Who Will Win The 2007 Australian Pro?

Who will win the 2007 Australian Pro? Our forum members put their predictions in writing. Here are the competitors each of them thinks will be in the top ten at the 2007 Australian Pro.


TOPIC: Who Will Win The 2007 Australian Pro?

The Question:

Each year many of the best bodybuilders in the world converge on the great city of Melbourne, Australia for a grand one day event. This year there is an exciting line-up with a lot of pre-comp hype.

Give your opinion on what order the following athletes will end up in and give full details for why you believe it will go down that way.

2007 Australian Pro Competitors:

    1. Ronnie Rockel
    2. Dexter Jackson
    3. Vince Taylor
    4. Wong Hong
    5. Toney Freeman
    6. Mustafa Mohammed
    7. Marcus Haley
    8. John Hodgson
    9. Luke Wood
    10. Neil Gardener

Bonus Question: Have you ever attended the Australian Pro? If so, what did you think of it and how was your experience? Was it what you thought it would be? How could it be made better?

Show off your knowledge to the world!

The Winners:

    Prizes:
      1st place - 75 in store credit.
      2nd place - 50 in store credit.
      3rd place - 25 in store credit.

To use your credit, e-mail Will @ will@bodybuilding.com for more info.


1st Place - NoNameNecessary
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Each year many of the best bodybuilders in the world converge on the great city of Melbourne, Australia for a grand one day event. This year there is an exciting line-up with a lot of pre-comp hype.

Give your opinion on what order the following athletes will end up in and give full details for why you believe it will go down that way.

2007 Australian Pro Competitors:

  1. Ronny Rockel
  2. Dexter Jackson
  3. Vince Taylor
  4. Wong Hong
  5. Toney Freeman
  6. Mustafa Mohammed
  7. Marcus Haley
  8. John Hodgson
  9. Luke Wood
  10. Neil Gardener


Thunder Down Under

The Australian Pro is the only bodybuilding competition in the Southern Hemisphere. Also, if that isn't enough, this may be the last show ever at the Dallas Brooks Centre, which is being demolished for departments, where many Australian bodybuilders got their start.

It truly is the spiritual home of Australian bodybuilding. Also, if that isn't enough, BSN and MuscleTech are sponsors of the show. As a result, you can expect big things from this competition and the expo.

The list of competitors is already looking great. Dexter Jackson, Toney Freeman, 2006 Australian Pro champion Ronnie Rockel, Vince Taylor, Marcus Haley, and Luke Wood, all of whom are a week out from the Arnold Classic, will be present. It is shaping up to be a great competition.


The Predictions


1st Dexter Jackson:

    He looked great at the Arnold Classic, where he placed second, though many feel he could/should have placed first, ahead of Victor Martinez. Dexter will be hard to beat, as his physique is near perfect - abs, back, shoulders, etc. If he looks like he did at the Arnold Classic, which is likely, he will be near impossible to beat.


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Dexter Jackson.
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2nd Toney Freeman:

    If anyone can beat Dexter, it is Toney. He won both the Sacramento and Iron Man Pro shows and followed those performances with a third place finish behind Victor Martinez and Dexter Jackson.

    Toney is one of the biggest competitors in the IFBB. He manages to bring a great deal of size and musculature to the stage, while maintaining a slim waistline. It will be difficult for him to improve upon the package he has brought in recent competitions, which is why I place him second.


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Toney Freeman.
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3rd Ronnie Rockel:

    The 2006 Australian Pro winner, Ronnie Rockel, native of Australia, will be returning down under to defend his crown. He looked great at the recent Arnold, where he placed 8th.

    He is one of the most underrated bodybuilders and many felt he could have place a few spots higher at the Arnold. He has a great overall package, with size, aesthetics, and presentation. The home crowd will be backing him. If Freeman falls off of his mark, due to the amount of competitions he has competed in, look for Rockel to take advantage and move ahead a position.


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Ronnie Rockel.
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4th Mustafa Mohammed:

    You never know what to expect from Mustafa Mohammed. He packs a ton of mass on his frame and his legs are some of the best in bodybuilding. However, he is infamous for missing his mark on competition day.

    He often comes in with lackluster conditioning, which often hurts his placing. If he nails his conditioning, I expect him to place very well in this competition. If not, look for veterans like Vince Taylor and Wong Hong to take advantage.


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Mustafa Mohammad.
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5th Vince Taylor:

    Vince Taylor has won five Masters Olympia and many, many other competitions. He is a veteran of the stage and one of the best bodybuilders of our era, though he can still stand toe-to-toe with all of today's competitors, as shown by his 11th place finish at last years Olympia.

