By Duncan Johnstone
Australian boxing legend Jeff Fenech believes Kali Meehan will have too much power for Shane Cameron in Saturday night's heavyweight showdown in Auckland.
The bout is attracting big interest across the Tasman with Meehan's links to the New South Wales central coast and his son, budding NRL star Willis, featuring on the undercard for his professional debut.
Fenech, a three-time world champion, doesn't believe Meehan's age of 44 will be as much of a factor in his fight as his sheer power.
``Kali can still punch even at 44," Fenech told the Courier Mail ahead of the Super 8 card that is headlined by this heavyweight clash.
"He's always been a dangerous guy and with his power and his reach advantage over Shane I think he can score another big win.
``It's great for boxing that Australia and New Zealand are producing so many top heavyweights at the moment."
Cameron backs his own punching power to get the job done.
No one expected Cameron to get past David Tua's 2011 conqueror Monte Barrett the following year, but he produced arguably the sweetest punch of his career for a fourth-round knockout.
"It's the heavyweights," Cameron declared of the grunt in his gloves.
"One punch can do it. I've got 22 knockouts of my own."
The victory over Barrett was Cameron's last. He has suffered two losses since then – to Australian Danny Green and American Brian Minto.
He desperately wants a win to allow him to dictate the end of his career.
Meehan is back in New Zealand five months after winning the inaugural Super 8 contest where h used his height, reach and power to scythe through the field, winning the final with an impressive first-round knockout of durable English fighter Michael Sprott.
Meehan is expected to throw some early bombs at Cameron on Saturday, looking for a quick finish.
If Cameron can weather the onslaught, his chances appear better the longer the fight goes.
It looms as a defining fight for both aging warriors, each agreeing that defeat would probably bring down the curtain on their long careers.
Fenech is training Australia's top-rated heavyweight, world No 5 Lucas Browne.
Browne is unbeaten in 22 fights with 19 KOs and making waves with his punching ability, although there have been suggestions he's had a carefully manufactured career in terms of opponents.
Browne has been called out to no avail by the camp of Joseph Parker, New Zealand's top-ranked heavyweight who has risen to No 10 with the WBA.
But there are suggestions Meehan might look to have a crack at Browne if he can negotiate his way past Cameron.