Aokuso sets his sights on Australian boxing history
June 27, 2022
Having fought in the Olympics and picked up his first professional win earlier in the year, Paulo Aokuso is one of Australia’s fastest rising stars in boxing.
While not reaching the same lengths as fellow Tokyo Olympian Harry Garside, and picking up a medal, Aokuso is highly rated and he proved that in a dominant debut in March when he stopped Michael Van Nimwegen in the fifth round.
Aokuso isn’t here to take easy fights, with his sights set on becoming the fastest world champion in Australian history.
“I just want to go down in the record books,” Aokuso told Sporting News Australia.
“I want to be known as the fastest Australian to ever win a world title and just to be something great.”
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Australian boxing royalty, Jeff Fenech, currently holds the record, having won a world title in seven fights.
“That’s actually crazy,” Aokuso said.
With plans of doing it in six, he must fast-track his career and in doing so, he can’t afford to take tune-up fights.
On Wednesday, he will continue his path, facing Robert Berridge in an eight-round bout, defending his Australian National Boxing Federation Australasian Light Heavyweight title.
Berridge (30-8-1) is no walkover, having fought the likes of Dmitrii Bivol in a fourth-round TKO loss and Issac Hardman in an eighth-round TKO loss.
Despite the defeats, he has fought some of the best internationally and domestically and Aokuso can impress Australian fans if he can do the same.
Expect a dominant performance in Brisbane.