    He recently place 10th in the Arnold Classic and I look for him to improve upon his overall package and finish in the top five in Australia.


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Vince Taylor.
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6th Wong Hong:

    Wong Hong has not competed since the 2004 Toronto Pro, where he placed 13th. He has been prepping for this show over 3 years and started his contest diet, under direction of famed nutritionist Ali Amini, and training in December.

    Judging from his pictures from five weeks out, he looks great and has made tons of improvement. He chose the Australian Pro because he feels "USA judges tend to reward mass rather than symmetry." One thing is for certain, Wong Hong looks better than ever and is poised for a great performance in Australia.


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Wong Hong.


7th Marcus Haley:

    Haley has looked great at recent competitions - the Iron Man where he placed 5th and the Arnold Classic where he placed 12th - against very strong competition. Haley is fairly new to the pro circuit, where he made his debut last year at the Shawn Ray Colorado Pro, placing 4th.

    Haley will only get better as his experience grows. He and Wong Hong may switch positions, but I doubt either of them will place any higher than 6th.


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Marcus Haley.
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8th Luke Wood:

    Luke Wood always looks great in pre-contest photos. However, he fails to dial it in on competition days. In his three most recent competitions, he had two NP's (Iron Man and Sacramento Pro) and one last place finish (16th at the Arnold Classic). I fear his lack of experience will get the best of him here. He will beat out only two of his lesser known competitors.


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Luke Wood.
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9th John Hodgson:

    John Hodgson has not placed better than 11th in any competition to date. If he does so in this competition, it will only be by default. I look for him to finish second-to-last or last. He has more competition experience than Neil, thus, he gets the bump and the 9th place finish.

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John Hodgson.
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10th Neil Gardener:

    He placed 7th in this competition in 2005 and 15th last year. I doubt his presence, much like John Hodgson, will have any impact on this competition.


Bonus Question
Have You Ever Attended The Australian Pro? If So, What Did You Think Of It And How Was Your Experience? Was It What You Thought It Would Be? How Could It Be Made Better?

Due to its location, I have been unable to attend the Australian Pro. I have, however, watched it closely in past years and am definitely looking forward to this year's competition.


2nd Place - RoadPigJohn
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1. Dexter Jackson:

    At the moment he walks on the Australian stage it is going to be game over. Dexter is one razor sharp phenomenon, he has it all. Major guns, delts, lat thickness awesome quads all on a tiny little waist. He had striated glutes and hams and incredible separation that make him the undisputed winner of this show.

    Dexter is going to destroy the entire field. No one is going to be even close. No one is expecting to see him come more dry and hard than the Arnold Classic and that's going to be his strategy this time. Dexter takes competing very seriously and his second place at the Arnold is just fuel to his fire to go out there and prove them wrong.


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Dexter Jackson.
View More Pics Of Dexter At The 2007 Arnold: Finals


2. Toney Freeman:

    Is a contender for the title with an intimidating presence, X-Frame, amazing guns, delts, chest, legs and smaller waist. His back is thick, wide and detailed. 2007 looks to be his year, the man many consider to be one bodybuilding's most underrated could no longer be denied.

    His confidence and presence onstage shows the attitude of a winner. With 3 pro shows under his pocket and a 3rd place finished at the Arnold Classic make the X-Man the must dangerous bodybuilder in the circuit today.


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Toney Freeman.
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3. Ronnie Rockel:

    Is going to be a surprise. With his great shape and symmetry he could place on top ones again. He had a nice back, with incredibly thick lats from the front and rear. Great striated hams and glutes rounded out the lower half. Being smaller, he needs to add some mass to be on the money. Just a little more overall size to his frame and will make him a complete package.


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Ronnie Rockel.
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4. Mustafa Mohammed:

    He has one of the most complete physiques on the planet. He has the roundest back with great detail and thickness. Quads, hams and calves are from another world. The thickest chest and major guns round a package that comes complete with the smallest waist of any of the mass monsters today. You won't see a better classical poser on stage than him. I predict Mustafa to nail his condition this time and get a top place for that.


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Mustafa Mohammad.
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5. Wong Hong:

    The Asian bodybuilder laid it all on the line. He's remarkably hard and dry from the front and side. With great arms and delts and a very classical physic. His back is going to be ready and conditioned from top to bottom. His waist is very small and pretty tight reminiscence of Marvelous Melvin Anthony, he looks to be the next Asian sensation to arrive to the IFBB since Hidetada.

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Wong Hong.


6. Vince Taylor:

    The master blaster and the original terminator is back in great shape, striated from top to bottom. Vince is a magician that shocks everybody with his posing prowess. It's nice to see that guys can present themselves well. It's better for the sport.

