Aussie wrap-up for October
October was an incredibly busy month for Aussie boxing, with no less than nine world-ranked boxers in action all across the country, including super flyweight history maker Andrew Moloney... Anthony Cocks rounds up all the action...
Andrew 'The Monster' Moloney 15-0 (10) made history on Saturday 21 October when he became the first Australian boxer to win both Commonwealth Games gold and a professional Commonwealth boxing title.
Fighting on a Hosking Promotions tripleheader that also featured his twin brother Jason, the WBA number seven super flyweight needed just four rounds to dismantle Tanzanian Hashimu Zuberi 13-2 (3) at the Melbourne Park Function Centre in Melbourne, Victoria.
Moloney dropped Zuberi with a right cross late in the second round and punished the 21-year-old visitor for the remainder of the fight until referee Ignatius Missailidis stepped to save him from any further punishment.
"Both of these belts mean a lot to me," said Moloney after the fight. "I believe I’m the first Australian to win Commonwealth titles in the amateurs and pros.
"He was a tough opponent and that’s exactly what we wanted. Tougher and tougher opponents so that I’m ready when I get a shot at that world title."
It was the first defence of Moloney’s WBA Oceania title and his second fight at 115lbs after competing as a bantamweight for his first 13 professional fights.
Jason 'The Smooth One' Moloney 15-0 (12) needed just 178 seconds to get the job done against Julias Kisarawe 27-5-1 (14) of Tanzania to claim the WBA Oceania bantamweight title left vacant when his bother Andrew moved down in weight.
A big right hand did the damage and Kisarawe was counted out just before the bell to end the first round.
“I want to give a big thanks to my trainer Angelo Hyder for that one,” said Jason in the ring after the fight. “We have worked on that punch for hours in the gym and to pull it off here tonight makes me very happy.”
WBA number nine Jason was following his brother’s lead by dropping down a division after starting his pro career as a 122-pounder.
Also on the card Ibrahim 'La Bala' Balla 13-1 (7) overcame a nasty cut over his left eye caused by an early head clash to outpoint awkward Tanzanian Salim Mtango 9-1 (6) by scores of 99-91, 96-94 and 98-92 over ten rounds for the vacant WBA Oceania featherweight title.
“We got nice and nasty in there with a couple of head clashes but it’s all part of the game and we’ve just got to push through it,” said Balla.
Sydney cruiserweight prospect Jai Opetaia 13-0 (10) overpowered American Frankie Lopez 9-1 (7), sending him crashing to the canvas with the first solid southpaw left cross he landed to claim the vacant IBF Youth title. Although Lopez beat the count he was battered from pillar to post until trainer Virgil Hill threw in the towel with Opetaia awarded the victory at the 2:55 mark of the opening round.
On Saturday 14 October WBO number seven junior middleweight Dennis 'Hurricane' Hogan 26-1-1 (7) pitched a virtual shutout over Japanese veteran Yuki Nonaka 31-9-3 (10) in the headline fight on DDP Sports' maiden promotion at the Convention & Exhibition Centre in Brisbane, Queensland.
The 32-year-old Hogan, originally from County Kildare in Ireland, was in control for the entire bout and never allowed WBO number eight Nonaka to get into the fight. It was the second successful defence of Hogan’s WBO Oriental title.
On the same show former world heavyweight title challenger Alex 'The Lionheart' Leapai 31-7-3 (25) had his first fight in almost two-and-a-half years, scoring a third-round TKO of New Zealand’s Thomas Peato 2-6. Peato was down prior to the stoppage.
Former world ranked super middleweight Rohan Murdock 20-1 (15) made a successful return to the ring after a year on the sidelines due to injuries to defeat Tanzanian Said Mbelwa 43-25-5 (28) by TKO3. Referee Phil Austin saved Mbelwa from further punishment after a barrage of unanswered punches.
Earlier in the night heavyweight Herman 'The Herminator' Ene Purcell 13-7 (7) needed just under two rounds to knock out veteran John Szigeti 10-4 (5), who was counted out by referee Paul Tapley at 2:59.
