Horn: Welterweights Head Honcho
Jeff Horn kept his undefeated record alive and asserted himself as the country’s top Welterweight with a strong performance over Rivan Cesaire at Gold Coast’s Jupiter’s Hotel and Casino on Wednesday night.
Horn began the rematch looking much improved from their August 2013 match. He landed with strong, powerful jabs, one which even put Cesaire on the deck in the opening round. After two rounds the 26 year old former Olympian seemed to have Cesaire’s measure.
Cameroon born Cesaire would begin to find success with slick counters as Horn moved in, but it was obvious he lacked the power to trouble Horn, who continued to walk straight through with relentless pressure and work rate.
Approaching the 7th round, somewhere Horn has previously never been, he was well ahead on the scorecards and looked as though the distance would not affect him.
In the 9th round of the scheduled 12, Cesaire collapsed to the canvas with a suspected shoulder dislocation. The ref counted Cesaire out and signalled the end of the contest. The TKO victory gives Horn the WBO Oriental title and his record improves to 7-0-1, 6KOs.
Tupou Too Strong For American
The Fox Sports undercard seen Heavyweight Bowie Tupou score a 6th round TKO victory over American Nick Guivas.
Tupou having just his 2nd fight in Australia since returning from a long stint in the United States was in complete control through the duration of the bout without exerting maximum effort.
The giant 123kg Tupou cruised through the opening rounds, putting Guivas on the mat in the 3rd round.
The 5th round would see the American once again crumble to the canvas after a thunderous body shot. Tupou, who was on his final warning for low blows, then landed another shot to the body which folded Guivas in half. Referee Phil Austin deemed this one to be below the belt and deducted a point from Tupou.
The 6th seen Guivas go down again, he was able to answer the count, but after a Tupou combination connected shortly after, referee had seen enough and stopped the contest. Tupou improves to 24-3, 17KOs.
Hooper Defeats Tough Korean
Damien Hooper improves his record to 7-0, but has been given the toughest test of his young career, going the distance for the first time in a 6 round bout against Korean Young-Don Um.
After 2 rounds, spectators thought the Korean was a lamb waiting to get slaughtered as Hooper stalked and picked him apart. The 3rdround would however see Um shock everybody, most of all Hooper. He landed a punch that knocked the mouthpiece out and seemed to daze the Olympic representative.
From round 3 onwards, Hooper seemed intent on brawling with the Korean. While he possessed superior attack, landing shot after shot to his opponent, defensively the 22 year old was able to be caught by southpaw Um.
Um showed great ability to absorb punishment while continuing his own attack, this along with his showmanship had the crowd applauding a very entertaining fight.
Scorecards showed Hooper was well on top throughout the contest, reading 59-55, 59-55, 60-54. He however ended the fight with cuts above both eyes and was taken immediately to hospital where he received 6 stitches.
Casboult Crashes Ramirez’ Party
In another 6 round matchup, Mark Ramirez was looking to claim a victory on his 32nd birthday, young gun Matt Casboult, 20, had different ideas.
Casboult showed plenty of skill on his way to outpointing the more experienced Ramirez. Scorecards read 59-55, 58-56, 60-54. Caboult moves to 4-0, 1KO.
In the opening fight, Heavyweights James Porter and Marco Monarco went head to head for 4 rounds. Porter claimed a majority decision victory with scores of 39-37, 38-38, 39-37.