    Vince just needs a little more tightness and sweep to his lower quads and he is going to be the total package.


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Vince Taylor.
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7. Marcus Haley:

    After his disappointing outing at the Arnold Classic he must be looking for another chance to prove that he is a top contender for the title. His nuclear caliber guns, chest, sweeping quads and a back that goes all the way to his hip bones are going to be his arsenal to battle for the top.


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Marcus Haley.
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8. Moe El Moussawi:

    I predict him to be at least seven percent sharper, while still maintaining his fullness. His remarkable back and shoulder thickness gave his torso unbelievable depth. Trademark Arnold like arms would be in attendance as usual.

    Moe is riding one hell of a wave into the 2007 contest season. Moe stage presence is going to be remarkable as always and he is pro caliber to be toe to toe with mass monsters and seasoned veterans. His posing routine is going to be spectacular, if crowd reaction counts for anything. He's certainly is one of the most improved athlete of the year and he's just getting started.


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Moe El Moussawi.
View More Pics Of Moe At The 2007 Iron Man: Finals - Prejudging - Press Conference


9. John Hodgson:

    Is going to be at his best and I predict him to be the driest he's ever been. His lower back is over the top. John would be full and diced with striated hams and glutes to prove it. If he added more size to his frame he is going to be up for the hype.


10. Luke Wood:

    Speaking of mass monsters, despite his frightening appearance, Luke needs to improve his condition to be on the money. His sheer size always makes him a threat. The giant's been busy packing on quality beef. His delts are the most impressive of all the contestants.

    His traps almost pinched his ears when he hit his most muscular and his legs are unbelievable. Guns and chest are great but could be better. Luke is putting on size and in near future he's going to play with the major players of the game.


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Luke Wood.
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Bonus Question
Have You Ever Attended The Australian Pro? If So, What Did You Think Of It And How Was Your Experience? Was It What You Thought It Would Be? How Could It Be Made Better?

I never visited Australia so for that reason it is very interesting for me to go there and attend a bodybuilding show like the Australian Pro and fill the excitement of the venue and the live crowd. I have heard good things about the promoter Tony Doherty about making big Bar-B-Q for the athletes and such things so I think it is going to be a great experience.

Note: Moe El Moussawi is confirmed to the show!


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1. Dexter Jackson:

    Just off a 2nd place at the Arnold and without Victor Martinez around anymore, I believe this will be an easy victory for Dexter as long as his conditioning holds, otherwise Toney Freeman could pass him since Toney is experienced at holding conditioning from week to week.


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Dexter Jackson.
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2. Toney Freeman:

    He could easily win this competition if he shows up in better shape than he did at the Arnold, but I believe that Dexter will still be too much for him right now. He still has the size and conditioning to keep him well above all the other competitors. I don't think any of the other competitors can make up enough ground to catch either Dexter or Toney for 2nd.


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Toney Freeman.
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3. Ronnie Rockel:

    The currently most underrated bodybuilder according to Lonnie Teper. I think Ronnie's great symmetry and good conditioning will land him the 3rd place finish. This is his crown when he took it from Lee Priest last year, but I don't think he will be able to beat out Dexter or Toney seeing as how he was 6 places below Toney last week at the Arnold.


4. Vince Taylor:

    Vince did well at this competition last year and I believe he will place above average this year. I think if Ronnie slips up in the week from the Arnold to the Australian Pro, Vince could take his 3rd place spot and earn a trip to the O.

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5. Mustafa Mohammed:

    I haven't heard much from this guy since around the time of last years Olympia, so my placing for him is somewhat of a guess, based on his trend. He is a big guy, but often lacks in conditioning. If his condition is what it was at Olympia 2005, I can see him placed higher, but if it what it was at Olympia 2006, I can see him placed lower. If he comes in somewhere in between, he will probably be in 5th.


6. Marcus Haley:

    As much as I think Marcus could place better, his placings have been dropping from week to week, as is his conditioning (I believe). I don't see him getting better from last week to this week, so I would have to say that I don't see him placing better than average in this lineup either.


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Marcus Haley.
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7. Luke Wood:

    A monster of a man who just can't nail conditioning. I really think that I may be giving him too much credit as he doesn't seem to be placing even remotely high in this year's competitions, but I'm hoping he realizes his mistake and takes advantage of his last chance to get it right (at least for a little while until the next run of pro shows rolls around) by changing how he gets ready for a competition in this last week.

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8. Wong Hong:

    Mr. Asia '99 has a lot of potential in my opinion, but I think his lack of experience in big pro shows will limit his ability to do well here. I do believe that he could place better than half if he shows up in great condition and has added size without having messed up the symmetry that won him his pro card.


