Aussie wrap-up: 'The Monster' snares interim title

Anthony Cocks
06/12/2019 9:45pm

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Anthony Cocks' latest Aussie wrap-up is headlined by an interim WBA title victory for Andrew 'The Monster' Moloney, while Anthony Mundine's career appears to have finally drawn to a close...

Andrew ‘The Monster’ Moloney 21-0 (14) claimed the vacant WBA interim super flyweight title with an eighth-round stoppage of Elton Dharry 24-6-1 (14) at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne, Victoria on Friday 15 November.

Moloney started well to edge the first four frames but Dharry rallied in the fifth to rock the local fighter with a right uppercut.

Trainer Angelo Hyder admonished his fighter between rounds. “You tried to knock him out,” he said. “You didn’t listen to me, you disrespected him.”

Moloney regained his composure in the sixth, systematically targeting the Brooklyn-based Guyanese’s right eye until it began to close.

The 28-year-old Australian continued to dish out the punishment for the next two rounds until the ringside physician halted the contest between the eighth and ninth rounds of the scheduled ten-round bout.

Scores at the time of stoppage were 78-74 and 79-93 twice, all for Moloney.

“This is unbelievable. This has been so many years of hard work and sacrifices for this moment,” Moloney said after the fight.

“I can’t believe it, it’s finally happened. It still hasn’t sunk in yet, I still think I’m dreaming, because I’ve dreamt it so many times.

“I’m my toughest critic and I’m not really that happy with the fight, but I’m world champion.”

Moloney added: “He’s a tough, tough man. World titles don’t come easy, and I was expecting a tough fight, and that’s what he gave me. Thank you, Elton.”

WBA 115lbs champion Kal Yafai 26-0 (15) remains on the radar for Moloney.

“Bring on Yafai. I’ve been chasing him for a long time now. Let’s make it happen,” he said.

On the same card bantamweight contender Jason ‘The Smooth One’ Moloney 20-1 (17) needed just two rounds to knockout Dixon Flores 16-7-3 (5) in their ten-round contest.

The 25-year-old Nicaraguan came into the fight ranked number nine by the WBA, but he simply had no answer to Moloney’s powerful assault.

“I wasn’t expecting to knock Flores out so early,” Moloney said to Fightnews. “He was rated number 9 in the world and was coming off an impressive win so I was expecting a really tough fight.

“However, my power is something which we are continually working on and it has really improved a huge amount.

“I think that if I land something clean that I’m capable of knocking out anyone in my division and that’s exactly what happened.”

Jai Opetaia 19-0 (15) cemented his claim as the best cruiserweight in the country with an impressive eighth-round knockout of former world title challenger Mark ‘Bam Bam’ Flanagan 24-8 (17) at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, New South Wales on Saturday 16 November.

The 24-year-old southpaw, who is ranked in the top 15 by all four major sanctioning bodies, controlled much of the action, dropping Flanagan in rounds three and seven.

With Flanagan absorbing more punishment in the eighth, his corner wisely retired him between rounds. The 29-year-old has announced his retirement following an outstanding career.

At welterweight Darragh Foley 18-4-1 (9) had to pick himself up off the canvas in the first round before going on to outpoint Filipino James Bacon 23-4 (15) over eight rounds.

All three judges awarded Foley the victory with scores of 78-75, 77-74 and 77-74.

Muay Thai legend John Wayne Parr 11-3 (10) returned to boxing for the first time in 16 years to end the career of Anthony Mundine 48-10 (28) at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane, Queensland on Saturday 30 November.

The 43-year-old fight veteran was clearly the fresher of the two, applying pressure from the opening bell and knocking down Mundine, 44, in the fourth. The eighth round saw Mundine docked a point for hitting to the back of the head.

As Parr began to fade in the later rounds Mundine had more success but it was too little, too late to get the nod on the judges’ scorecards after 10 rounds.

Judges Phil Gregory and Rodney March both scored the bout for Parr by scores of 96-93 and 95-93 respectively, while judge Paul Williams awarded the fight to Mundine 95-94.

In other action junior middleweight Ben Mahoney 9-0 (5) stopped Indonesia’s John Ruba 19-7-1 (10) in the third round of their scheduled ten-round contest.

WBO number two ranked junior welterweight Liam ‘The Prodigy’ Paro 18-0 (11) went ten rounds for the third straight time as he scored a unanimous decision win over Hwang Kil Kim 11-2 (5) at Eatons Hill Hotel in Brisbane, Queensland on Friday 8 November.

The 23-year-old southpaw didn’t have it all his own way though as the South Korean applied constant pressure and maintained a high workrate from the first bell until the last. The judges rewarded Paro for his cleaner, more effective punches with scores of 98-93, 98-92 and 98-92.

“It was a tough fight and both boys showed a tremendous work rate throughout the 10 rounds,” said Paro’s trainer Alfie DiCarlo.

“The Korean applied relentless pressure for the whole fight and Liam was required to dig deep to fend off the continual advances of the Korean.

“In the end, the cleaner shots by Liam were the difference and his ability to keep turning the Korean around… I think sometime in 2020 we will get a [world title] shot, more than likely with the WBO first up.”

IBF number 13 lightweight contender Jacob ‘The Flamingo’ Ng 13-0 (10) dominated Krai Setthaphon 29-5 (19) for an early stoppage in their planned ten-round bout.

The normally durable Thai boxer wilted under Ng’s swarming pressure attack, finding himself on the canvas once in the second round and three times in the third before referee Phillip Holiday ended the carnage at the 2:36 mark.

Junior welterweight Justin Frost 10-0-1 (3) claimed the vacant national crown with a ten-round unanimous decision victory over Jackson Woods 4-1 (4) by scores of 100-91, 96-94 and 98-93.

