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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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CAPPARELLO CRUISES TO VICTORY IN US DEBUT

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By Hayden Hooper ( @hoopaman18 )

Australia’s Blake Capparello has made an impressive American debut by defeating veteran Elvir Muriqi at the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange New Jerset in the main event of ESPN’s edition of Friday Night Fights.

Capparello cruised to a unanimous points decision victory with judges scorecards reading 98-92, 98-92 and 100-90, after 10 rounds of action.

The Australian went into the bout as the underdog against the 45 fight veteran, but was not overawed by the situation of headlining in his first fight overseas or the credentials of his opponent, dictating and dominating from the opening bell.

With jabs and precision straight left hands from his southpaw stance, Capparello was able to build a lead early and continue to control throughout the entire contest.

You could clearly see frustration setting in on Muriqi who had no answers to the slick boxing skills of Capparello. At one point after the bell sounded to signal the end of round 9 Muriqi banged his gloves together and stormed back to his corner . While Muriqi did have some better middle rounds, he never worried the Australian.

This victory imoproves Blake Capparello’s record to 19-0-1, 6KOs.

Boxing – Aussies Abroad

By Hayden Hooper ( @hoopaman18 )

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The following week will see three Australian boxers take to the ring across three different countries. Blake Capparello, Jarrod Fletcher and Jason Cooper will all fight abroad in bouts that could define their respective careers.

Capparello’s US Debut

Undefeated Light Heavyweight Blake Capparello (18-0-1, 6KOs) will make his debut on American soil on the massive Super Bowl weekend. He faces veteran Elvir Muriqi (40-5, 24KOs) as the main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.

Capparello is coming off the most impressive performance of his career, easily outpointing veteran American Allan Green, to claim the IBO title.

In order to chase the dream of big fights under the bright lights in America and more globally recognised titles, Capparello was forced to relinquish the IBO belt.

Capparello has been in the States preparing and said, “Elvir is a strong, solid fighter. We’ve had a good look at him. He’s the type, if we want to make an impression, we have to beat him good. That’s our plan.”

The fight card is to be held at the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange, New Jersey. It will be broadcast Live on ESPN2 in Australia from 1p.m, Saturday the 1st.

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Fletcher’s WBA bout in Monte Carlo

Queensland Middleweight Jarrod ‘Left Jab’ Fletcher (17-1, 10KOs) travels to Monaco to challenge the Ukraine’s Max Bursak (29-1-1, 12KOs) for his WBA Continental title on the Monte Carlo Boxing Bonanza tournament.

Originally scheduled to face Brittan’s Martin Murray for his Interim WBA world title, Murray withdrew from the bout, claiming injury as reason, when it’s rumoured he is only chasing a bigger fight with IBF champion Felix Sturm.

With Bursak stepping in, Fletcher was fortunately able to stay on the blockbuster event. Bursak is an extremely dangerous replacement but Fletcher took everything as a true professional, saying, “It doesn’t matter who I fight, I’m focused and ready for this.”

Fletcher, who has been finishing up training camp with his team in France says, “This is the biggest fight of my career, I’ve worked for 20 years and I’m finally at that world level. If I can win this fight it’s going to open up doors and get bigger fights for world titles.”

This fight can be seen on MainEvent PPV from 4p.m Sunday the 2nd, on the undercard of undefeated WBA and IBO Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin when he defends his titles against Osumanu Adama.

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Nugget’s WBC Title fight in China

Deception Bay boxer Jason ‘Nugget’ Cooper (8-1-1, 4KOs) heads to China with hopes of taking Qiu Xiao Jun’s (10-2, 4KOs) WBC Asia Council Continental and WBC Youth World titles.

The 22 year old Super Bantamweight prospect is riding a six fight win streak. This will be the former Australian champion’s first chance to showcase his talent internationally and a victory could open more opportunities on the world stage for the rising star.

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Mayweather Dominates Alvarez

 

Mayweather vs Alvarez

 By Karen Touma ( @KarenTouma )

Floyd Mayweather has beaten Mexican Saul Alvarez with a 12-round majority decision to remain the best pound-for-pound boxer.

The 36 year old, has stretched his string to 45 straight fights and earned the biggest purse in boxing history at a staggering $US41 million.

“It is about skills,” Mayweather said. “I came out tonight and showed my skills.

“I just took my time and took the opportunities when I got them. I can’t say this is my best performance.”

Alvarez was no match for Mayweather who fought a brilliantly tactical fight in front of a crowd of 16,746 at the MGM Grand Hotel’s Grand Garden Arena.

Mayweather cruised through the 12 rounds yet the judges made it a majority decision with Judges Dave Moretti (116-112) and Craig Metcalfe (117-111) had it for Mayweather, while judge C.J. Ross scoring it a controversial 114-114.

“I’m not in control of what the judges do,” Mayweather scoffed. “I am in shock (by) whoever had it even.”

In only his second fight since being released from prison after serving a sentence for the assault of the mother of his children, Mayweather gave away 13 years in age and 15 pounds to the younger and stronger Alvarez, who moved down in weight for the showdown.

The seventh was one of Mayweather’s best rounds as he landed several combination punches early before backing Alvarez up into a corner and hitting him with a right uppercut that snapped the Mexican’s head back.

Alvarez suffered the first loss of his career since turning pro in 2005.

“It was simple: I couldn’t catch him,” Alvarez said through a translator. “He was very elusive. He’s a great fighter. I did not know how to get him. He is very intelligent. He’s got a lot of experience. Honestly, I couldn’t find him. In the later rounds, I felt frustrated. I recognize that he beat me. I tried to connect on him, but I just couldn’t. At the same time, he also missed me a lot. A lot of punches landed on my gloves.”