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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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GEALE PUNISHES WOOD

By Hayden Hooper ( @Hoopaman18 )

Photo by Louie Abigail

 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.

Photo by Louie Abigail

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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