Aussie prospect watch: Ambitious Floyd Masson wants to fight the best

By Anthony Cocks

Undefeated cruiserweight prospect Floyd Masson 5-0 (4) scored a first-round knockout of veteran Roger Izonritei 12-10-1 (11) in a scheduled eight-round heavyweight contest at the WA Italian Club in Perth, Western Australia on Friday night.

The powerfully built southpaw – who was born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand but now resides in the West Australian capital of Perth – battered Izonritei around the ring with a two-fisted assault to the body and head before scoring the knockout blow with a laser-like left cross to chin.

Speaking to ahead of the fight, Masson revealed his plans for 2019.

“I’m trying to take the best opportunities I can right now to get me where I need to be. I would like to fight for an Australian title later this year. I think Ben Kelleher has got it right now, so I’d love to fight for that by the end of the year,” Masson said.

“At the end of the day I just want to have good quality fights against anyone in the top ten. I’m pretty much training fulltime now and I just want to fight the best.”

The cruiserweight division in Australia is teeming with talent. Along with world-class operators Jai Opetaia and Mark Flanagan, there are regional standouts Kane Watts, Kurtis Pegoraro and Ben Kelleher, while across the ditch David Light is leading the pack.

But the natural rivalry for Masson would be Rio Olympian and 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medalist Jason Whateley 4-0 (3).

“He’s a good boxer, he’s got a good amateur background and he’s technically sound. He uses his jab well and has a good boxing brain,” Masson said.

“We know each other pretty well, we’ve sparred each other quite a few times. In saying that, I think we’re chasing the same sort of thing, trying to climb up the ladder and face those guys who have already got the rankings in Australian or New Zealand boxing.

“If we were to meet on the way up, to fight for an Oz title or something, I’m sure it would be a back-and-forth, close fight. I reckon it would be won by who comes in the best prepared on the night.”

Masson has been the distance just once against heavy-handed and hard-headed fellow Kiwi Navosa ‘Smiley’ Ioata, who was coming off a six-round points loss to Whateley.

“I want to be tested. In saying that I had a good tough fight in New Zealand against Smiley and he’s a tough boy, he came to fight. That was a good fight but I want to keep stepping up from there against tougher and tougher opponents,” he said.

The ambitious Masson insists he want to fight the best and with his concussive power, he has to be considered a chance against anyone in the division at domestic level.

“I just want to fight the best, get my name out there in Australian boxing and get the Australian title, then move on from there and go all the way to a world title,” Masson said.