights are always exciting and we’re really proud to have two well matched fights for the Queensland title on our lunchtime event. I think the fans will enjoy these fights as they’re going to be exciting clashes and that’s what I believe boxing needs right now.

“On the evening event, two ACE Boxing Team fighters Justin Frost will fight Waylon Law for the Australian Super Lightweight title. My son trains Justin so that will be a very interesting fight for myself to watch personally.

“Ben Kite will also fight for the Australian title against current champion and ACE Boxing Team’s Tysinn Best for the Australian Welterweight title in another evenly matched fight. I’m really excited for them both and I am confident the fight fans watching either at the sold out venue or from home will thoroughly enjoy both shows.”

Filipino welterweight James Bacon (W13 KO15 L4 D0) will see action against undefeated prospect Alexis Rocha (W16 KO10 L0 D0) on the undercard of the Linares-Fortuna lightweight clash.

At stake will be the WBC Continental Americas welterweight belt. The event will be a closed door affair to be held on August 28 at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, California and is organized by Golden Boy Promotions.

The way things go, Bacon is supposed to be a record build-up for Rocha, who is a fresh prospect of Golden Boy. But the Filipino is determined to spoil the party and take home the belt.

“I know they expect me to just lose to their boy. But they can’t look past me. I have experience on my side and I am still hungry for the title. A win could place me up the ranking and ensure bigger fights. I am a Filipino warrior. I am here to fight,” Bacon stated.

Bacon has been inspired by the huge win of stablemate Mike Plania.