Aussie wrap-up for May

Anthony Cocks
06/06/2018 8:55am Cocks' latest definitive wrap-up of all the action from 'Down Under' is headlined by bantam Jason Moloney whose 17th straight win saw him stake his claim for a WBSS berth...

Ring Magazine number nine ranked bantamweight Jason 'The Smooth One' Moloney 17-0 (14) became just the second boxer to stop Kohei Kono 33-12-1 (14) when he halted the 37-year-old Japanese on cuts in the sixth round of their scheduled 12-round bout to successfully defend his WBA Oceania title for the second time at the Malvern Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria on 19 May.

The ringside physician recommended the fight be stopped at the end of the sixth round due to a cut next to Kono’s left eye that had bled profusely throughout the sixth round, painting both the canvas and the combatants red with blood.

Former two-time world titleholder Kono came to fight but soon found out why Moloney is one of the hottest prospects at 118lbs. The 27-year-old Australian had the visitor on the canvas in the third round courtesy of a well-timed jab and opened up a cut over his left eye with a right-hand in the following frame.

Moloney continued to attack Kono’s wiry body while zeroing in on the wound near his eye that never seemed to completely stop bleeding. It was a polished display of power boxing from Moloney and the scorecards reflected his dominance: 59-54 and 60-53 twice at the time of the stoppage.

Moloney’s team have been pushing for a spot in the new season of the World Boxing Super Series that will feature the bantamweight division. The eight-man, single-elimination tourney, set to begin in September, will feature WBO champion Zolani Tete of South Africa, newly-minted IBF titleholder Emmanuel Rodriguez of Puerto Rico, Belfast’s WBA 'super' champion Ryan Burnett and WBA 'regular' champion Naoya Inoue of Japan.

In an entertaining and free-swinging bout super flyweight contender Andrew 'The Monster' Moloney 17-0 (10) had to climb off the canvas to secure a ten-round points win over Filipino former world title challenger Richard Claveras 18-4-2 (15) in defence of his WBA Oceania 115lbs title.

The 27-year-old twin brother of Jason, also ranked number nine by Ring Magazine, was getting the better of the action until the seventh round when he backed Claveras into the ropes only to get caught with a counter right hand midway through an exchange. More embarrassed than hurt, Moloney boxed cautiously but effectively for the last three rounds to win by scores of 99-91 and 98-91 twice.

Both Moloneys are highly ranked by the four major sanctioning bodies. Jason is the WBA number two, WBO number three, IBF number 11 and WBC number 13 at 118lbs, while Andrew is ranked number five by the WBA, WBC, and IBF, while the WBO rates him number 11 at 115lbs.

Also on the card, lightweight Terry Tzouramanis 20-3-3 (3) successfully defended his Victorian state title with a clear-cut eight-round points victory over Jacob McBride 10-6 (4) of Perth. Scores were 80-71 and 80-72 twice.

The win clears the way for the 32-year-old from Bentleigh to face Jayar Inson 16-1 (11) on the undercard of Lucas Matthysse’s WBA 'regular' welterweight title defence against Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao on 15 July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In an entertaining scrap for the vacant Victorian state welterweight title Adam Kaoullas 5-1 (1) out-fought Dillon Bargero 4-6 (3) over eight rounds to win by scores of 80-70 and 79-71 twice. South Melbourne’s Kauollas had Bargero on the canvas in the third and fifth rounds. The fight was a rematch of their four-round split draw at the same venue last November.

In Sydney welterweight 'Gelignite' Jack Brubaker 14-2-1 (7) was lucky to escape with a points win over the experienced Tyrone Nurse 35-4-2 (7) of the United Kingdom in an official Commonwealth title eliminator at the Star Casino in Pyrmont, New South Wales on 24 May.

The 26-year-old Sydneysider tried to rough-up the visitor on the inside but was unsuccessful for large stretches of the fight as Nurse stood his ground and defended superbly. Brubaker had his best rounds of the fight in the fifth and sixth and closed strongly in the championship rounds. Somewhere the judges found another three to four rounds to award him, giving him the fight by scores of 115-113 and 116-112 twice.

