Aussie wrap-up for July

Anthony Cocks
10/08/2018 5:58am

A controversial win for Sam Soliman headlines a busy month of action 'Down Under' in Anthony Cocks' Aussie wrap-up for July...

Former IBF middleweight champion Sam 'King' Soliman 46-14-1 (19) kept his unbeaten record at the Melbourne Pavilion intact with a ten-round majority points decision win over Tej Pratap Singh 13-5-2 (7) after a number of debatable refereeing decisions in Melbourne, Victoria on Friday 27 July.

Melbourne southpaw Singh was the aggressor throughout the bout but was docked two points by referee Malcolm Bulner for throwing Soliman to the canvas after the popular veteran repeatedly initiated clinches to avoid his opponent’s attacks.

In the final round of the fight for the WBA Oceania title Singh sent Soliman to the canvas twice for what appeared to be legitimate knockdowns but Bulner refused to recognise them, instead ruling them slips in both instances.

When the final bell sounded Singh left the ring in disgust. He was convinced to return in time to hear that judge Martin O’Malley scored the fight a draw at 94-94, while Andrew Campbell and Samantha Bulner (the wife of referee Malcolm Bulner) had Soliman ahead by scores of 96-92 and 98-90 respectively.

Team Singh has lodged complaints to both the WBA and the state-appointed Professional Boxing and Combat Sports Board regarding the last-minute appointment of referee Bulner and his performance in the ring.

“The Board appointed Mr Malcolm Bulner as a result of an submission to the Board to ensure there was no appearance of perceived conflict of interest in the referring [sic.] of the fight,” said Travers Purton, head of communication at Sport and Recreation Victoria, the government body that oversees the Professional Boxing and Combat Sports Board.

Also on the card fast-rising featherweight prospect Jai Alexander 8-0 (5) defeated Australian bantamweight champion Robert Trigg 3-2-1 (1) by ten-round unanimous decision by scores of 97-93, 97-93 and 98-92.

Former world ranked junior welterweight Czar Amonsot 35-4-3 (22) returned to the ring after his first loss in more than a decade to box his way to a six-round split decision victory over Thai veteran Panya Uthok 52-5 (35) by scores of 58-58, 58-56 and 56-58 in a welterweight contest.

Former WBO bantamweight champion Uthok, who also goes by the name Pungluang Sor Singyo, took the fight an incredible six divisions above his natural weight class. Amonsot, originally from the Philippines but based in Melbourne for the past eight years, was knocked out in three rounds last year by Paraguayan puncher Carlos Manuel Portillo 21-1 (16).

In other results, Queenslander Adrian Rodriguez 11-1-1 (5) took a comfortable six-round points win over Lachlan Higgins 4-2 (2) in a middleweight contest by scores of 58-56, 59-55 and 59-55.

At light heavyweight Mitchell Kitson 4-0 (2) won by TKO3 over Thailand’s Waiwat Nareeruk 0-2 in a scheduled six rounder, while Jackson King 4-1 (3) outpointed southpaw Lucas Miller 4-3-2 (3) over six by scores of 58-56 across the board, also at light heavyweight.

In a cruiserweight six rounder David Drapac 5-0 (2) won by TKO5 over debutant Vicky Singh 0-1 of India. Welterweight Jesse Travers 2-1-1 from the Gold Coast won a four-rounder against Essendon’s Matthew Smith 2-9-3 (1) by scores of 39-37 twice and 40-36. Mt Evelyn super featherweight George Payne 2-0 (1) pitched a shutout over four against Thai Prasong Wichuma 0-4.

In Queensland Ben Kelleher 9-1-2 (4) became the Australian cruiserweight champion after handing Jayden 'Plugger' Nichols 7-1-1 (1) his first loss by ten-round unanimous decision at Mansfield Tavern in Brisbane on Saturday 7 July.

The 30-year-old Kelleher, who holds a win over New Zealand’s Nikolas Charalampous, outboxed the Tasmanian titleholder to win by scores of 97-94, 97-93 and 99-91.

Also on the Ace Boxing Promotion show talented super bantamweight April Adams 10-1-1 (3) boxed her way to victory over Singapore’s Nurshahidah Roslie 8-2 (6) over ten two-minute rounds to win by scores of 98-93, 97-93 and 97-94.

In a war at junior welterweight Jacob Ng 7-0 (5) scored a TKO in the eighth and final round against Victor Odindo 5-1 (5) when the referee stopped the contest due to severe swelling below the South Australian-based Kenyan’s right eye.

The 23-year-old Ng from the Gold Coast had Odindo on the canvas in round four but the 31-year-old returned the favour in the following round. At the time of the stoppage Ng was leading on all three cards 67-64, 67-64 and 68-63. Official time of the stoppage was 1:39.

Also on the card junior welterweight Justin 'Iceman' Frost 6-0 outboxed Wayde Goltz 2-2-1 to win by majority decision 59-56, 58-57 and 57-57 over six. Welterweight Tysinn Best 7-0 (1) won by virtual shutout over six against Brisbane-based Thai Winai Tepthanee 0-6 with scores of 60-54, 59-55 and 60-54, while at light heavyweight Joseph Liga 4-1-1 (3) overcame a first-round knockdown to defeat Aaron Sesay 1-4 (1) by TKO3 when Sesay was forced to retire with a dislocated shoulder.