In Sydney on Sunday 22 October Star City Casino hosted the inaugural 'Johnny Lewis Ultimate Fight Night' under the patronage of the Hall of Fame trainer.
Topping the stacked card Commonwealth welterweight champion Kris George 13-1 (7) took six rounds to stop game challenger Jack Brubaker 13-2-1 (7) on a cut eye in a competitive fight. At the time of the stoppage two judges had George ahead 48-47 while the dissenting judge had Brubaker sweeping all rounds 50-46.
George won the Commonwealth title with a shock 12-round unanimous decision win over highly fancied Cameron Hammond last November.
In other action former WBC super middleweight champion Sakio 'The Scorpion' Bika 34-7-3 (22) continued his comeback with a 12-round decision win over Serb Geard Ajetovic 31-17-1 (16). Bika’s rugged aggressiveness cost him two points for low blows but it was all academic when the final gong sounded, winning by scores of 118-108 twice and 117-109 and picking up the vacant WBC Silver International title.
WBA number 12 junior welterweight Darragh Foley 13-2 (8) had a solid hit-out against Japan’s Ryuji Hachimitsu Ikeda 12-4-2 (8) to win by technical decision in eight after an accidental head clash opened a severe cut on Ikeda’s head. The lanky southpaw, who hails from Dublin but has fought his entire pro career out of Australia, was ahead by scores of 70-63 twice and 69-64.
With the win Foley adds the interim WBC Asian Boxing Council title and vacant WBO Oriental title to the WBA Oceania crown at 140-pounds that he was defending on the night.
In his first title fight junior middleweight Tim Tszyu 7-0 (5) had to overcome an early gut-check to claim the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental against southpaw Wade Ryan 14-6 (3) over twelve rounds. Tszyu was dropped in the opening stanza but battled his way back into the fight and regained control to win by scores of 97-92, 97-93 and 95-94.
Beijing Olympian Luke Boyd 4-0 (4) kept his perfect record intact with a TKO6 of Robert Trigg 2-1-1 to win his first national title at super bantamweight. Boyd had won all five completed rounds at the time of the stoppage.
Headlining a Big Time Boxing promotion at the Melbourne Pavilion on Friday 13 October slick-boxing southpaw Blake 'Il Capo' Caparello 26-2-1 (10) continued his KO run with a third round TKO of Fabiano Pena 15-9-1 (11) of Mexico to retain his WBA Oceania light heavyweight title. Pena failed to make weight.
The WBC number nine and WBA number 14 has now scored four knockouts in a row since losing on points to American Andre Dirrell, the current interim IBF super middleweight champion, at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA in April last year.
In his Melbourne debut WBA number six lightweight George 'Ferocious' Kambosos Jr 13-0 (7) boxed his way to an early lead against Thai Krai Setthaphon 25-3 (16) before dropping him once in the eighth and another three times in the ninth forcing the stoppage at 1:59 of the penultimate round. Kambosos was leading 80-71 on all three scorecards at the time of the stoppage.
Kambosos was coming off a ten-round unanimous decision in May over local rival Qamil Balla who was unbeaten at 11-0-1 going in to the fight.
Fighting just above the super featherweight limit Sydney’s 'Aussie' Joel Brunker 32-2 (18) won by unanimous decision over six against Thai southpaw Khamron Klaphaisan 19-2 (14). The WBA’s number nine ranked featherweight won by scores of 60-54 and 58-56 twice.
Former world champion Susie 'Q' Ramadan 27-2 (12) was too classy for Sumalee Tongpootorn 8-7-1. Ramadan, ranked WBA number one and WBC number eight at super flyweight, had Thailander Tongpootorn down prior to the second-round stoppage.
Also in action Joel Camilleri 14-4-1 (7) had to settle for an eight-round majority draw against Yao Yi Ma 15-2-1 (10) in a fast-paced and entertaining fight for the vacant Victorian state junior middleweight title. A rematch would be welcomed.
Super middleweight Jake Carr 15-1 (5) was dropped in the first round by Quintin Carey 3-3 (1) but got his payback later in the fight with interest by sending the 21-year-old Queenslander to the canvas in the fourth and sixth rounds. Carr won the six rounder on points 58-53 and 58-54 twice.
