Rated inside the top 15 of all four major sanctioning bodies, and #3 with the IBF, the immediate future of Joel Brunker became much clearer with Friday’s official announcement from the New Jersey offices of the IBF.
Officially named as the highest available contender for the next elimination bout in the featherweight division, the announcement places ‘Aussie Joel’ and Lee Selby from Wales in the same ring to contest the final eliminator for the #1 rating and mandatory position. Brunker carries an unbeaten 27-0 record, whilst Selby (19-1) is currently ranked #6 with the IBF. Selby will be best known in Australia for his 5th round TKO win over Corey McConnell for the Commonwealth title in mid-2013.
Its been a frustrating wait for Brunker having last fought in August 2013, coupled with a change of management and promotional team. Regarded as being one of the most committed and hardest trainers in the country, Brunker has been patiently waiting and training. “This is the fight I’ve been looking towards for the last 6 years since turning professional.” said Brunker on being told of the announcement, going on to say “Its been a while since my last fight, but I’ve been working hard and my training has been really solid. We’ve changed a couple of little things and I’m ready to go, ready to win and ready to show I belong at a world level. I’ve always said I’m happy to travel and fight anyone in the world. My supporters and team have been waiting a while for this chance and I’ll be 100% ready when that opening bell rings”.
“This I a great fight for Joel, a great opportunity on the world level but also a hard and challenging fight” said manager Adam Wilcock from FightCard Promotions. “We’ve been working on a number of different options for Joel and this is without doubt the best result possible. What we do know is that Joel will be in one corner for this eliminator, we are hoping to tidy up the final details pretty quickly. When Joel wins this fight he will go onto fight for the IBF World title later in the year, but we’ll be taking one fight at a time.”
USA based co-promoter Greg Cohen was typically upbeat about the announcement “Joel is another Australian who has shown that he’s got what it takes to make it at the very top level. He’s fought in the States twice already and is happy to take the big fights. This guy really has it, he’s tough, strong and super fit. This is just the beginning of big things for Joel Brunker. I’ve been excited about Joel for a long time and this partnership between FightCard Promotions and GCP will showcase yet another talented Australian boxer to the world”.
Final details of the elimination fight will be released as soon as completed.
In the biggest fight of his career, if anyone wishes to join Joel on his journey and support in any way possible, please contact Adam by calling 1300FIGHTS or email email@example.com . All sponsorship is gratefully appreciated.