Back at the Melbourne Pavilion in Flemington clever Kiwi boxer Nort Beauchamp 17-2 (3) surprised former WBA number 12 'Aussie' Joel Brunker 33-3 (19) to win a ten-round split decision at super featherweight by scores 99-91, 96-94 and a dissenting 93-97 on Friday 6 July.

The 5'4" southpaw from Christchurch, New Zealand was simply too mobile and elusive for the 32-year-old Sydneysider, who struggled to mount a meaningful offence for any period of time.

Brunker’s only previous losses were to future world titleholders Lee Selby and Josh Warrington. The 32-year-old Beauchamp, who has victories over eight debutants on his ledger and has only ever beaten one boxer with a winning record, had previously lost to Cairo George 15-1 (8) and Kye MacKenzie 19-1 (16) on points.

Also on the card WIBA bantamweight champion Cherneka 'Sugar Neekz' Johnson 10-0 (5) dominated Thailand’s Siriphon Chanbuala 12-6-2 (5) en route to a second-round KO in a scheduled six-round bout.

Meanwhile at heavyweight former AFL big man Shane Mumford 1-0 (1) made a successful debut against Kyle Brumby 5-14-3 (1), stopping him in the third round of a four-round bout.

The Big Time Boxing promotion also featured the fourth annual Frank Bianco Cup, an eight-man, one-night single-elimination heavyweight tournament.

This year 'King' Kiki Toa Leutele 4-0-1 (3) claimed the crown with TKO victories over Casper Turner 1-1 (1) and Brett Jeffrey 3-1 (2) before going the three-round distance against Christian Ndzie Tsoye 2-1 (1) in the final, winning by split decision.

While it is unlikely to produce a future world heavyweight champion, the Frank Bianco Cup remains must-see viewing on the increasingly crowded Australian boxing calendar.

Natural lightweight Deedee 'The Silencer' Hobbs 7-0 (5) once again proved her willingness to take on all comers, stepping up three weight classes to demolish the previously unbeaten Aimee Addis 4-1 in a single round at the Famous Fortitude Gym in the Brisbane suburb of Newstead on Saturday 28 July.

The slightly-built Hobbs wasted no time in getting to work, landing a hard right hand that sent Addis crashing to the canvas early in the opening frame. The Townsville boxer was allowed to continue but it didn’t take long before the referee stepped in to stop the carnage, awarding the 30-year-old Hobbs the victory at 0:34 along with the vacant Australian junior middleweight title.

Hobbs is hoping to be back in action in Brisbane in September before returning to her natural weight class to face Commonwealth lightweight champion Anisha Basheel 8-5 (8) for the WBC Silver title in November. The 20-year-old Malawi boxer recovered from five straight losses to begin her pro career to win eight fights in a row by stoppage.

Over in Perth, Western Australia lightweight Brandon Ogilvie 20-2-1 (10) returned to the ring for the first time in a year to score a six-round unanimous decision over Indonesian Rusmin Kie Raha 15-16-3 (3) at Metro City, Northbridge on Friday 27 July.

Also on the card junior middleweight Jamie Weetch 12-2 (5) scored a first-round knockout of Rocky Alap Alap 5-17-2 of Indonesia.

Australian super bantamweight champion Luke Boyd 5-0 (5) needed less than a round to defeat Thailand’s Tanawat Phonnaku 31-11-1 (19) at the Roma Function Centre in Liverpool, Sydney on Friday 6 July, winning by KO at 0:57 of the first.

On the undercard junior middleweight Ty Telford 4-0 (1) won a competitive points decision over crafty Kiwi southpaw Ruben Webster 8-2 over eight rounds with scores of 77-75, 77-75 and 78-75.

Heavyweight Willis Meehan 6-0 (5) knocked out Jonasa Kavika 3-1 (2) of Fiji in the second round of their scheduled eight-round bout. The 22-year-old southpaw is the son of former world heavyweight title challenger Kali Meehan, who was unlucky not to defeat Lamon Brewster in a battle for the WBO crown in 2004.

Troy O’Meley 7-0 (2) claimed the vacant New South Wales junior middleweight title with an eight round unanimous decision win over Ray Ingram 1-10-1 at NEX in Newcastle West on Friday 20 July. Scores were 77-75 twice and 79-73.

Junior welterweight Blake Minto 11-1-2 (2) had to settle for a six-round majority draw against Luke Howlett 0-3-2 on the undercard in a fight contested at welterweight.

Cruiserweight Matthew Davoren 7-0 (4) went ten rounds for the first time in his career, pitching a shutout on all three judges’ scorecards against Suthat Kalalek 12-9 (11) of Thailand to claim the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental title at the Paddington RSL Club in Paddington, Sydney on Friday 27 July.

New Zealand-born, Australian-based junior middleweight Alex Hanan 7-0 (4) cruised to a six-round victory over Brisbane-based Thai journeyman Winai Tepthanee 0-6 winning by scores of 60-54 across the board at Club Punchbowl in Punchbowl, Sydney on Friday 27 July. It was Tepthanee’s second six-round loss in three weeks after losing to Tysinn Best at welterweight earlier in the month.