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MLB Early Season Report Card

By Troy Martin

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Well, baseball is back for another season – and I for one couldn’t be happier. Now you may think I’m alone on this, but I’ve got 76000 close friends who share in my joy! But more on that later..

The regular season is almost through it’s first month (around 20 games played out of the 162 game schedule), and several key storylines have started to develop.

Here at Grid of Sports we’ll run down the news of the season so far, as well as a snapshot of the happenings in each division.

 

The Stories so far..

 

MLB back in Sydney after 100 years

Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 9.15.28 pmPrior to the Dodgers & Diamondbacks touching down in Sydney, there were questions raised about whether this year’s opening series would be a flop. Well, those questions were answered in emphatic fashion as 38000 screaming fans packed the SCG on both days.

We cheered, we booed, we caught foul balls, sang “Take me out to the ballgame”, and ate nachos out of a batting helmet. We saw why Clayton Kershaw was worth $300 million, and got to appreciate Australia’s past & present Major Leaguers. It was such a success that Major League Baseball have agreed to come back in 2018, and will be represented by none other than the storied New York Yankees.

 

Dropping like flies

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Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox

The list of top flight pitchers on the Disabled List (DL) is just jaw dropping. How’s this list for starters..

Clayton Kershaw (*)

Patrick Corbin (*)

Daniel Hudson (*)

Gavin Floyd

Kris Medlen (*)

Ryan Dempster

Chris Sale (*)

Mat Latos (*)

Brett Anderson (*)

Scott Feldman (*)

Luke Hocheaver

Matt Harvey (*)

Ivan Nova

Cole Hamels (*)

Josh Johnson (*)

Hisashi Iwakuma (*)

James Paxton

Taijuan Walker

Adam Wainwright (*)

Matt Moore (*)

Jeremy Helickson

Matt Harrison (*)

Tanner Scheppers (*)

Derek Holland

Doug Fister (*)

Now this isn’t every pitcher on the DL – not even close. But these are all quality Major League pitchers. Those with an asterisk (*) are their team’s #1 or #2 starter.

So what does this all mean?

Well, a couple of things. Some highly touted rookies will be put to the test earlier than expected. This could mean we see the emergence of the next Matt Harvey or Stephen Strasburg. But an early promotion could also give us the next Ben McDonald.

Who’s Ben McDonald you ask? Exactly.

Some names to keep an eye on this year include Matt Wisler (Padres), Eddie Butler (Rockies), and Archie Bradley (Diamondbacks).

We should also see a busier than usual trade market around the All-Star break.

The old saying holds true – you can never have too much pitching.

 

Play it again Ump

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Major League Baseball moved in line with other major sports by introducing instant replay in 2014. The reports so far are mixed, with the main complaint being that simple replays are taking up to 10 minutes to complete. For those already unhappy about the length of games this is more aggravation, but for the fans who just want the call right, it’s worth the wait.

 

Division Report

 

American League East

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Masahiro Tanaka

The Good – The Yankees (just..)

After years of being the most talent stacked division in baseball, there is currently a feeling of.. meh.. about the AL East. The Yankees off season acquisitions of McCann, Ellsbury & Tanaka have been enough for the Bronx Bombers to jump out to an early lead, but for how long?

Baltimore’s fairytale appears to be over, and the Jays still can’t seem to live up to their promise. I think when it’s all said & done – the Rays (if they can keep their pitchers healthy) will edge out the Yankees to win the division.

The Bad – Red Sox

Last year’s World Champions look like anything but in the early going, but should start to put things together soon. Jon Lester’s public contract discussions are an unwanted distraction, and the loss of Jacoby Ellsbury has left a hole that top prospect Jackie Bradley Jr hasn’t quite been able to fill.

 

American League Central

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Ian Kinsler

The Good – Detroit Tigers

Most teams are presently suffering through injury woes to key pitchers. No such problems for the Tigers, whose “Big Three” of Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer & Anibal Sanchez will ensure that the Motor City gets another post season appearance in 2014. Second Baseman Ian Kinsler, who was basically a throw in from the Prince Fielder trade to Texas has thrived in his new environment and has quickly become Detroit’s offensive catalyst.

The Bad – Minnesota Twins

The Twins have been bad. They were bad last year, they will continue to be bad this year. But much like the Pittsburgh Pirates, they figure to get really good – really fast.

With a farm system featuring baseball’s top prospect Byron Buxton, as well as Miguel Sano, Kohl Stewart & Alex Meyer, Minnesota’s faithful only have a couple of years to wait before they return to the glory days. In the mean time though, expect some pain..

