Tim Austin sends a message to 'Pacman' and the TV Networks

05.02.06 - Former IBF Bantamweight Champion and 1992 Olympic Bronze Medalist Tim Austin (27-1 -1, 24 KOs), who is currently ranked #8 in the January WBC ratings, is chomping at the bits to fight superstar Manny Pacquiao in spring in the Philippines. "Friday Night Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach was quoted as saying to me to wait in line; but I am waiting at the start of the queue mate", 'The Cincinnati Kid' said in a mock British accent in issuing a formidable challenge to Pacquiao."

"I'll challenge Pacquiao in May in the Philippines and Erik “El Terrible” Morales in Mexico in September", said Tim in boldly predicting an upset if the match occurs.

Pacquiao Adviser Shelly Finkel has said Manny most likely would fight in May in the Philippines, a bout HBO or Showtime is making plans to televise live and one that figures to draw a tremendous crowd. Recent news reports suggest that Team Pacquiao is contemplating Oscar “Chololo” Larios or Javier Jauregui (51-12-2, 35 KOs) to face Pacquiao.

Austin won the International Boxing Federation world title in July 1997, from Mbulelo Botile of South Africa on an eighth-round knockout. Botile broke Austin's jaw with a left hook in the first round, but Austin fought through the pain and knocked down Botile in the seventh round - then right-hooked him into la-la land in the eighth. Miraculously, Tim had fought on for 7 more rounds with a broken jaw against an undefeated champion and turned the tables to score a clean cut victory. Later, he would have to endure a twenty hour operation to repair the damage to his jaw. Austin showed serious heart that night.

With that win, Austin introduced himself to the boxing world as a champion to look out for.

During his reign of nine title defenses of the IBF bantamweight title, “The Cincinnati Kid” became a regular on big pay-per-view cards, including those of Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Felix Trinidad and Julio Cesar Chavez. Pound for pound, the 118-pound Austin was rated one of the best fighters ever.

Trainer Aaron Snowbell said Austin would gladly fight "Pacman" in his back yard or in a telephone booth.” Timmy has all the tools that a fighter needs: power, speed and boxing skills. His power is one of the best in the Super Bantamweight or Featherweight division, and maybe he’s one of the best pound-for-pound fighter’s in all of boxing,” he recently commented.

Article posted on 06.02.2006

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