FORMER kickboxing champion turned professional boxer, Kartu ‘Wantok Warrior’ Arang just missed out on the ‘undercard fight’ on the upcoming multi-million dollar world cruiserweight mega title fight between American super star and best ‘pound-for-pound’ and six-time world champion, Roy Jones Jr and Australia’s Danny ‘The Green Machine’ Green at the Accer Arena in Sydney, Australia.
The fight will be held on Wednesday. Arang, the soft-spoken warrior from the Kabwum district, Morobe province, has been in this sport long enough.
Kartu has 35 professional kickboxing fights and has won two Australian titles, one NSW state title, PNG title and world title in 2004 and 16 professional boxing fights, all adds up to 51 fights altogether.
He was supposed to fight against Dean ‘the knockout king’ Livannos, who is the current NSW state bantamweight (54-55kg) champion and number one contender in Australasia, but Dean pulled out in the last minute due to some unknown circumstances.
Kartu only lost on a split-points decision to Dean on a brutal 8x3mins rounds earlier this year for the NSW State title.
“I beat him easy, but this is Australia, you have to knock them out for their titles, or otherwise you will never win on points.
“But, I’m happy at least all the crazy boxing fans here in Australia know that I can fight,” Kartu said.
Trainer Alex Tui is directly involved in the promotion of Kartu’s upcoming fights next year of which one is going to be hosted in PNG, with the support of sponsors Tony Mundine Gym and Aboriginal Housing Company.
Arang’s manager is Glick Lambea.
“He is always committed towards his trainings. He has also done his ‘hard yards’ by fighting the best top fighters in his weight division Australia has been offering him so I have no doubt my boy will be a champion one day,” Arangs trainer and mentor Alex Tui said.
“There are still some more boxing promotions before the year ends so we’ll keep training and see if Kartu can have a chance to get into one of them.”