WBC number nine rated super middleweight Jayde ‘J-Mitch’ Mitchell 20-1 (10) proved too classy for Russian Stanislav Kashtanov 36-5 (21) claiming a ten-round points victory at the Wantirna Basketball Centre in Melbourne, Victoria on Saturday 23 November.

Judges Wayne Ashdown and Andrew Campbell handed in identical scores of 98-92, while judge Brett Manton saw it slightly closer at 96-94.

Middleweight Isaac Hardman 6-0 (5) stopped Argentinean Juan Adrian Monzon 8-3-3 (7) in the second round of their eight-round contest.

Former world rated lightweight Kye ‘Mr Frenzy’ MacKenzie 21-2 (17) reversed his loss to Francis ‘The Removalist’ Chua 7-1-1 (3) with a ten-round unanimous decision victory at St Marys Band Club in Sydney, New South Wales on Saturday 9 November.

The 27-year-old MacKenzie was awarded the win by scores of 97-93, 96-94 and 96-94.

MacKenzie was ranked WBO number two at 135-pounds ahead of his shock loss to southpaw Chua over six rounds in November last year. This was his first bout since the defeat.

At super bantamweight Luke Boyd 8-0 (8) needed just 0:37 to knockout Jon Jon Jet 10-1 (8) of Indonesia in a bout slated for ten rounds.

Cruiserweight Ben Sila 9-0 (6) stopped Victor Oganov 32-8 (30) at 1:59 of the eighth and final round of their bout. Sila was leading 70-63, 70-64 and 70-63 at the time of the stoppage.

Junior welterweight Jamie Hilt 11-4-1 (1) scored a ninth-round technical decision victory over Cairo George 18-2 (10) of New Zealand at Rumours International in Toowoomba, Queensland on Saturday 2 November.

The ringside physician advised referee Alan Simpson to halt the fight at 1:03 of the ninth round after a cut to George from an accidental headclash was deemed too severe to continue. Hilt was up on all three cards at the time of the stoppage by scores of 87-84, 89-82 and 87-86.

Junior welterweight Steve Sparks 9-1 (9) made short work of James MacDonald 11-4-1 (6) stopping him at 2:57 of the first round of a scheduled ten-round bout. McDonald was down once before being saved from further punishment by the referee.

Australian lightweight champion Gaige Ireland 7-3-3 (4) retain his crown with a majority draw against Brent Rice 8-2-1 (2) at the Melbourne Pavilion in Melbourne, Victoria on Friday 22 November.

The 26-year-old southpaw was ahead 97-93 on one card while the other two cards were even at 95-95 apiece.

The fight was an immediate rematch of the pair’s July clash in Toowoomba that ended in the fourth-round due to a severe cut above Rice’s right eye. Rice was leading on the scorecards at the time of the stoppage.

Heavyweight Faiga Opelu 12-1-1 (9) picked up the vacant Australian title with a fifth-round knockout of southpaw Kris Terzievski 8-1-1 (7) in their 10-round bout.

Terzievski retired in corner at conclusion of round five. Opelu was leading 48-45, 47-46 and 48-45 at the time.

Junior middleweight Tayla Harris 7-0-1 (3) claimed the vacant Australian female title with a fourth-round stoppage of Janay Harding 1-5 (1) in their bout scheduled for eight two-minute rounds.

Australian Rules Football star Harris was trailing on two card 28-29 and leading on the third 29-28 when the fight was stopped at 0:58.

Super middleweight Ali Elrich 6-0-1 (4) edged Chase Haley 6-6-2 (2) by split decision over ten rounds at the Whitlam Leisure Centre in Sydney, New South Wales on Saturday 9 November.

Judges Kevin Hogan and Pat O’Connor had Elrich leading by 97-95 and 97-93 respectively, while judge Justin Kennedy had Haley up 95-94. The fight was a rematch of their 10-round split draw in July.

Southpaw Luke Woods 6-2 (2) handed Koen Mazoudier 6-1 (2) his first defeat in a junior middleweight contest over 10 heats.

Woods was awarded the majority decision win by scores of 97-93, 97-96 and 95-95.

Super middleweight Tyson Turner 5-1 (3) stopped Zac Cotten 1-6-1 (1) at 1:57 of the fifth round after Cotton’s corner threw in the towel. The bout was scheduled for eight frames.

Welterweight Danny Kennedy 9-1-1 (1) scored a razor-thin split decision victory over Adam Kaoullas 7-3 (3) at Club Punchbowl in Sydney, New South Wales on Saturday 16 November.

The scores for the ten-round bout were 96-93 Kennedy, 95-94 Kennedy and 96-95 Kaoullas.

New Zealand lightweight Shiva Mishra 4-3 (1) stopped Sydney-based Nigerian Nestor Bolum 10-2 (2) at 2:59 of the third-round of an eight-round bout.

Welterweight Jorge Kapeen 2-0 (1) defeated Dillon Bargero 5-10 (3) by fourth-round stoppage in their eight-round bout to claim the New South Wales state title at the Hellenic Club in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory on Friday 8 November.

Bargero was knocked down in rounds three and four before retiring on his stool at the end of the fourth heat.

Lightweight Tania Reid 2-2-1 beat Rachel Loder 5-1 (3) by majority decision over eight two-minute rounds at Seagulls Rugby League Club in Tweed Heads, New South Wales on Saturday 23 November.

Judge Brad Vocale had the fight 77-75, judge Shane Stamford saw it 78-74, while judge Ian Batty couldn’t split the pair at 76-76.

Super middleweight Adam Stowe 6-2-2 (4) stopped Bobby Antonakis 11-5-1 (3) during the third frame of an eight-rounder when the Antonakos corner threw in towel at 2:19.