Exactly one week earlier at the same venue Big Time Boxing presented the long-awaited heavyweight showdown between 6-foot-6 Ipswich southpaw Demsey McKean 11-0 (5) and New Zealand-born, Gold Coast-based Willie 'Wild Bill' Nasio 10-3 (9) for the coveted Australian heavyweight crown.
After a couple of false starts in putting the fight together there was a lot of bad blood between the two camps. It was McKean who got the last laugh though, stopping Nasio in the sixth round with his deadly left cross.
In an upset former WBA number three junior welterweight Czar Amonsot 34-4-3 (22) was shockingly knocked out in the third round by unheralded Paraguayan Carlos Manuel Portillo 21-0 (16). Despite his undefeated record, Portillo had never defeated a boxer with a winning record. In fact, of his 21 wins more than half came against debutants and the cumulative record of all his previous opponents going in to the fight was 17-80-7.
Amonsot is perhaps best known for his bloody 12-round war with a prime Michael Katsidis for the interim WBO lightweight title a decade ago televised live on HBO PPV in the USA on the undercard of Bernard Hopkins vs Winky Wright.
Amonsot has since been dropped from the WBA rankings and replaced at number three by his conqueror Portillo.
On Friday 13 October super featherweight Paul 'Showtime' Fleming 23-0 (16) punched his ticket for Knockout of the Year with a stunning second-round KO of Tanzania’s Sadiki Momba 25-9-3 (11) at the Emporium Function Centre in Bankstown, Sydney, NSW on a JNI Promotions card.
The 29-year-old southpaw, who represented Australia as a featherweight at the Beijing Olympics, hit Momba with a left to the body followed by a looping left to the jaw that made the visitor sway involuntarily before toppling over like an old oak in the forest.
On the same card Dylan Emery 19-1 (12) scored a fourth-round TKO over Tanzanian Karim Migea 12-4 (6) in a fight contested at welterweight. Emery’s only professional loss came against Kye 'Mr Frenzy' MacKenzie 17-1 (15) in a clash of the Australian junior welterweight crown in December of last year.
Also at welterweight Youssef Dib 9-0 (4) outpointed Amos Mwamakula 15-8-2 (7) over six by scores of 60-53, 60-54 and 59-54. Youssef is the younger brother of former IBF featherweight world champion Billy 'The Kid' Dib.
Homerun-hitter Bilal Akkawy 15-0-1 (13) was too powerful for Argentine Carlos Adan Jerez 45-21-3 (18) at Club Punchbowl in Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW on Saturday 21 October, stopping him in the third round of the Neutral Corner promoted show.
With the win Akkawy claims the vacant WBA Oceania super middleweight title previously held by Melbourne’s Jayde Mitchell 15-1 (8). A much-discussed match-up between the two domestic fighters is expected to happen next year, but prior to that Akkawy is expected to be back in the same ring again in early December.
Also on the card Irish-born Sydneysider Gearoid Clancy 8-5 (2) took a points win over eight rounds at junior welterweight against Wanphichit Siriphana 2-3 of Thailand.
At Wests City Club in Newcastle on the NSW North Coast on Saturday 28 October local drawcard Blake Minto 10-1-1 (2) won a comfortable ten-round decision over Roy Tua Manihuruk 19-18-2 (15) of Indonesia in a junior welterweight contest.
Also on the Richard Fogarty-promoted card Eddie Dos Santos 6-4-2 outboxed southpaw Michael Upton 5-3-1 (1) over eight rounds to win the New South Wales state welterweight title by scores of 78-74, 78-73 and 77-75.
Welterweight Kyron Dryden 10-1 (8) had an easy time against the mysteriously named “Shiva” 6-1 (2) of India scoring a TKO in the third.
This article was corrected on 6 November to correct the erroneous statement that George Kambosos Jr missed weight. This error was a consequence of incorrect information posted on Boxrec after a print error on the commission's sheets, which was later rectified. We apologise for this error and would like to make it clear that Kambosos Jr made weight as required.