Aussie wrap-up for November
Former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn's demolition of Anthony Mundine headlines Anthony Cocks' round-up of all the Aussie action from November...
Former WBO welterweight champion Jeff ‘The Hornet’ Horn 19-1-1 (13) walked through Anthony ‘The Man’ Mundine 48-9 (28) in 96 seconds at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Friday 30 November, retiring the former rugby league star in the process.
The 30-year-old Horn was ruthless and methodical, seemingly hurting the Sydney veteran with every punch he threw in their 156.5lbs catchweight bout.
Despite being the naturally smaller man, the former Brisbane schoolteacher was the more physically imposing of the two, ripping in to Mundine’s lean body before setting up the fight-ending left hook.
Midway through the opening frame Horn banged Mundine to the body before switching his attack upstairs. A perfectly-timed left hook caught the 43-year-old former WBA super middleweight titleholder on the chin and sent him sprawling to the canvas in the neutral corner.
Experienced referee Phil Austin counted to eight before waving off the fight, with Mundine still on his back and no chance of getting up.
It was an emphatic victory from Horn, who can now legitimately claim to be the face of Australian boxing.
“I was expecting a tough fight from Choc,” said Horn said after the fight. “I felt really, really strong at this weight.”
Mundine, who has boxed some of the best of his era including Mikkel Kessler, Sven Ottke, Shane Mosley and Danny Green, announced his retirement after the fight.
Horn, who picked up the vacant WBA Oceania middleweight title and claimed Mundine’s WBO Oriental middleweight title with the win, is widely expected to campaign at junior middleweight in 2019.
In a shock result, WBO number two ranked lightweight Kye ‘Mr Frenzy’ MacKenzie 20-2 (17) failed to get the job done against novice pro Francis ‘The Removalist’ Chua 6-0-1 (2) in what was seen as a six-round stay-busy fight.
West Australian southpaw Chua, 33, who turned pro just last year, got off to a flyer and by the time the 26-year-old MacKenzie made his move, it was too late.
Chua claimed the split decision victory by scores of 59-56, 58-56 and a dissenting 56-58.
In other action former amateur star Liam Wilson 3-0 (2) picked up the Australian super-featherweight title with a ten-round unanimous points win over reigning champion Brent Rice 8-1 (2).
In his first fight over ten rounds – and his first that has lasted longer than the opening frame – the switch-hitting Wilson had too much class for the more experienced champion who was making the second defence of the national crown he won against the talented Matt Casboult two years ago.
All three judges pegged Wilson the winner with scores of 97-92, 96-93 and 97-92.
Former Commonwealth welterweight title challenger Cameron ‘The Hammer’ Hammond 18-1 (9) outpointed Venezuelan Frank ‘El Gallo’ Rojas 23-2 (22) over ten rounds to claim the vacant WBA Oceania 147lbs title by scores of 99-92, 100-90 and 98-92.
Former WBA ‘regular’ heavyweight champion Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne 27-1 (24) has called out Englishman Dave Allen 16-4-2 (13) after his victory over journeyman Junior Pati 12-23-1 (6) in St John in New Zealand on Saturday 24 November.
A surprisingly slim Browne came in at a career-low weight of 243½lbs. It was the first time he has weighed under 250lbs in his ten-year professional career.
“I’m looking to get back out [in the ring] in January or February,” said Browne, 39, who has fought six times in the UK including his disastrous sixth-round KO loss to Dillian Whyte in March.
“Someone like a Dave Allen in the UK. I think people would like to see that and I’d love to do that.”
Other names the former Perth bouncer would like to face include Adam Kownacki, Charles Martin, Tomasz Adamek and Kyotaro Fujimoto.
“These are some of the fights that I’m looking at, that I’m trying to make,” continued Browne. “[But] I think Dave Allen next would be perfect.”
WBA number 15 ranked light heavyweight ‘President’ Reagan Dessaix 16-1 (11) scored an impressive second-round stoppage of Steve Lovett 17-3 (13) at Seagulls Rugby League Club in Tweed Heads, New South Wales on Saturday 10 November.
The 22-year-old Dessaix set up a beautiful right uppercut from the outside behind a blinding jab that caught Lovett right on the point of the chin and crumpled him to the canvas. The Canberran was counted out at 2:41 of the second frame.
Next up for Dessaix is another step up in class when he faces world-rated Blake ‘Il Capo’ Caparello 28-3-1 (12) in Melbourne in February.
WBC number eight and WBO number 12 Caparello, a 33-year-old southpaw, has mixed it with some of the best in the world at 175lbs including Sergey Kovalev and Andre Dirrell. The last time he faced a fellow Australian he knocked out former world title challenger Trent Broadhurst in the opening round.
On the undercard Mitchell Whitelaw 4-0-1 (1) scored his first career knockout with a come-from-behind sixth round stoppage of Adam Stowe 3-2 (3) to annex the vacant New South Wales state light heavyweight title in a scheduled eight round bout. Stowe was leading 49-46 and 48-47 on two of the judges’ scorecards at the time of the stoppage, while the third judge had the fight even at 48-48.
At cruiserweight Benjamin Dimitrioski 4-4 (3) needed just 139 seconds to stop veteran journeyman Aswin Cabuy 19-72-4 (7) and pick up the vacant New South Wales state title in their eight round bout.
Heavy-handed super middleweight contender Zac ‘Dynamo’ Dunn 27-1 (22) scored a sixth-round stoppage of Oklahoman Bo Gibbs Jr 20-2 (8) in a scheduled ten-round bout to claim the vacant WBA Oceania title at the Melbourne Pavilion on Flemington, Victoria on Saturday 17 November.
