It doesn’t matter where you are in Australia – with the possible exception of the Outback – there are always boxing matches going on for the public to feast their eyes on and shout and scream at. This past week included fights in Victoria and New South Wales, with the focus on former Australian Champion Justin Whitehead’s close defeat to American heavyweight Julius Long at the Bendigo Stadium on Saturday.

Despite only losing by decision, Whitehead looked exhausted by the end of the fight, collapsing to the ground in the process. It was only the 44 year-old journeyman’s second fight in 5 years, since he last held the heavyweight national title in 2010.

Before the fight, he seemed intrigued by the prospect of more domestic fights, telling “We will see what happens after Saturday night. But there are plenty of potential match-ups for me domestically – guys like Ene Purcell, Leapai and Haumono – I think these types would make for great fights.”

Of course, while boxing is sure to take up a great deal of your time, a time will come when you have to take a break. Luckily, Australia is a place where you are never likely to be caught with little to do. Whether you are going kayaking or watching open-air cinemas in Sydney, visiting the zoo or trampolining in Melbourne or experiencing the Air Combat Centre in Brisbane, there’s plenty to take your mind off a frustrating fight. Even if you don’t fancy leaving the house, the local entertainment on offer means you’re easily pleased. Shows like Neighbours and Home and Away are evergreen, and local pokies such as are designed for the thrill seeker to be able to stay indoors. With a large variety of games, like blackjack, 5 reel slots and mobile casino gaming available at the tap of a button, it’s easy to see how online casinos have become so popular. If, however, you can’t keep yourself away from the latest combat news, has everything covered for you, from every fight to every weigh-in.

As well as boxing, the unprecedented growth in popularity of MMA is not lost on Australia – the AFC (Australian Fighting Championship) frequently puts on a range of shows in Melbourne to satisfy the needs of the adrenaline seekers. In the AFC’s latest showcase, the real eye-catchers were three Tasmanian fighters who all made their debuts, making a good impression on the crowd in the process. “Fearless” Bayden Mandich, Rob Wilkinson and Stu Dare provided an invasion of sorts into the sport, showing not only its popularity, but just how entertaining the MMA in AFC can be.