'Baby' Mitrevski eyes Asia Pacific crown

10.25.04 - By Tony Nobbs: In what promises to be an intensely fought battle, local product Peter 'Baby' Mitrevski faces unbeaten New Zealand based puncher Kalie Jacobus for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title at Marrickville RSL in Sydney on Tuesday night. Speaking on Sunday afternoon a relaxed Mitrevski said he was confident of victory while adding he is not taking the Vanuatu born Jacobus (7-0, 5 KO) lightly by any means.

"He is the best fighter in New Zealand at the moment, a sparring partner of Sean Sullivan. I'm fit, I've won over the twelve rounds before and he hasn't gone past six. I will be looking to finish the stronger. I wont let him steal any rounds though and I'll make him work through the whole fight... I'm hoping to get the cash".

A main sparring partner of Anthony Mundine, Mitrevski ended a 26 month lay off by posting a six round UD over Anthony Courtney on the Mundine-Siaca undercard on May 5, taking his record to 11-3-1, 5 KO. His previous contest was an eight round UD over hot and cold Arama Tabuai on another Mundine u/c in Townsville, March '02. Mitrevski's most important win thus far since turning pro in 1997 being a twelve round UD over Jacobus' countryman Iau Kamisak (also 7-0 at the time but with 6 KO) in Noumea, July '01 to garner the OBA Middleweight belt.

His father Peter snr was a two time Australian champion - boxing to a draw in one of two bouts in 1990 with future IBF 105 pound champ Manny Melchor - and will be ringside before flying to Arizona to corner Kostya Tszyu. A victory over Jacobus will springboard the younger Mitrevski's career to the next level and earn a possible world rating.

Having held the WBO Asia Pacific belt helped Kali Meehan earn a # 15 ranking and a title shot with Lamon Brewster after only one fight in two years.

"You only have to be in the top 15 to be eligible as a voluntary defence but I'm only concerned with getting past Tuesday night. All that other stuff can wait. I'm not even thinking about anything but this fight" said the 25 year old 'Baby' adding that he expects to drop back to middleweight in the near future. "I'm more comfortable, faster at that weight. I still carry a bit of fat".

Trainer George Reno believes Mitrevski will prevail but also acknowledged Jacobus was going to be a tough assignment. "I haven't done my fighter any favours".

Article posted on 24.10.2004

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