By Adrian Warren
BOXING veterans Sam Soliman and Lovemore Ndou are aiming for big targets, with the former chasing Daniel Geale and the latter calling out Ricky Hatton.
Soliman (41-11, 17 KOs) will fight the Dominican Republic's New York-based Giovanni Lorenzo (31-4, 23 KOs) on August 24 in Geelong in an eliminator for fellow Australian Geale's IBF middleweight world title.
Geale fights WBA middleweight Super champion Felix Sturm in Germany in a unification bout on September 2 (AEST).
``How good would it be, two Australians fighting for the world title?,'' Soliman said of a potential world title match-up with Geale.
Former IBF junior welterweight world champion Ndou (49-13-2, 31 KOs), who defeated ex-IBF junior lightweight world champion Gairy St Clair last week, will back up against Rivan Cessaire (10-3, 3 KOS) in Melbourne on September 7.
The 41-year-old Sydney-based South African-born boxer is intent on getting a crack at former WBA welterweight and IBF junior welterweight king Hatton (45-2, 32 KOs).
Englishman Hatton is reportedly considering a comeback after being knocked out by Manny Pacquiao in his last fight three years ago.
``Him (Hatton) and I have unfinished business,'' said Ndou, who holds the WBF world and IBF Pan Pacific welterweight titles.
``He chose to relinquish the (IBF world) title instead of fight me.''
Ndou drew with Hatton's brother Matthew in England in 2009 in a fight the Australian was convinced he won.
He said the victory over St Clair had opened doors for him and forced him to cancel a holiday.
Ndou said his options included a fight in the United States against top ten-rated WBC and IBF junior middleweight Demetrius Andrade, and a bout in Thailand.
Second-ranked Soliman, 38, will concede significant height and reach advantages to fifth-rated Lorenzo, who has never been stopped and lost only against world champions.
``He (Lorenzo) is a six-footer, he's tough, loves the 12 rounds, he's durable,'' Soliman said.
Soliman added that the generosity of four sponsors had allowed him to train fulltime instead of working 12-hour shifts on the docks in Melbourne