The 2006 Australian Pro will mark the return of two of bodybuilding's 1990 legends, top tier champion Vince "The Prince" Taylor, and master of symmetry Francis Benfatto. This alone should be worth the price of admission, but there is one other major attraction in store: the battle between incumbent Australian Pro champion Lee Priest and current flavor of the month Warren Branch.
Held in the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Center, this years Australian Pro does promise to be a very interesting event indeed. The main question will be whether Lee Priest can retain his title, but let's not forget Mustafa Mohammad who will be pushing both Lee and Branch for the top spot.
Although it would be reasonable to assume either of these men will make the top three, the comebacks of Vince Taylor and Francis Benfatto will ensure that their road to the top will not be an easy one. If Vince can achieve the size and conditioning he is renowned for, it could be lights out for at least two of these men.
Francis, as recent reports suggest, is looking magnificent and should provide an adequate challenge for the top spots. With six top level pros compared to only two (Lee and Chris Cormier) at last year's event, the 2006 Australian Pro is yet another contest that is getting better each year. But who will win? All will be revealed on March 19.
Predicted Top Eight
Although these placing's, on paper, seem pretty accurate, several 2006 Australian Pro competitors have not been seen this year and might surprise a few. John Davie is a previous Olympia competitor and Charles Duca is a perennial contestant. With a higher quality, and quantity, of athlete this year, the 2006 Australian Pro should be the best ever.