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Wong Hong.


9. John Hodgson:

    He has entered a variety of pro shows, and unfortunately, has not done well at any of them yet. This could be his chance to do better, but he doesn't have a great shape to him and with poor conditioning, I don't see him doing well here.

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John Hodgson.
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10. Neil Gardener:

    I am not going to lie; I have no idea who this guy is, which leads me to believe he hasn't done much at many pro shows. After quickly searching Google and Bodybuilding.com, I still found nothing. I don't know who he is, and unfortunately, I doubt anything will change after this competition.


Bonus Question

I have not attended the Australian Pro, but I have heard it is a nice venue and it seems like a nice change of scenery for some of the competitors who just travel around the states.


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1st Dexter Jackson:

    Ever improving, Dexter is set to take 1st place in this year's Australian Pro. His conditioning is superb and his body symmetrical and, a key factor that puts him ahead of others; he looks great from all angles. Also, Dexter's traps are monsters, his abdominals are well developed and he's unreasonably cut up, not to mention, he's collected and charismatic on stage. It should come as no surprise when he does well.


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Dexter Jackson.
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2nd Ronnie Rockel:

    Steadily improving year after year, Ronnie is set for 2nd place. Huge biceps and defined delts give him an edge in the competition. His weak areas, in particular the actual symmetry of his arms has shown improvement and his V-taper appears more noticeable. Ronnie Rockel, not only one of the best conditioned, but also the reigning and returning champ, which- fair or not- will hold some clout in the judges eyes, is in line for second prize.


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Ronnie Rockel.
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3rd Tony Freeman:

    Tony is one massive dude. His overall conditioning is great, each body part is symmetrical and sizeable. In particular his arms and chest are a force to be reckoned with... plus he's tall which will aid him on stage. As long as he's able to stay disciplined and peak properly (he recently was in two shows which could mean trouble for this one) he'll place third in this year's competition.


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Toney Freeman.
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4th Vince Taylor:

    One of the more sizeable competitors, Vince is more known than some of the other contestants and has the experience and conditioning to keep him ranking high. Like Dexter, he's comfortable on the stage and should have no problem placing 4th and scoring close behind Freeman.

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5th Mustafa Mohammad:

    Sporting a ridiculous amount of muscle for 5'8, Mustafa has made great gains and should land a spot at number five. His tight waist, symmetrical body and massive arms complete with cannonball delts give him an impressive physique. With no lagging body parts, and a great 3-D look, especially in his arms-out pose, he should have no trouble taking fifth place.


6th John Hodgson:

    During certain poses John Hodgson may not have as large a stage presence as some of the other competitors. John is, after all, only 5' 3 but this preliminary perception all tends to change when he turns to the side.

    His poses from the side show that he may be the thickest guy in the room not to mention his legs, hamstrings in particular, have a sweep like no other. John is overall well conditioned though suffered a hernia in 2003 which set him back a little; as long as he hits his poses he should place sixth.


7th Marcus Haley:

    I'm anticipating something big from Haley after reading he was training with Dexter Jackson. Photos show his gut has been reduced as well which is certainly an improvement. While he won't place for Olympia we should see good progress in his physique allowing him to place right behind Hodgson.

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Marcus Haley At The 2006 Colorado Pro.
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8th Wong Hong:

    Wong Hong is a bit of a wild card - he has a new nutritionist, and has been making improvements in size and symmetry while training in Malaysia. His training location may prove troublesome with reported average temperatures of around 95 Fahrenheit adversely affecting his training. He seems to be on the upswing overall- I'm predicting eighth.

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9th Neil Gardener:

    Neil placed 15th last year and will find himself in ranks with his Australian friend Luke Wood. Unfortunately for Australia, without Lee Priest, they don't look like they will have as good of a year. Neil Gardener has some experience under his belt though his belt itself doesn't seem to be fitting all that tightly as his V-taper is mediocre and his abs about the same.


10th Luke Wood:

    Luke may be shredded and packing some size on his quads and deltoids but at the end of the day he still needs more. He needs to be able to stand out if he wants to place higher, though being a native from Australia may help him a bit. I foresee 10th.

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Luke Wood.


Bonus Question:
Have You Ever Attended The Australian Pro? If So, What Did You Think Of It And How Was Your Experience? Was It What You Thought It Would Be? How Could It Be Made Better?

I've never attended the Australian Pro. I was so close to working at the Arnold Classic Expo this year (where I would be right now) but unfortunately it didn't work out - next year... when that gets here, I'm sure I'll be able to finally go.