20.11.07 - By Tony Nobbs: He's fought the best the US and the world has to offer and now American crowd pleaser Emmanuel Augustus (35-29-6, 18 KO's) is Down Under looking to fight the best Australia has. Augustus, 32, is living in Sydney and has been training with Paul Grech at the Pound For Pound Gym in Marrickville since September..
Augustus' best fights have been at junior welter but he is willing to fight between 140-154 pound. Grech says he has fielded offers from South Africa and a possible WBF title shot but first wants to get the tough road warrior a run here. Since settling, Augustus has sparred with Rob Medley, Solomon Egberime, Jason Cortis and Ronnie Grech (the trainer's son).
Married to a local girl, Emmanuel intends to stay permanently. An attractive fight for him in 2008 would be Isaac Hlatswayo for the IBO 147 lb strap or possibly Lovemore Ndou or Sam Columban (who fights Egberime on December 14).
In the mean time Grech asks “Anyone for Augustus?”.