 

American League West

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Sonny Gray

The Good – Oakland Athletics

What have we learned from the first month of the season? We’ve learned that the A’s are for real. Their production line of stellar young pitching continues to keep them at the top of the heap in the West. When Tommy Millone was sidelined with injury, longman Jessie Chavez emerged from the bullpen to make the rotation spot his own – pitching to a 1.38 ERA and striking out 28 and walking only 5 in 26 innings.

Sonny Gray has emerged as the staff Ace, and has been ably supported by Dan Straily, and comeback phenom Scott Kazmir.

The Angels are old, and shallow in pitching. Even the presence of baseball’s undisputed best player Mike Trout is not enough for them to contend. Texas also have too many question marks behind Yu Darvish, and after a promising start Seattle’s offense has once again become anemic.

The Bad – Houston Astros.

What did you expect, they’re the Astros..

Houston have scored an astonishing 60% of their runs via the long ball this year – a perfect reflection of a young team that is truly hit or miss (and unfortunately they are still mostly miss)

They have had the number one pick in the draft for the last couple of years, as well as having it this year (and probably next) so the rot won’t continue forever. But don’t expect a turnaround anytime soon.

 

National League East

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Bryce Harper

The Good – Atlanta Braves & Washington Nationals

As hard as I try, I just can’t split these two. Both teams have been decimated by early season injuries, but there is still daylight between them & the rest of the division. Atlanta have already had pitchers Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy & Mike Minor go down with injuries but have managed to open the season 13-7, mainly due to some stellar play on the road (8-4).

Washington have also had key players land on the DL including Ryan Zimmerman, Doug Fister, Wilson Ramos & Denard Span.

These injuries would usually open the door for another team to leapfrog into 1st place, but unfortunately for the Mets & Phillies the talent gap is presently too much.

The Bad – Miami Marlins

Fans in Florida are in a state of limbo at present with the constant cycle of “spend up big, then have a fire sale” still the norm in Miami. They refuse to trade their best player Giancarlo Stanton, yet they refuse to build around him. Stanton and 21 year old pitching phenom Jose Fernandez are bright spots in an otherwise dull Florida landscape.

 

National League Central

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Carlos Gomez

The Good – Milwaukee Brewers

Could they really do it? Could the Brew Crew come out of nowhere to unseat Pittsburgh? I think the answer is probably not, but they have been nothing if not fun to watch.

The offense has been electric behind emerging superstar Carlos Gomez and perennial All Star Ryan Braun, but the pitching has been absolutely stellar.

The Pirates, however should keep pace with them most of the way and then overtake them down the stretch.

The Cardinals have had pitching setbacks of their own, but can never be counted out, and the Reds are capable of keeping up with all three of the teams just mentioned.

This figures to be baseball’s most competitive division.

The Bad – Chicago Cubs

The new regime of Jed Hoyer & Theo Epstein have been quietly amassing some talent in the Windy City, but they’re not quite where they want to be. But with young players such as Mike Olt, Anthony Rizzo & Starlin Castro, the Cubbies could soon become relevant again. For now though, its another last place finish.

 

National League West

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Clayton Kershaw

The Good – Los Angeles Dodgers

The NL West has a history of really close division races. Usually because the competing teams are all really good, or all really bad. Lately though, the gap between the boys from Chavez Ravine and everyone else is as large as it’s been in some time. Under new ownership, headed by LA’s own Magic Johnson, the Dodgers have opened up their chequebook and declared that money is no object in their quest to bring a championship to LALA land. And who knows? This could just be the year..

The Giants are scrappy and will provide some resistance, but ultimately neither they nor the improving Padres will have what it takes to unseat the defending champions.

The (oh so) Bad – Arizona Diamondbacks

If the D-Backs 5-18 record doesn’t indicate how their season is going, then here’s a couple of quotes for you.

“Bad teams typically have some positivity and rays of hope. This is different.” – Pitcher Brandon McCarthy.

“I’ve been on teams that weren’t very good, but at least we were competitive” – Infielder Eric Chavez.

These aren’t young guys opening their mouths when they shouldn’t, these are two veterans who know precisely what they are saying.

Australian pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith was recently dropped from the Major League roster and chose the uncertainty of free agency rather than staying with an obviously dysfunctional team. Come season’s end some D-Backs players may wish they were in the same boat.

 

Fearless Predictions

It’s never too early for some clairvoyance, so here goes..

