AFL great Brendan Fevola was taught a cage-fighting lesson by Tony ‘The Tradie’ Ciccone at Festival Hall on Saturday night.
While the fight technically ended in a draw, the under-prepared Fevola learnt plenty from it, mainly that he should have trained for the event.
Fevola also conceded that he lost, despite the official result.
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“It was actually really fun. I might do it again, but I will train this time,” Fevola said after the event.
The fight was part of a radio stunt for Fevola’s breakfast show on Fox FM.
His opponent Ciccone won the competition and, unfortunately for Fevola, came with MMA experience.
Fevola was feeling hit during the fight. Credit: Instagram
It was a slightly different scenario for the former Carlton sharpshooter, who thought ahead of the fight he was just going to be involved in a traditional boxing match.
“Considering I thought it was a boxing fight when I signed up – and I asked for headgear and they said ‘all you need is shin pads’, and I said ‘why?’ – I think I did OK,” Fevola said.
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“I don’t think it was a draw, though … congratulations Tony.”
The fight was only two rounds long with each round going for two minutes.
The were plenty of famous faces at Festival Hall watching on, with Collingwood stars Jack Crisp and Brody Mihocek in attendance, form North Melbourne great Brent Harvey, former Carlton player Ben Silvagni, and Australian boxer Michael Zerafa there too.
Fevola’s high-profile daughter Mia was also cage-side with her boyfriend Bass Miller, as was Fevola’s father, Angelo.
Fevola turned it on ahead of the fight and looked the part. Credit: InstagramCiccone entered the fight with MMA experience. Credit: InstagramFevola thought it was going to be a traditional boxing match before he stepped into the ring. Credit: InstagramBen Silvagni, Brody Mihocek, Jack Crisp and Australian boxer Michael Zerafa were all cage-side. Credit: Instagram
Plenty kicks and punches were thrown, but Ciccone appeared too strong and to skilled for Fevola.
“He was 17kg heavier than me,” Fevola said.
“I was 115kg this morning and he was 132kg. He was too hard to get off me once he got on top of me,” Fevola said.
“Just my lungs hurt. I don’t think he hit me much. I got him a heap. I don’t feel like I have been hit.
“He tried to break my arm at one stage. I was like, ‘aargh’.
“Then I saw my mate Nate Myles and I smiled at him, that’s when my mouthguard fell out.
“Then I saw Jack Crisp from Collingwood when I was on the ground and I winked at him and he was like, ‘hey’, and I was like ‘what am I doing?’.”
Fevola entered the ring to the Culture Club classic Do You Really Want to Hurt Me.
In an Instagram post, he revealed ahead of the fight he was watching the TV show NCIS.
“I’m bored,” he said with a laugh.
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