In the semi-main event OPBF welterweight champion Ben Savva 9-1 (3) gave Kyron Dryden 10-2 (8) a 12-round hiding to win a unanimous decision by scores of 118-109, 119-107 and 117-109.

There was plenty of bad blood in the lead-up to this fight, but it was Sydney’s Savva who had the last laugh, dropping Dryden in the fourth with a body shot and systematically outclassing him down the stretch. Dryden, from Newcastle north of Sydney, was also docked a point for a low blow in the ninth.

Also in action rising junior middleweight Tim Tszyu 9-0 (7) wiped the floor with Indonesian journeyman Larry Siwu 27-11 (23) in defence of his WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental title. Tszyu, the eldest son of Hall of Famer Kostya Tszyu, won every round before dropping and stopping Siwu in the fourth.

The 23-year-old Tszyu will take another step up in class in his next bout when he takes on experienced Australian 154lbs champion Samuel Colomban 25-10-1 (11) on the undercard of the IBF super featherweight world title fight between Billy 'The Kid' Dib 43-4 (24) and American Tevin Farmer 25-4-1 (5) at Technology Park in Eveleigh, Sydney NSW on 3 August.

Middleweight 'Diamond' David Toussaint 13-0 (8) was taken the distance for the first time in a fight in his hometown of Canberra when tough Kiwi Gunnar Jackson 27-11-4 (12) extended him the ten-round distance at the Hellenic Club in Woden, ACT on 4 May.

Southpaw Toussaint, who scored an eight-round split decision victory over Shane Mosley Jr on the undercard of the WBO welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn in Brisbane last July, won by scores of 99-91, 97-93 and 98-92 and picked up the vacant Australian National Boxing Federation Australasian title with the victory.

In the main support bout middleweight Ben Mahoney 5-0 (2) from Queensland’s Gold Coast delivered local boxer Beau Hartas 3-1 (2) his first loss with a six-round points decision win by scores of 59-57, 58-56 and 58-56.

At Southport Sharks on the Queensland Gold Coast, Brisbane-based junior welterweight Liam 'The Prodigy' Paro moved to 14-0 (10) with a two-round demolition of Sebastian Bytyqi 11-1-1 (8) of the Czech Republic in a scheduled ten-round bout on 19 May.

Paro, a regular sparring partner of WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn, had Bytyqi on the canvas twice before referee Paul Tapley stopped the contest. The 22-year-old southpaw claimed the vacant WBO Youth 140-pound title with the win.

In a cruiserweight clash Daniel Russell 5-1-1 (3) needed just a round and a half to stop well-travelled Auckland, New Zealand-based journeyman Kashif Mumtaz 8-40-1 (6), stopping the Pakistani-born boxer at 1:12 of the second round.

Light heavyweight prospect 'President' Reagan Dessaix 14-1 (10) needed just two rounds to despatch Ghana’s Peter 'Rampage' Ato Ricketts 17-3 (11) and claim the vacant IBF International and WBA Oceania 175lbs titles at Seagulls Rugby League Club at Tweed Heads, NSW on 26 May.

The 21-year-old Dessaix used his hand-speed to outbox Ricketts before a right uppercut in the second frame produced a delayed reaction, sending the Ghanaian to the canvas two or three seconds later.

The quick and stylish Dessaix, who was coming off a fourth-round TKO of Japan’s Shintaro Matsumoto in March, was awarded the KO win at 2:24 of the second round.

Also on the card super middleweight Kerry Foley 19-3-1 (16) destroyed Gutram Ngoya 11-1 (7) in the opening round with a picture-perfect left hook that caught the Tanzanian on the point of the chin and sent him down for the count. Official time of the stoppage was 0:57.

Foley will now take on WBC number 11 and WBA number 15 super middleweight Jayde Mitchell 16-1 (9) at the Melbourne Pavilion on 7 July.

In a scheduled eight-round bout Josh Frederiksen 7-1-2 (6) claimed the vacant NSW State light heavyweight title by seventh-round stoppage against Nick Xipolitas 4-9-1 (1) when referee Les Fear halted the contest due to a badly swollen left eye. Frederiksen was leading 70-62 and 69-63 twice at the time of the stoppage.