AL East: Tampa Bay

AL Central: Detroit

AL West: Oakland

AL Wildcard: New York Yankees

 

NL East: Washington

NL Central: Pittsburgh

NL West: Los Angeles

NL Wild Card: Atlanta

 

AL Champion: Detroit

NL Champion: Washington

 

World Series Winner: Washington Nationals

 

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Aussie Heavyweights Attempt To Make History

By Hayden Hooper

Lucas Browne v Eric Martel Bahoeli

browne v bahoeliJust before Alex Leapai does battle with Wladimir Klitschko, Australian Heavyweight Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne will be involved in his own bout with the possibility of breaking history.

Browne (19-0, 17KOs), faces Canadian Eric Martel Bahoeli (10-3, 7KOs) for the lucrative Commonwealth title at Sheffield’s Ponds Fordge Arena in the United Kingdom.

Not since the great Peter Jackson in 1892 has an Australian held the Commonwealth Heavyweight title.

Along with breaking the 122 year old drought, a victory could propel Browne, currently ranked #11 by the WBC, onto the world stage or possibly set up a mouth watering all Australian showdown with Leapai.

Promoted by former British world champion Ricky Hatton and having fought in the United Kingdom four times previous, ‘Big Daddy’ enters with a strong following.

The bout will be shown Live on Foxtel’s EuroSport channel at 6am Sunday morning.

Bribie Island Light Welterweight Ty Gilchrist will feature on the undercard.

Leapai v Klitschko

ImageAustralia’s Alex Leapai has been described as a real life Rocky ahead of his World Heavyweight title fight with Wladimir Klitschko.

The press conference also could have been mistaken for a scene straight out of a Rocky film, when former champion Shannon Briggs interrupted, Clubber Lang like, and begun to call out and taunt Klitschko.

The Ukrainian champion brushed off the brash America’s comments, but Leapai took offense when Briggs called him a ‘Bum’, and the Australian had to be restrained from approaching Briggs.

The Brisbane based slugger who holds a record of 30-4-3, 24KOs, is attempting to become the first ever Australian to capture a Heavyweight World title when he takes on the Ukrainian superstar at the Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen Germany, on Sunday morning Australian time.

Much like Rocky, he enters as huge underdog against WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF title holder Klitschko, whose record stands impressively at 61-3, 51Kos, and has not tasted defeat in a decade.

The fight will be broadcast Live on MainEvent PPV with proceedings to begin at 6 am and the title fight to begin at around 7 am Sunday morning.

Undercard will feature highly touted New Zealand heavyweight prospect Joseph Parker (7-0, 6KOs).

CLOTTEY CRUSHES MUNDINE

By Hayden Hooper

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It may have been a lopsided defeat against Anthony Mundine, but ‘The Man’ proved he’s not short on intestinal fortitude by getting off the canvas 5 times in Newcastle on Wednesday night.

Joshua Clottey entered the bout with a definitive size disadvantage, but from the opening bell it was the former Welterweight champion who looked the much stronger physically. At 38, Mundine, a former title holder at Super Middleweight (76.2kg) and Middleweight (72.5kg), looked physically drawn out at the Light Middleweight (69.9kg) division.

The Ghanian imposed his will on Mundine from the get go, establishing his left to the body early and walking forward with relentless pressure. Despite being inactive, having only fought twice since 2010, Clottey was able maintain the pressure throughout the entire 12 rounds.

Round 3 would see the first of the 5 knockdowns. While Mundine answered the count, he didn’t have an answer to Clottey’s attack. He went down again in round 6 from a crisp right uppercut, then again towards the end of the round and was lucky to be saved by the bell.

Mundine found himself on the deck again in round 8 and once more in round 10 from a left hook.

Whilst Mundine sit in his corner after round 10, his trainers threatened to stop the fight.  Mundine pleaded for them to allow him to continue. Courageously Mundine was able to survive the final 2 rounds and make it to the closing bell.

The three ringside judges scored the contest 116-108, 115-109 and 117-108. Clottey becomes the new WBA International Light Middleweight champion, his record improves to 38-4, 22KOs.

Mundine’s record falls to 46-6, 27KOs and a question mark now lay over his career.

Pitt Dealt First Defeat

David Aloua has handed Brad Pitt his first career defeat with a 4th round TKO in their much anticipated Cruiserweight matchup.

Pitt came out looking confident with fast hands, but Aloua used a very smart and defensive game plan against the dangerous puncher.

While Pitt pressured for the opening 3 rounds, bloodying Aloua’s nose, the New Zealand born Aloua seemed content on sitting back and waiting for Pitt to make a mistake.

Round 4 would see Aloua capitalise and land a right hand that sent Pitt crashing to the floor. It looked as though Pitt was in no shape to continue, but referee allowed the contest to carry on after a mandatory count. Aloua rushed straight back in and finished the unsteady Pitt to claim the OPBF, WBO Asia Pacific and WBA Pan African belts.

