Aussie wrap-up for November
Anthony Cocks presents his expert round-up of all the action involving Australian boxers from November - a month that saw Trent Broadhurst bite off more than he could chew against Dmitry Bivol...
The 29-year-old Queenslander Trent Broadhurst 20-2 (12) had the opportunity of a lifetime in front of him when he challenged Russian Dmitry Bivol 12-0 (10) for the WBA light heavyweight championship at the Casino de Monte Carlo in Monte Carlo on 4 November.
As it turned out he bit off more than he could chew against former amateur standout who holds a reported record of 268-15 in the unpaid ranks.
Headlining the Matchroom Boxing card that was being televised live on HBO in the United States, Broadhurst was apparently unfazed by the challenge in front of him in the lead up to the fight.
“My manager was sort of chipping away at a few things, and this fight popped up,” Broadhurst told the Sydney Morning Herald. “We jumped at the opportunity. You’re never going to say no to a world title.”
In the fight itself Bivol proved why he is one of the hottest blue chip prospects going round. After stalking Broadhurst for much of the first round, the 26-year-old from Saint Petersburg lined up a straight right hand that caught Broadhurst on the point of the chin in the closing seconds of the opening stanza.
Broadhurst fell backwards to the canvas and referee Howard Foster didn’t bother to apply a count. He didn’t need to. The fight was over at 3:00 of the first round.
“Maybe the best punch of my career,” was Bivol’s assessment after the fight. “I like my right hand, it’s very strong.
“Everybody wants to see the knockout. I hope people enjoyed the fight and were excited.”
Big fights beckon for Bivol, while Broadhurst returns to the drawing board.
Halfway around the world on the same night former cruiserweight world title challenger Mark 'Bam Bam' Flanagan 23-5 (16) got back in the winner’s circle with a savage fourth-round knockout of Argentinian Pablo Matias Magrini 19-3-1 (15) in front of his hometown crowd at the Townsville Entertainment Centre in Townsville, Queensland.
The 27-year-old Flanagan was bouncing back from his unsuccessful challenge for the WBA cruiserweight title against Denis Lebedev in Russia last July. Flanagan appeared strangely subdued in that fight, but despite going down in the ninth round he managed to last until the final bell against the veteran southpaw puncher.
Magrini wasn’t so lucky as Flanagan looked to vent his frustration at having lost his world title shot. After dominating the first three rounds 'Bam Bam' lived up to his nickname, walking the 38-year-old South American into a brutal right uppercut that caught him on the sweet spot.
Magrini crumpled face first to the canvas, out cold.
“I just want a world title now,” Flanagan, who retained his WBA Oceania title, told his local paper the Townsville Bulletin. “I don’t need more belts in my house, I want a world title.”
On the same card fellow Townsville product Liam Paro 11-0 (7) cruised to a wide points decision over Perth-based Thai Komkit Chanawong 1-5 in a five-round welterweight contest. Scores were 50-44 and 50-45 twice.
Southpaw Paro was one of Jeff Horn’s main sparring partners ahead of his bombshell victory over multiple world champion and future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao in front of 51,000 spectators at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium in July.
Also on the nine-fight card, heavyweight Kurtis Pegoraro 103 (1) logged a split decision win over Barry Prior by scores of 40-37 twice and 37-39 for Prior. Meanwhile in his first fight in three years Townsville’s Jordan Gee-Hoy had to settle for a split draw over five rounds at junior middleweight against Queensland-based Thai Aphichat Koedchatturat 2-19-2. One judge had Gee-Hoy pitching a shutout 50-45 while another had him trailing 47-49 and the third had it even 48-48.
Former interim WBA junior flyweight champion Randy Petalcorin 28-2-1 (21) routed Oscar Raknafa 13-16 (5), blowing him out in the first round at the Malvern Town Hall in Malvern, Victoria on 10 November.
It was all one-way traffic as Petalcorin ambushed Raknafa from the opening bell, raking his body with a two-handed attack and throwing power shots to the head. Just before the bell to end the first round the 25-year-old Filipino southpaw threw a thumping left hand to the body that dropped the Indonesian journeyman hard.
Raknafa writhed in pain on the canvas in his own corner before eventually being helped to his feet and gingerly escorted from the ring. He was taken to the local Alfred Hospital as a precaution.
Raknafa came into the fight with a record of 1-13 in his last fourteen fights, although that surprisingly includes a 12-round split decision win over former world champion Muhammad Rachman just over a year earlier.
It was Petalcorin’s first fight in Australia since losing a disputed decision to Melbourne-based Tanzanian Omari Kimweri for the vacant WBC Silver flyweight title in April last year. Petalcorin is ranked IBF #3, WBC #9 and WBO #9 at junior flyweight.
