David Nyika vs Blake Caparello confirmed for DAZN

David Nyika vs Blake CaparelloAuckland/London 10 July, 2024 – David Nyika will have to do what no Kiwi boxer has done before and defeat the world class Australian, Blake Caparello, if he is to fulfil his promise and continue his impressive run to a cruiserweight world title.

Having signed a multi-fight deal with global powerhouse DAZN in concert with Duco Events, Parker Promotions and Thornberry Promotions, Nyika (9-0, 8KO) will face former WBO world title contender Caparello (32-4-1) in Auckland on September 14. This will prove the first significant test of the Olympic medallist’s credentials.

The classy Caparello’s resume reveals an impeccable record against Kiwi opponents – with Robert Berridge, Daniel MacKinnon, Reece Papuni, Lance Bryant and Jordan Tai all having been dispatched by the Australian.

“David will have to prove that he is a cut above those that have gone down this path before,” Nyika’s promoter David Higgins said. “Boxing aficionados had huge wraps on guys like Robbie ‘The Butcher’ Berridge, Dan MacKinnon and Reece Papanui and those guys ended up being totally outclassed.

“He took on one of the most feared fighters of a generation in Sergey Kovalev and sat him on his backside in the opening round. Three months later Kovalev was in the ring with Bernard Hopkins – and not long after that went 11 rounds with Canelo Alvarez.”

While impressed with his opponent’s credentials, Nyika isn’t fazed by the challenge. “No disrespect to any of those Kiwi boys who took on Caparello and got beaten,” Nyika said. “They are all great fighters in their own right – but none of them are me. To me, Blake Caparello is just another step on the road to a world title.”

Caparello is not buying into the hype around the Kiwi medallist, “Nyika is untested as a professional, he hasn’t gone passed 5 rounds yet. I’ve been 10 and 12 rounds more than a dozen times against the world’s best. I’ve headlined shows on ESPN and HBO in America. Let’s see what he’s got when the going gets tough,” he said. 

This bout is Nyika’s first time headlining a major boxing pay-per-view card – and the first of four annual headline fights for the Olympian and two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

The Kiwi star’s homecoming party follows an impressive KO win over undefeated German, Michael Seitz, on the undercard of the massive Tyson Fury v Oleksander Usyk showdown in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in May.

The undercard is set to feature some Hollywood glamour thanks to the presence of Ricaia Warren, a former amateur star who is backed by actor Cliff Curtis. A five-time amateur national champion, Warren (2-0) will be joined on the undercard by fellow undefeated prospects Alex Leapai Jr (1-0) – the son of former heavyweight legend Alex Leapai Snr – as well as Commonwealth Games super heavyweight bronze medallist Uila Mau’u (6-0).

Fights announced so far:

  • David Nyika vs Blake Caparello
  • Ricaia Warren vs Dylan Wright
  • Uila Mau’u vs TBA
  • Alex Leapai Jnr vs Kenny Niko 

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