Aloua improves to 11-1, 8KOs and a matchup between the winner of Daniel Ammann and Mark Flanagan could be a high possibility. Pitt’s record now stands at 15-1 12KOs.

Also on the undercard

2012 Olympian Cameron Hammond cruised to a 6 round decision victory over late replacement Promool Boonpok with all scorecards reading 60-54.

Renold Quinlan scored a 4th round KO against his replacement opponent Dechapon Suwunnalird.

Ahmed Dib faced showman Dennapa Bigshotcamp, scoring a 2nd round TKO in what commentator Barry Michael described as a flop.

George Kambosos Jr proved much to tough for Thongthai Rajanondh, stopping him in the 1st round with a body shot.

 

You can read more of Hayden’s work at: ChatterBoxing

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MUNDINE V CLOTTEY

By Hayden Hooper

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Anthony Mundine (46-5, 27KOs) continues his march towards a WBA title shot, as he takes on New York based Ghanaian Joshua Clottey (37-4, 22KOs) at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre tomorrow night on MainEvent PPV.

Mundine, 38, has expressed interest in facing Cuba’s interim WBA champion Erislandy Lara, or a big money fight with WBA champion and pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr.

With Mundine currently ranked #3 by the WBA, these matchups could begin to become a possibility, should he get past Clottey on Wednesday night.

However, Clottey, 36, comes to Australia as a former IBF Welterweight champion, looking to put himself back into the mix of a world title fight after being inactive over the past 3 years.

Although having fought just twice since 2010, once in 2011, then after a two year absence, in September of 2013, Clottey says he has never stopped training and insists he is ready.

Clottey’s only 4 losses have come at the hands of world champions Carlos Baldomir, Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao and also holds notable wins over Diego Corrales and Zab Judah.

The undercard features a stack of domestic talent and a mouthwatering semi main event between top Australian Cruiserweights Brad Pitt (15-0, 12Kos) and David Aloua (10-1, 7KOS), which many enthusiasts believe could steal the show.

Pitt, a 2008 Olympic representative and former Australian title holder has been inactive of late, fighting just once since 2012. However, Pitt impressed in his February return with a stunning 1stround knockout on the Daniel Geale v Garth Wood undercard.

Aloua, a New Zealand born Commonwealth Games representative has been impressive himself recently, scoring two stoppage victories since suffering his first career defeat to Australian Champion Daniel Ammann.

2012 Olympian Cameron ‘The Hammer’ Hammond (8-0 4KOs) and Renold Quinlan (7-0, 3KOs) were both set to feature, unfortunately their opponents have pulled out, reasons still to be confirmed. Replacement opponents are being worked on.

Also on the card is New South Wales Light Middleweight champion Ahmed Dib (12-0, 7KOs) and Lightweight George Kambosos Jr (4-0, 2KOs) facing Thai opponents, and Super Middleweight Bilal Akkaway (9-0, 8KOs) against Brian Olman.

 

You can read more of Hayden’s work at: ChatterBOXing

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Fox Sports Wednesday Night Fights Results

By Hayden Hooper ( @Hoopaman18 )

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.

GEALE PUNISHES WOOD

By Hayden Hooper ( @Hoopaman18 )

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 Photo by Louie Abigail

After all the pre fight animosity, Daniel Geale puts on a completely dominant performance to force Garth Wood into submission after 6 one sided rounds at Sydney’s Horden Pavilion.

Wood tried his best to upset Geale with hostility in the lead up, even head butting Geale at Tuesday night’s weigh in. Maybe this wasn’t the smartest idea, as Geale came out all guns blazing and imposed his superiority from the opening bell.

The former world champion started fast and had Wood on the canvas in the very first round. Wood was able to get to his feet and after avoiding another onslaught, he heard the bell and finished round 1.

Wood was down again in the second round, but referee Charlie Lucas called a low blow and deducted a point from Geale.

Rounds 3 and 4 would see Geale pick Wood apart with measured attacks to the head and body.

Once again in round 5 Wood found himself on the deck after a straight right hand from Geale connected flush on the jaw. Wood managed to rise to his feet and battle until the bell sounded and even after, as referee didn’t hear and the men continued to fight. Finally action was stopped and places on the stools were taken.

Geale dropped Wood to the floor once more in round 6. Wood rose yet again and after getting hurt badly at the end of the round, staggered to his corner.  Trainer Lincoln Hudson had seen enough and wisely stopped the contest between rounds to avoid his fighter taking any more punishment.

In the post fight interview, Geale made clear he would like to set up a fight with undefeated WBA and IBO champion Gennady Golovkin.

