Buttigieg and Jerkic will be squaring off for the prestigious title on March 3rd over 12 rounds- with the last Aussie to hold the title being Kevin Kelly in 1997. The two will be competing on Brian Amatruda's stacked card held at the Melbourne Pavilion. With both Buttigieg and Jerkic rated among the top of the division, the fight has many pundits split on who will take out the victory on March 3rd.
Buttigieg commented on the importance of two of the highest rated fighters in the division fighting each other-
"This is not a fight you get to see everyday- the top two Australian, undefeated fighters putting it all on the line. People don't see the hard work that goes in behind the scenes especially when you're fighting 12 rounds. All I can say is it's gonna be a war on March 3rd!"
With Jerkic having 12 KO's for his 15 wins, there is no doubt that he carries considerable power, and will likely look to dish it out to Buttigieg when the two meet in the ring. However, Buttigieg believes that he's more than up for the test- and will prove it when he negates Rocky's power.
"I'm not overlooking Rocky at all- I know it's gonna be a tough fight; that's why he's ranked no.1 in Australia. When no.1 fights no.2 you know there's gonna be fireworks and I've committed myself to this fight 100%. All the hard work is nearly done and come March 3rd I'm gonna do my thing, give it my all and do everything in my power to get the win."
With two of Australia's premier prospects collecting Commonwealth Titles last year- with Zac Dunn's convincing performance against Liam Cameron, and Kris George's upset victory over Olympian Cameron Hammond, Buttigieg will look to become the third when he takes on Jerkic.
"It's a massive opportunity to fight for the Commonwealth Title, I feel I have worked my way up the rankings and the hard work is beginning to pay off and offer me some real opportunities. If you look over the quality of opponents I've fought in the past, both amateur and pro I believe that I'm more than ready."
Anthony Buttigieg and Rocky Jerkic will square off on March 3rd for the Commonwealth Junior Middleweight title over 12 rounds- on a stacked card featuring Victorians Cameron Eyes, Susie Q Ramadan, Joel Camilleri, Franco Valenzuela, Tej Pratap Singh and more!
All articles featured on the Australian Boxing Central website are written by Tai Tuiniua, and all interviews are conducted by Mark Franklin, unless stated otherwise.