Shannan Taylor Stops Kietbusaba, Wins WBF Title

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Report by Peter McDermott  Courtesy of

Shannan Taylor has turned back the clock to capture the World Boxing Foundation Middleweight title with a 4th round KO of Thai, Sintung Kietbusaba.

Both fighters came out slow using their jabs. Shannan landed some good left jabs and right crosses to the head, with Sintung using some good body shots and uppercuts.

Round 2 saw Taylor take it to Kietbusaba landing great left and right jabs to the head. Kietbusaba fought back landing some of his own body shots.

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The third and final session of NSW Olympic Selection Trials has ended. Cornerman reported live from the event.
91kg Lei Rayne Vaivela vs Joshua Francis
In the final fight, of NSW Olympic trials, a count was placed against Vaivela in the first round. Looking for body shots, he kept his head too low, resulting in the deduction of points. Swinging overhands landed on Francis, before Vaivela was warned for the second time for using his elbow. Another count was given to Vaivela in the second round, his breathing became heavy, and his movements defensive. Francis scored a series of clean head shots in the last round, resulting in a stoppage and a win. This was Vaivela's third fight. 
81kg Jacob McKernan vs Jordan Bunder
Bunder maintained centre ring, attempting to set up short power hands. His high guard and sharp feet avoided most shots from McKernan, until a series of hooks in the final round. Much of the bout was spent wrestling, with both boxers attempting to score around the guard on the close range. A large smile appeared on McKernan's face at the sound of the final bell, but Bunder went home, one point ahead, with the win. 

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Session 2 of the NSW Olympic Selection Trials has ended at Brighton Fishos, in Sydney. 
Boxer of the night was awarded to – Chris Reidy 
Y81kg – Jai Opetaia stayed light on his toes, picking single shots to head and body, in the first round of a challenge fight against Luke Pettit. The nerves from Pettit were obvious, and while he maintained exceptional defence, he lacked the confidence to throw in return. Opetaia's expe­rience, talent and athleticism could not be doubted by anyone tonight. Pettit held skill of his own, and while on another night he may shine, tonight was simply target practise for Opetaia.  
Y64kg – Koen Mazoudier proved exceptional skill, for the second night in a row. He kept Brady Robinson on the defensive in the first round. In the second, Robinson evened the score with forward aggression and spoiled Mazoudier's chance to counter. A suspenseful fight between two talented boxers – one point ahead, the winner was Robinson.

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Live Report - NSW Olympic Selection Trials Day1

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NSW Olympic Selection Trials commenced on Friday 23rd September, at Brighton Fishos, in Sydney. Cornerman reported live, from the event, and will continue live updates for further sessions over the weekend.
Friday's draw featured men's 60kg-91kg categories, and also select female, junior and youth categories.

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Cornerman covers Olympic Selection Trials

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Olympic selection trials begin at state level, and will be held at Brighton Fishos from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th September 2011.
Cornerman will be reporting live from the event, and updates will be posted on at regular intervals over the weekend – including results of the bouts, special events and news from the boxers.
NSW's best amateur boxers will be competing for an opportunity that only comes around for many, once in a lifetime. The event also provides the pathway to 2012 Women's World Championships and Youth World Championships. There will undoubtedly be some close bouts, the usual controversy, and for some, a step closer to Olympic gold.
Competing boxers need to weight in on the Friday between 8 – 10am at Tszyu Boxing Academy. The bouts will commence at Brighton Fishos from 7pm.

Keeta Nova
Freelance Journalist / Copywriter

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Underdog Zac Awad calls out the best

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When Zac Awad beat Junior Talipeau and took the IBF Pan Pacific middleweight title late July, many wondered who the dark horse was.
But the new titleholder had a record of 18 fights with 16 wins before he even faced the former contestant from The Contender.

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Rest in peace, Mark Fowler

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First time I saw this name was on the Total Havoc 2 show in Nowra about a year ago, up against Nathaniel Webb from Leeton.
Soon as I saw this fight I knew this guy had talent, I also met some awesome friends of his, till now we have a strong friendship. 
I didn't know Mark as well as others but I do know that we have lost a champion fighter, and champion person, One of a kind, heart of gold with fists of steel. 
The feeling is like a bad nightmare, you just want to wake up from. 

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Boxers mean business at The Ivy

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The latest white collar boxing promotion at The Ivy, Sydney CBD, proved that corporate fighting events are going from strength to strength and continue to be strongly supported by city workers.
A line-up of seven fights, including one female bout, was watched by hundreds of spectators last week as many came along to Alex Risby’s third Businessman’s Bo­xing promotion to support their colleagues and friends

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Jai Opetaia has eyes on Olympic prize

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After winning a gold medal at the Junior World Boxing Championships in Kazakhstan, central coast boxer Jai Opetaia has his sights set on the Olympics.
His father and trainer Martin Opetaia is still trying to clarify whether he will be old enough for London 2012, but after such a rapid improvement in the past few years he is confident that age limitations will be the only thing holding him back. “We’re going to try for it,” he says.

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Chernous almost loses faith in boxing

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After winning the Australian welterweight title from James Giltrow in August last year, Victor Chernous has found it harder and harder to get local fights.

The state of the sport in Australia, where only very big names get TV coverage and profit from boxing, depressed Chernous so much that he recently considered quitting the sport.

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Update from the corner

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It’s been a busy year for fight fans and Team Cornerman. The feedback from our first issue was fantastic and we want to thank you for all getting behind us.

