Big Challenge for Anthony ‘Bull’ McCraken Against Vaitele Soi.

Vaitele Soi Image: pacific.scoop.co.nz

Australian boxing legend Danny Green has said Aussie Anthony ‘Bull’ McCracken will need all his strength, wits, and skill if he is to emerge victorious against Samoan juggernaut Vaitele Soi.

The two step on to the canvas together on Saturday night in Christchurch in what is expected to be one of the world cruiser-weight fights of the year.

Green has sparred in excess of 40 rounds with McCracken in camps preparing him for fights against Manny Siaca and B. J. Flores.

“Bull McCracken is one of the toughest blokes I’ve been in the ring with and it was a real thrill to see him climb the world ratings, because I know how hard he works,’ said Green to the Courier-Mail.

“He’s a very powerful fighter, but he will have to be at his best against Soi, who can box and punch.”

31 year-old McCracken has a 17-7-1 record. His most recent upset-victory in Auckland, in November, against highly rated David Aloua, catapulted him into the world rankings.

But McCraken has his work cut out against Soi.

Four years younger than his opponent, Soi boasts an enviable 25-1-0 record. His one loss, against Commonwealth Games gold medallist Brad ‘Hollywood’ Pitt, is still hotly disputed.

Also on the Saturday night fight card, at the Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, are former Australian cruiserweight champion Daniel Ammann against American wrecking-machine Brian Minto. These two and six other classy cruiserweights from around the South Pacific will be fighting out a Super 8 cruiser-weight elimination event.

Warriors rugby league captain Monty Betham will fight former one-day English cricket captain Adam Hollioake.

And hammer-fisted New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder squares-off against ‘The Mouth from the South’ outspoken blogger Cameron Slater.

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