Mulivai happy to carry a heavy load

WEIGHT GAIN: Dane Mulivai hopes the move to cruiserweight will pay off when he fights James Porter on November 6.
WEIGHT GAIN: Dane Mulivai hopes the move to cruiserweight will pay off when he fights James Porter on November 6. Contributed

WEIGHT is no longer the enemy for Dane Mulivai, as he proved in his first pro bout as a cruiserweight.

Mulivai dispatched Sean McKean one minute 31 seconds into the first round of their clash at Albion Park last Friday.

It was a return to winning ways for Mulivai, whose two previous fights were the first two losses of his professional career.

The win over McKean has earned the Redbank Plains boxer a crack at the WBU European cruiserweight title on November 6 at the Gold Coast.

"It was really good," Mulivai said of his win.

"Especially because I didn't have to struggle at the weight."

Mulivai's move to cruiserweight came about because he was finding it increasingly difficult to make the weight at lighter divisions.

"I felt heaps better," Mulivai said.

"I knew in the warm-up I felt heaps better.

"In the last couple of fights warming up I've felt buggered and had to sit down."

That was because of the extreme dieting he had to do to make weight.

Now he can go into fights without starving himself before hand.

The down side is he is fighting opponents with more power.

Mulivai admitted he noticed the difference in the one punch McKean landed on him, even though it only hit him on the shoulder.

It gave him a taste of what he can expect when he fights James Porter at Jupiters Casino.

"It was a good way to get a feel of the different weight division," he said.

"James Porter is a big man.

"I think I'm going to have to run away from him."

Mulivai is only half joking, knowing he will need to box differently from previously.

In the middleweight division, Mulivai knew no-one could match his power.

Stepping up in weight means he will have to utilise his new-found advantage in speed.

"One hundred percent I'll beat them in speed," Mulivai said.

"I'll definitely be more elusive."

But he has no doubt he can still knock out bigger men, as he showed with McKean.

Confusion over the agreed weight saw McKean weigh in at 90kg with Mulivai 86kg.

It didn't matter.

"I know if I land, it's over," Mulivai said.

"Regardless of how big they are, I'm not worried unless they've got four arms."

The fight with Porter will be televised live on Fox Sports and Mulivai believes a win will open further doors for him.

"It's serious enough for people to take me seriously in the cruiserweight division," he said.

Pro record

Dane Mulivai: 7 fights

  • Won 5 (all by knockout)
  • Lost 2 (no knockouts)

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