Aussie wrap-up for September
Featherweight hope Luke ‘Action’ Jackson was among the Aussie victors in September. Anthony Cocks rounds up all the latest action from the Antipodes...
Slick-boxing featherweight contender Luke ‘Action’ Jackson 15-0 (6) moved a step closer to a world title shot with a clear-cut ten-round decision win over Mexican Humberto de Santiago 14-4-1 (10) at the Hobart City Hall in Hobart, Tasmania on Saturday 16 September.
In the inaugural defence of his WBO Oriental 126-pound title, Jackson won comfortably by scores of 100-91, 97-94 and 98-92.
After a couple of feeling out rounds Jackson got his jab pumping in the third. The fourth round saw Jackson tear into the visitor’s body and back him up to the ropes where he landed three solid left hooks that seemed to shake De Santiago.
In the seventh Jackson got the better of the inside action and landed a big shot that almost decked the Mexican. The 32-year-old WBO number nine contender continued the quality work in the eighth and ninth rounds, landing punches in bunches and opening up a cut on De Santiago’s lip.
De Santiago threw everything at the hometown hero in the tenth and final round but it was simply too little, too late. Jackson retained his title by unanimous decision.
Jackson’s promoter Adam Wilcock of Fight Card Promotions has been working with WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez’s team on a deal that would see the 26-year-old power-punching Mexican head to Tasmania to defend his world title.
“We have spoken to his team, they’re keen,” Wilcock told WIN News. “They’re open to coming down here, so we’re pursuing all of that.”
On the undercard Jayden ‘Plugger’ Nichols 3-0-1 (1) claimed the vacant Tasmanian cruiserweight title with a majority decision win over local rival Johnny Brown 2-3-1 by scores of 77-76, 78-74 and 76-76.
Talented Canberra middleweight ‘Diamond’ David Toussaint 12-0 (8) won his first major title when he claimed the national 160-pound crown against Brisbane's Liam Hutchinson 11-5-1 (5) at the Hellenic Club in Woden, ACT on Friday 8 September.
The fight was stopped in the sixth round after a nasty diagonal cut across Hutchinson's forehead forced a premature stoppage to the scheduled ten-round contest.
Toussaint was leading on all three cards at the time of the stoppage by scores of 50-46, 49-46 and 49-47. The 26-year-old southpaw was coming off an eight round points win over Shane Mosley Jr on the undercard of Jeff Horn vs Manny Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on 2 July in a fight that was telecast on ESPN in the United States.
Gunnedah southpaw Wade Ryan 14-5 (3) was too slick for Felipe Ferreira 6-3 (2) from Canberra, outboxing him over six by scores of 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56 at middleweight. Next up for Ryan is a clash with unbeaten Tim Tszyu 6-0 (5) for the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental junior middleweight title on 22 October.
Light heavyweight Steve Lovett 16-2 (13) bounced back from back-to-back KO losses in the United States with a second round TKO of Sydney-based Indonesian journeyman Aswin Cabuy 19-64-4 (7).
In his first fight of the year, lightweight Kye ‘Mr Frenzy’ MacKenzie 17-1 (15) stayed active against Filipino Jonel Alibio 21-19-5 (12), scoring a sixth-round TKO in a fight he was completely controlling at Club Punchbowl in Sydney on Friday 1 September.
Alibio was riding a five-fight win streak that included victories on the road in Japan, Australia and South Korea, but he was no match to the superior firepower of MacKenzie, who remains one of Australia’s most overlooked prospects.
The 25-year-old Sydneysider was last in action in December when he stopped previously undefeated local rival Dylan Emery – 17-0 (10) at the time – to claim the vacant Australian junior welterweight title after twice sending him to the canvas.
Kiwi cruiserweight Lance ‘Buster’ Bryant 11-3 (5) made his first trip across the ditch a successful one as he made short work of Aaron Russell 10-4 (4) scoring a second-round knockout in a ten-round contest for the vacant IBO Oceania title at the Mansfield Tavern in Brisbane, Queensland on Saturday 9 September.
After getting outboxed in the first round, ‘Buster’ went to work in the second. Russell, who was coming off an impressive points win over previously unbeaten New Zealander Nikolas Charalampous 15-1 (7) in June, simply had no answer for the power of the Pahiatua bruiser.
Bryant sent Russell to the canvas three times in the second round, prompting the corner of the 28-year-old Queenslander to throw in the towel. The official time of the stoppage was 2:59.
On the same card 32-year-old veteran Samuel ‘The Lion’ Colomban 25-10-1 (11) became the Australian junior middleweight champion in his fifth attempt at a national title by scoring a ten round points decision over previously undefeated Queenslander Adrian Rodriguez 8-1-1 (5).
Colomban represented his native Cameroon at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006 and remained in the host city when the competition concluded. Using the experience gained over 36 professional bouts, Colomban outboxed the game Rodriguez to impresses the judges and win by scores of 99-91 twice and 96-94.
Australian super featherweight champion Brent Rice 7-0 (2) successfully defended his national crown against James Katz 4-3 (2) with a unanimous decision over ten rounds. The pair had previously met two years ago with Rice winning a majority decision over four. This time around the decision was much more definitive, with Rice pitching a shutout on two of the three judges’ scorecards while the third could only find a single round to award to Katz.
Brisbane junior welterweight prospect Liam Paro 10-0 (7) continued his fistic education with a third-round TKO of Argentine Jose Aubel 8-1 (7) at the Eaton Hills Hotel in Brisbane, Queensland on Saturday 23 September.
Southpaw Paro, who was part of Jeff Horn’s training camp for the Manny Pacquiao fight, had Aubel on the canvas prior to the stoppage.
The 21-year-old from Townsville will be fighting in front of his home crowd for the very first time at the Townsville Entertainment Centre against an opponent to be determined on Saturday 4 November. The card will also feature fellow Townsville product Mark ‘Bam Bam’ Flanagan 22-5 (15) up against Pablo Matias Magrini 19-2-1 (15) in his first fight back since losing his world title bid against veteran Russian powerhouse Denis Lebedev in July.
Light heavyweight Reagan Dessaix 11-1 (8) needed just one round to dispatch Argentine Francisco Ramon Benitez 16-6 (13) in a scheduled eight rounder. Benitez was already on the canvas prior to being knocked out and counted out at the 2:00 mark of the opening stanza.
In a clash for the Australian female super bantamweight title April Adams 7-1-1 (3) was too skilled for Carol Earl 2-3-1 (2) over eight two-minute rounds, cruising to an 80-72 win on all three judges’ scorecards.
Headlining a Sydney Fight League card at Dee Why RSL on Saturday 23 September, Valentine Borg 14-2 (8) pitched a virtual shutout over Brisbane-based Thai Paitoom Jaikom 7-34 (2) by scores of 80-72 twice and 79-73 in a welterweight eight rounder.
Sydney middleweight Mateo Tapia 6-0 (3) kept his unblemished record intact with a six-round unanimous decision win over Aphichat Koedchatturat 2-18-1, winning 60-54 on all three scorecards.
On the undercard of WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez’s world title defence against Genesis Servania on Friday 22 September, Australian Leonardo Zappavigna 35-3 (26) from Leppington in Sydney’s western suburbs secured a third-round KO of Fidel Monterrosa Munoz 38-14-1 (30) in a welterweight clash. The heavy-handed Zappavigna had Munoz on the canvas three times prior to the stoppage.
At 5-foot-6, the 29-year-old Zappavigna is making an ambitious move to the welterweight division where he hopes to turn his short stature into an advantage.