'We feel like this could be the breakthrough year' - Kiwi boxer Junior Fa prepares for US bout

New Zealand heavyweight boxer Junior Fa has confirmed that his next bout will be in America on March 9th.

Fa, 28, is heading to Las Vegas next week for final training before taking on former world youth amateur champ Joey Dawejko.

"We feel like that this could be the breakthrough year," said Fa.

"We really want to basically keep busy and keep on impressing people."

He will be fighting at his lightest weight of his career, currently weighing in at 114kg.

Fa is undefeated with 13 wins with eight by way of knockout.

NZ heavyweight boxer Fa is set to fight in America on March 9th. Source: 1 NEWS

Video: Blues star Rieko Ioane shows off impeccable wheels, turns Hurricanes midfielder inside out

The Hurricanes came out on top this afternoon defeating the Blues 26-14 in their final Super Rugby pre-season hit out in Warkworth today.

All Blacks winger Rieko Ioane scored an impressive solo try for the Blues, standing up the last Hurricanes defender with excellent footwork before diving over to score under the posts.

The Blues led at the break 14-12 over the Hurricanes.

The Auckland franchise struggled in the second spell, unable to score against the Hurricanes' staunch defence.

The All Blacks winger scored an impressive try in his side’s 26-14 loss to the Canes in their pre-season hit out. Source: 1 NEWS


Kiwi fighter Israel Adesanya on UFC rise - 'I've been hungry and I'm eating good now'

Kiwi middleweight UFC fighter Israel Adesanya is not letting himself get caught up with all the hype in mixed martial arts circles and social media, after he annihilated his opponent with a second round TKO victory in Perth on Sunday in his UFC debut.

Adesanya, 28, born in Nigeria had the MMA world talking with his sensational striking performance at UFC 221, stopping his Australian rival Rob Wilkinson via stoppage in the second round.

After the fight Adesanya said his social media blew up.

"Yeah social media jumped up and for me a lot of people can get caught up in that, even myself," said Adesanya.

"I've always said this for years, I'm very objective, I'm an objective individual."

He also earned a fight night bonus of $50,000 for "Performance of the Night".

"I'm constantly wondering even if I ever think or feel anything like envy or some type of emotion, I always question where it comes from so like why?

"I'm objective about myself so I kind of see how people can get lost in all this s**t," said Adesanya.

"Because guess what? If I didn't win in the weekend you guys wouldn't be here, so I know that is in the back of my head.

"You are only as good as your last fight."

He is looking to fight again in the octagon in March or April.

"I've been up and down in this game many times and only a few people have helped me get to this point.

"Right now I'm just taking it for what it is take each day as it comes, one day at a time.

"You can't complain about having a lot on your plate, when your plan is to eat. I've been hungry and I'm eating good now."

Adesanya has a record of 12-0 in MMA.

The Nigerian born fighter made a remarkable UFC debut in Perth on Sunday with a TKO win. Source: 1 NEWS