Floyd Masson no April fool as boxing chance presents

March 30, 2023 03:31 PM AEDT | By AAPNEWS
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It's easy to see why Floyd Masson thought it was an April Fool's Day prank.

But the cruiserweight's world title chance is no joke and neither are the measures his wife's taking in case her twin girls, due to be born later in the month, decide to arrive on fight night.

The Brisbane-based boxer will face Italian Fabio Turchi for the vacant IBO world title at his home venue, Eaton's Hill Hotel, on Saturday, April 1.

Masson is 12-0 but hasn't fought in more than a year and is a relative unknown on the crowded Australian boxing scene.

He has his promoter Angelo Di Carlo to thank, the Ace Boxing boss's bid to the IBO on Masson's behalf prompting a compelling piece of business that seemed too good to be true.

"Angelo had a big grin on his face," Masson recalled of the dinner conversation when he was informed of his big chance.

"Thank God he was telling the truth and all that matters now is that I win it on April Fool's Day.

"I know this fight will open us doors where all the dreams, hard work and sacrifices will pay off."

The IBO is not a universally recognised organisation like the "big four" IBF, WBO, WBC and WBA.

But it still boasts some of the sport's biggest names as belt-holders, like current heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk and Gennadiy Golovkin.

And Australia already has a cruiserweight world champion, Jai Opetaia, who is yet to defend his IBF and The Ring belts he won last year.

Masson is ranked 15 in the IBF while his opponent sits higher at No.9, with a win potentially unlocking an all-Australian fight for the belts.

He will have wife Hannah in his corner, providing all goes to plan with her pregnancy.

They're due later in April but Hannah, who worked full-time to support Masson's dream when he first turned professional, knows that is no guarantee.

"They're really wriggly babies; I think they have Floyd's energy," she said.

"I've definitely got everything ready in case."

That includes her friend, a mid-wife who will attend the fight and whisk her to hospital if needed.

Hannah was prepared to act as sole breadwinner when Masson quit his day job and went professional because she knew this moment would arrive.

"I've finished work now, will be a stay-at-home mum and my husband's got the biggest fight of his life," she said.

"A lot of people don't take risks like this, but he's in the one percentage of athletes and is going to make sure it happens.

"It's all going to pay off soon."


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