The 27-year-old Melburnian, who is ranked WBO number nine, has now won four fights in a row by knockout since his lone career loss to Scotland’s David Brophy in defence of his Commonwealth crown in March last year.
If local rival Jayde ‘El Matador’ Mitchell 17-1 (9) gets past Kim Poulsen 28-4 (7) of Denmark in Melbourne on 14 December, expect to see a Dunn vs Mitchell clash early in the new year.
Tayla Harris 4-0-1 and Sarah Dwyer 3-4-2 (1) battled it out to a majority draw after eight two-minute rounds for the vacant Australian middleweight title. Judge Andrew Campbell had Dwyer ahead 77-75 while Martin O’Malley and Brett Manton couldn’t split the pair, scoring the fight 76-76 apiece.
Big-punching southpaw Kris Terzievski 6-0-1 (5) scored a third-round TKO of veteran Hunter Sam 11-13-2 (4) to pick up the vacant Victorian state heavyweight title when the towel came in at the 2:50 mark. All three judges had the bout even at 19-19 at the time of the stoppage.
In a heavyweight contest scheduled for six rounds Willis Meehan 7-0 (6) scored his sixth straight knockout with a TKO1 of Hungarian Richard Nemeth 3-1 (3) stopping him at 1:36 of the opening frame. The promising 23-year-old southpaw prospect is the son of former WBO heavyweight title challenger Kali Meehan.
Joel ‘Cama-KO’ Camilleri 16-5-1 (7) made a successful move down to welterweight to score a comprehensive points victory over rugged Filipino Adam Diu Abdulhamid 13-7 (5) at the Malvern Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria on 24 November.
The career junior middleweight, who moonlights as a substitute schoolteacher, picked up the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council title with the win by scores of 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91.
The 28-year-old from Keilor Downs will return to action in February on the undercard of the Caparello vs Dessaix fight at the Melbourne Pavilion.
Junior welterweight Terry Tzouramanis 21-4-3 (3) picked up the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental title with a ten-round unanimous points victory over Victor Odindo 5-2 (5) by scores of 100-90 and 97-93 twice.
At the state level, featherweight Layton McFerran 3-1 (1) outpointed Daniel ‘The Hawk’ Huculak 4-1 (2) over eight rounds to claim the vacant Victorian 126-pound title by scores of 78-74 and 79-73 twice, while Victorian welterweight champion Adam Kaoullas 6-1 (2) successful defended his crown against Jonny Singh 5-3-2 (3) by KO3.
Southpaw Matt Sheehan 4-1 (2) annexed the vacant Victorian state light heavyweight title with an eighth-round TKO of Mark Smith 5-4-2, while in a six-round middleweight contest Emmanuel Carlos 9-1 (7) stopped Siliveni Nawai 11-2 (8) in the third stanza.
Former featherweight and super-featherweight contender ‘Aussie’ Joel Brunker 34-3 (20) got back in the winner’s circle with a third-round stoppage of Rivo Rengkung 37-28-6 (14) of Indonesia at Panthers in North Richmond, New South Wales on Saturday 10 November. The 32-year-old Brunker was coming off a ten-round split decision loss to talented Kiwi southpaw Nort Beauchamp 17-2 (3) in July.
Southpaw Matthew Davoren 8-0 (4) claimed the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council cruiserweight title with a hard-fought split decision victory over Aaron Russell 11-6 (4) at Easts Rugby League Club in Bondi Junction, New South Wales on Friday 30 November.
Junior welterweight Steve Spark 7-1 (7) dominated Taisho Ozawa 21-12-2 (13), dropping him in the second round before stopping the Japanese veteran on cuts in the sixth round of their scheduled ten-round bout at Rumours International at Toowoomba, Queensland on Saturday 3 November.
In an entertaining battle for the vacant Queensland state heavyweight championship Willie ‘Wild Bill’ Nasio 12-3 (11) had to climb off the deck in the opening round to secure a fourth-round TKO over Herman ‘The Hermanator’ Ene Purcell 13-8 (7). Trailing 26-30 on all three judges’ scorecards, former Australian champion Nasio had Purcell on the canvas twice in the fatal fourth round prompting the referee to wave off the contest at the same time as the corner threw in the towel. The time of the stoppage was 2:50.
Super middleweight Ali Elrich 4-0 (3) knocked out Adam Fitzsimmons 3-3 (1) in the third round of their scheduled eight-round bout at the Hurstville Entertainment Centre in Sydney, New South Wales on Friday 23 November. The time of the stoppage was 1:29.
On the undercard heavyweight Randall Rayment 9-4 (3) scored a six-round split decision victory over one-time hot prospect ‘Big’ Bowie Tupou 26-6 (18).
At the Famous Fortitude Gym in Newstead, Queensland welterweight ‘Banging’ Ben Kite 13-4-1 (6) gave a one-sided beatdown to Heri Andriyanto 24-28-2 (11) of Indonesia on Saturday 10 November. The fight was called to a halt at 1:11 of the eighth and final round with Kite leading 70-63 on all three cards.
Heavyweight Danny Rio 4-2-1 (4) defeated fellow banger Filimoni Taganikula 5-3 (5) of Fiji by TKO1 in their scheduled eight round fight at Club Marconi in Bossley Park, Sydney, New South wales on Saturday 10 November. The time was 1:47.