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Photo by Louie Abigail

The undercard seen NRL superstar Paul Gallen score a 2nd round TKO in his professional debut over Herman Ene Purcell.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Gallen, as 19 year old Toowoomba resident Purcell came out swinging in the opening round. He landed a left hook on Gallen’s jaw than sent the Cronulla captain to the canvas.

Gallen was able to compose himself and in round 2 land some nice combinations. Purcell decided to prove how tough he was by dropping his hands by his side and walk straight into Gallen’s power shots. After wearing some flush punches, Purcell ended up on the ropes where Gallen continued to batter him, forcing referee Garry Dean to step in and stop the contest.

Chaos almost erupted as both Gallen and Purcell continued to fight after the bell, forcing both corners to step in to control the heated combatants. It was all smoothed over and the men embraced.

In an action packed Light Heavyweight contest, PABA champion Robert Berridge was able to defend his title with a 10th round TKO over Kerry Foley.

After almost 3 years out of the boxing ring, Foley done extremely well against the impressive New Zealander who was riding a 7 fight KO streak going into the fight.

An even bout throughout the first 5 rounds with back and forth action, Foley then landed a right hand in the 6th on the southpaw Berridge that sent him to the canvas. Berridge was able to spring straight to his feet and in the following round answered back by putting Foley on the floor.

Berridge then began to gain ascendency and landing big punches on Foley. Between rounds Foley’s corner told him they would stop the fight is he doesn’t do anything this round.

In round 10, Foley grimaced as though he injured his right hand, he was then hit with a body shot and went down onto one knee. The referee has seen enough and stopped the fight.

After a thirteen month absence from the ring, undefeated Cruiserweight Brad Pitt showed no signs of ring rust, scoring a 1st round KO over Emosi Solitua with a thunderous left hook.

Cruiserweight Shane Quinn was also able to score a KO from a left hook. His was in the 4th round agaisnt New Zealand’s Jake Revill.

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Daniel Geale v Garth Wood

By Hayden Hooper ( @Hoopaman18 )

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Two of Australia’s top Middleweights will go head to head at Sydney’s Horden Pavilion on Wednesday night. Daniel Geale (29-2, 15KOs) and Garth Wood (12-3-1, 8KOs) will fight Live on MainEvent PPV over 12 rounds for the WBA Pan African and IBF Pan Pacific titles.

Geale, a former world champion, is coming off just his second career defeat, a narrow loss in the United States at the hands of Englishman Darren Barker in which he lost his title. Although Geale’s last six fights have been world title bouts against some of the worlds best, this is a danger fight and a must win if the Tasmanian is to put himself back in the world title picture.

Wood, a former NRL first grader and winner of The Contender reality series suffered disappointment of his own late last year when his world title bout with Martin Murray was cancelled just weeks prior. He is determined and feels this is his big chance to push himself into the world title frame.

This MainEvent PPV undercard will also feature the much anticipated professional debut of NRL star Paul Gallen. Gallen has participated in the charity event Fight for Life the previous two years, winning both bouts and impressing people along the way.

The Cronulla and New South Wales captain and a man who is considered one of the fittest and toughest in the NRL will take on Queensland’s Herman Ene-Purcell, a 20 year old who resides in Toowoomba under the tutelage of Brendon Smith. The ‘Hermanator’, as they call him, has had two professional fights, a win and a loss.

In a rematch, highly regarded New Zealander Robert Berridge (22-1-1, 18KOs) and Sydneysider Kerry Foley (14-1-1, 12KOs) meet in a 12 round battle for the PABA Light Heavyweight title.

In 2011, the pair fought to a 6 round decision draw. Foley has since not fought, while Berridge has had 13 bouts in that time, only suffering defeat once at the hands of undefeated Blake Capparello.

Australia’s number one Cruiserweight Brad Pitt (14-0, 11KOs) will also make an appearance after a lengthy period absent from the ring. The 2008 Olympian and former Australian and regional title holder has not fought since November 2012. He will fight Emosi Solitua (4-0, 3KOs) over 6 rounds.

Another international encounter takes place between New Zealand’s Jake Revill (7-0, 3KOs) and Sydney’s Shane Quinn (7-1-1, 5KOs) when the Cruiserweights fight over 6 rounds.

Current Australian Super Feather champion Kye MacKenzie (6-0, 4KOs) and former Australian Light Welterweight champion Addisu Tebebu (5-3-3, 1KO) meet in the middle at an agreed catchweight of 61kg.

Also on the card is Lauryn Eagle (8-3-1, 3KOs) taking on Shari Ranger (0-1).

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