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Kali “Checkmate” Meehan (36–4, 29 KOs) earnt a unanimous points decision over Evans “The Sandman” Quinn to capture the IBF Pan Pacific title last night at the La Montage reception centre. Meehan 108.15Kg was frustrated throughout the bout as Quinn 102.35 kg showboated and refused to engage the taller Meehan from the outset.
Quinn insisted on dancing around the ring and playing more the role of a showman than a fighter. Both fighters had a feeling out first round and Meehan looked overly cautious and aware of Quinn’s power early on, probably due to the numerous rounds they had sparred together under the banner of Don King. Meehan started to use his jab and land a few rights to the body and a few left hooks during the middle rounds as Quinn fought very little in every round and was warned for using a backhand punch . Meehan had a bloody mouth for much of the bout and landed a good right hand in round seven that stunned Evans. Meehan was having his second fight in eighteen months and looked a little unfit and rusty. Quinn’s awkward style probably made Kali look a little sloppy.
Meehan’s last outing was a points loss to former WBA boss Ruslan Chagaev in a world title eliminator in May. Quinn also fought on the same card that night being KO’d by former WBO champ Sergei Liakhovich. Quinn showed glimpses of his ability when he did decide to fight as he landed one or two fast combinations, but was merely looking to see out the twelve rounds without putting up a real fight. Meehan was urging Quinn to stand and fight but to no avail. Meehans higher punch output meant that he did enough to win most of the rounds. It is hard to fight against someone who doesn’t want to fight, and unfortunately this was the case in this bout. Quinn was also dancing with the ring girls in between rounds, which showed his mind wasn’t really on the job at hand.
This might seem a harsh assessment of a fighter but Quinn’s performance last night was disrespectful to Meehan and those who parted with their money to watch this as the main event. The Nicaraguan born Quinn apparently wants to base himself in Australia, but after this performance I doubt many fans would be interested in watching him again any time soon. Scores were 118–110, 117–114, 117–113. Cornerman scored the bout 119–109.
In the main supporting bout, Aussie featherweight champion “Aussie” Joel
Brunker (16–0, 10 KOs) looked the consummate professional as he blasted
Indonesian Carlos Lopez (20–7, 7 KOs) in the second round of a scheduled
10 round bout. Brunker was very calm as he stalked Lopez from the beginning and
looked to set his power punches off a very impressive jab. Brunker started
throwing some big shots to both the head and body of his opponent to end the
Sensing his opponent was open to body shots, Brunker concentrated on working Lopez’ body with massive body shots and had his man down three times in the second, which forced the stoppage under the three knockdown rule. Official time of stoppage was 2:20 of round 2. With the win Brunker collected the vacant WBO Youth title and sets up a possible mouthwatering clash with Billy Dib. Lopez had previously lasted 6 rounds with Dib. Brunker looks to have a big future after a decorated amateur career.
Billy “The Kid” Dib (28–1 , 1NC, 16 KOs) earnt a stoppage victory over
gutsy Argentinian Ceferino Lambarda (19–2, 7 KOs) at the start of round six.
Dib was aggressive throughout the bout and carried out the instructions of his
trainer Billy Hussein to perfection. Dib used straight rights early on the
southpaw Lambarda, which left the import’s left eye marked up after the first
round. Lambarda had his moments with some nice counter right hooks and straight
Dib started working Lambardas body and delivered some great left and right rips followed by shots upstairs and lead left uppercuts that had the Argentine’s nose bloodied in the third round. Dib stepped it up a gear and landed beautiful three and four punch combinations in the next two rounds. A brutal left rip to the midsection dropped Lambarda in round five. Wisely, Lambarda’s corner threw in the towel at the start of the sixth round. Lambarda had previously gone 10 rounds with IBF super bantam champ Steve Molitor. IBF #4 Dib has improved vastly under the tutelage of leading Aussie trainer Billy Hussein. Dib is looking to fight a worlfd title eliminator soon and after a disappointing effort in his last title fight against American Steven Luevano, will be looking to capture a world title.
Adam Forsyth (9–0, 8 KOs) stopped American Chris Thomas (17–13–2 ,
14 KOs) in the fourth round of a scheduled eight round bout. Thomas started out
strong hurting Forsyth with a huge right hand in the first round. Forsyth,
though came on strong in the next few rounds to overpower the American. Forsyth
unloaded on Thomas in the fourth and referee Gary Dean stopped the bout.
Official time of stoppage was 1:34 of round four. Forsyth looked very strong
once again and is stepping up his level of competition on each outing.
Lauryn Eagle (1–0, 1 KO) stopped Kay Hodgson after referee intervened at 1:30 of round 1. Eagle is a former water skiing champ and is trained by former world title challenger Gary :Superman” St Claire.
Aussie based Filipino Rey Anton Olarte (12–14–4, 2 KOs) won a six round majority decision over Alex Ahtong (4–8–2, 3 KOs) by scores of 58–57, 58–57, 57–57.
Grange Old School boxing promoted another great nationally televised fight card and are really helping young up and coming Aussie boxers and our more experienced fighters to gain exposure and showcase their skills.
By Elyas Khaliqi
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