Boxing: Junior Fa lines up US fight with Schwarzenegger, Stallone ringside

As if head-lining a fight card in the United States wasn't exciting enough for Junior Fa - he may have movie heavy-hitters Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone watching from ringside.

"I grew up watching a few of their movies - Commando and Rambo and stuff - so it'll be a bit of a buzz," says the promising Kiwi heavyweight.

Fa has landed a gig at a fight night in conjunction with March's Arnold Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Colombus, Ohio, where he'll take on France's Newfel Ouatah, who stands two metres tall, with a 16-win/two-loss record.

"He went to the 2008 Olympics, so he has an amateur pedigree," says Fa.

It's an important fight for Fa, whose last two wins in the States weren't impressive, due to a health scare. He had fatigue caused by low iron and haemoglobin levels.

Does he feel he has a point to prove this time round?

"I don't feel too much pressure, because I know that I'm 10 times better than I was before," says Fa.

American promoter Lou DiBella has faith Fa will bounce back, after good sparring with WBC champion Deontay Wilder last November.

"He looked great," says DiBella. "The champ was very complimentary about what he thought Junior's potential was.

Fa will be joined on the card by new City Kick Boxing teammate Hemi Ahio.

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The New Zealand heavyweight champion is back from almost three years in the boxing wilderness, caused by a management dispute.

"Everything has happened so quick," says Ahio. "I've got some things to catch back up on."

Like Fa, he can't wait to show the superstars ringside what he can do.

"It's overwhelming, just thinking about going over there."


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