Also on the Peter Maniatis card, Bentleigh’s Terry Tzouramanis 19-3-3 (3) was too strong for Ebrahim Jamasi 3-2, retaining his Victorian state junior welterweight title by majority decision 79-73, 78-74 and 76-76 over the Footscray southpaw.
Middleweight Emmanuel Carlos 5-0 (3) kept his unbeaten record intact with a comfortable eight round points victory over Aphichat Koedchatturat 2-19-2 to claim the vacant Victorian state 160-pound title. Scores were 79-73 and 78-74 twice.
Also on 10 November Kye 'Mr Frenzy' MacKenzie 18-1 (15) claimed the interim WBA Oceania and interim WBO Asia Pacific lightweight titles with a near shutout victory over Kiwi Nort Beauchamp 15-2 (3) over ten one-sided rounds at the Cronulla Leagues Club in Cronulla, Sydney NSW. MacKenzie won by scores of 100-90 and 100-91 twice.
The full WBA Oceania lightweight title is held by WBA #6 and WBO #14 George 'Ferocious' Kambosos Jr who currently holds a record of 13-0 (7). A clash between these two outspoken Sydneysiders would be welcomed by fight fans.
On the same Jeff Potauaine-promoted card full-time rugby league player and part-time boxer Paul Gallen upped his ledger to 8-0 (4) with a six-round unanimous decision win over Fijian debutant Puna Rasaubale by scores of 60-53, 59-53 and 59-54.
After the fight Gallen announced this was his last professional bout unless he can get code-hopping superstar and fellow part-time boxer Sonny Bill Williams 7-0 (3) in the ring.
Toowoomba-based Filipino Jack 'The Assassin' Asis 38-20-5 (19) beat a tough field to win the Super 8 welterweight knockout tournament at Rumours International in Toowoomba, Queensland on 25 November.
The Brendon Smith-promoted show pitted eight 147-pounders against each other in a series of 3x3-minute round fights.
In the quarter-finals Asis defeated Luke Woods 4-1 (1) by majority decision, Jason Kanofski 21-8-4 (3) won by unanimous decision over Mick Shaw 27-18-4 (8), former interim WBO lightweight champion Michael Katsidis 33-8 (24) won a split decision over Robert 'Gummy' Toomey 14-10 (6), and Jamie Hilt 8-3-1 decisioned Ya Jie Ding 3-3-1 of China.
In the semi-finals Asis scored another MD against Kanofski 30-27, 29-29 and 29-28, while Hilt got past Katsidis via split decision scores of 29-28, 30-27 and 28-29.
In the final, Asis dominated Hilt, dropping him twice and stopping him on a cut in the opening round. The 34-year-old’s victory in the Super 8 contest is all the more impressive considering he is a natural 130-pounder.
Asis has been on a tear in recent years, going 17-2-1 (9) in his last 20 fights, including wins over former world title challenger Nestor Rocha and current lightweight contender Kye MacKenzie for the IBO super featherweight title. The 34-year-old has proven himself a dangerous opponent to anyone from 130 to 147 pounds.
At Seagulls Rugby League Club in Tweed Heads NSW on 18 November, Sam Williams 4-4-3 and Luke Toope 3-2-1 battled it out to a hard-fought split draw over eight rounds for the vacant New South Wales state lightweight title. The same card saw Nick Ariel 3-0-1 (1) claim the vacant New South Wales state light heavyweight title with an eight round split decision victory over Josh Frederiksen 5-1-2 (5) by scores of 78-74, 77-75 and 75-77.
Welterweight Ben Kite 10-4-1 (4) was too good for Michael Bagley 1-2-1 (1), dropping him in the second and stopping him in the fifth round of a scheduled eight at the Famous Fortitude Gym in Newstead, Queensland on 11 November. Super middleweight Reuben Aiono 8-1-1 (2) decisioned Sydney-based Fijian Lui Guivalu 1-3-1 (1) over six rounds by scores of 59-55 across the board.
Chris Hamilton moved to 9-1 (4) in a middleweight four rounder against Alex Brunetta 1-3 by scores of 40-36 twice and 38-38. It is Hamilton’s second fight back since July 2005.
In Tasmania welterweight Luke Woods 4-1 (1) scored a four-round shutout over Paitoon Jaikom 7-36 (2) at the Devonport Recreation & Sports Centre on 11 November. Fighting at lightweight Jackson Woods 3-0 (3) kept his KO streak alive with a first-round TKO of Jordan Reid 0-2.
Finally, cruiserweight Mathew Freshney 2-4 won by unanimous decision over Melbourne’s Cliff Chamberlain Jr 1-4 (1) by scores of 39-37 from all three judges.