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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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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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