Our second issue of Cornerman Magazine July 2011 features an interview with new IBF World Champion, Daniel Geale. You know he’s a world-class boxer but did you know he trains the local kids at Smeaton Grange three to four times a week?  We went and visited him out there and saw him in action with some young amateurs training in the ring.

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Daniel Geale reveals all

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IBF Middleweight champion, Daniel Geale will face Eromosele Albert on August 31 for his first world title defence. The new champ graciously took some time out to chat with Cornerman about his plans for the future and his start in boxing.

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Souths Juniors holds together

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Although two highlight bouts were cancelled on a strong card at Souths Juniors this month, the eight fights that remained still proved the importance of holding the monthly event. Souths Juniors provides a predictable calendar and a central location for boxers across NSW and also interstate. The diverse mix of gyms and boxers in attendance ensures fighters have access to fair matches and varied opponents.
Kaye Scott again faced WA’s Naomi Fischer-Rasmussen for a win against her more experienced opponent in the 75kg division. Both women are NTID boxers and are possible contenders for Olympic trials later this year. With a split decision to Scott, they proved that competition in the limited weight divisions is tight.


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Kostya Tszyu returns to watch son shine

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Kostya Tszyu made a special appearance at The Young Gun’s amateur and professional boxing night at Brighton Le Sand’s Fishos on Saturday night. But it was his son Tim and amateur boxer George Kambosos that were the stars of the show.
Tszyu Senior was as of course there to cheer on son Tim Tszyu in his fight in the 69kg weight division against Max Evans.

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Kali Meehan too strong for Michael Kirby.

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Jamie Myers Promotions presented a knock out night last Friday at
Southport Sharks.
The main event between Kali Meehan and Michael Kirby for the WBF World
Heavyweight Title went for a disappointing one minute. The fight was
stopped by the referee when Meehan delivered some devastating punches leaving
Kirby dazed. The 41 year old Meehan dedicated the fight to his wife and
The main supporting bout between Gold Coast boy Tyrone Jones and Melbourne’s Lyndon
Echey went the full 6 rounds with some impressive fighting from both. Both
fighters delivered some strong combinations but Echey was unable to match
Jones’ energy and Jones won by unanimous decision.

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Steve Hurts Kurt By TKO

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By Hakan Saglam

Steve Moxon made his debut into Pro-boxing not too long ago and has made quite an impact. On his third fight he has knocked out former NSW middleweight title holder, Kurt Bahram in the 1st round.
Moxon, who is well known within the kickboxing circuit, was finding it hard to get matchups in his chosen discipline after defeating some of the big names kickboxing has to offer. In order to stay active he decided to try his hand at boxing and prove that kickboxers can make great boxers too.
His fight against Kurt Bahram at JNI's show on Friday 17th June, dubbed “Game On”, would surely test his hands and prove his point.

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Katsidis new opponent

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Michael Katsidis’ proposed rematch with Englishman Graham Earl has been scratched due to a breakdown in contract negotiations. Katsidis reportedly had a verbal agreement with Earl’s team but when it came to signing for the fight things didn’t quite work out. Tough Mexican Michael Lozada, is the new opponent for Katsidis and the fight has been pencilled in for 13th August at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.

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Tongia returns for Australian Light Middleweight Title grab

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Warriors at War, held at Brisbane's The Greek Club by ACE Boxing Promotions featured a main event between Tyrone Tongia and Pat Rullo for the Australian Light Middleweight Title. The fans turned out in force for the exciting match up, with not a spare seat in the house.

The night started with local boys Steve Wijangco and Kyle Teer. Coming off a run of losses, Wijangco dropped five kilos for the bout. After a slow start the pair turned up the heat in the second round when Wijangco got Teer in the corner. After getting knocked down in the third round Teer picked up his work rate in the final rounds and won by unanimous decision.

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The Preacher rumbles the metro

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© Scott McAlinden

Rumble in the Metro, held in Brisbane on June 4th by promoter Ian Bronson, showcased a mammoth thirteen kickboxing fights including two title fights. The crowds turned out in force to support the fighters and a fun time was had by all.

The night started off with a number of exciting local fights with Zack Short defeating Liam Badger in the first bout by knockout 1min 24sec into the second round. Then the self-trained Damien Scrivano put up a strong fight to last the full five rounds against Kili Pole who won by unanimous decision.

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Billy Dib secures IBF world title shot

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IBF #3 featherweight, Billy “the Kid” Dib (31–1, 19 KOs), will get his second shot at the featherweight title when he challenges #2 featherweight, Jorge Lacierva (39–7–6, 26 KOs), for the vacant IBF 126 pound title on July 29th at the State Sports Centre in Homebush, Sydney.

Dib lost to Steven Luevano for the WBO featherweight title in October 2008 but has since rattled off eleven consecutive victories, nine inside the distance. Dib has shown marked improvement in his overall game under the expert guidance of leading Aussie trainer Billy Hussein. Gone is the excessive showboating, replaced by good technique which has resulted in better power behind his punches.

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Diverse Card at Cronulla Leauges Club

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           Boxing followers were rewarded with a diverse line up at Cronulla
Leagues Club on Saturday night. The card featured one professional
fight, several experienced amateurs and the participants from Fight
Club 4.

Fight Club is one of the many white collar boxing programs that are
growing in popularity. Although not strictly open to business people,
these programs attract those who are too busy or too old for regular
boxing training. They are offered an opportunity to learn basic skills,
get fit and a night of glory in the ring.

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Katsidis vs Earl rematch

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The last time they fought, Englishman Graham Earl (26–4, 12 KOs) and Aussie warrior Michael Katsidis (27–4, 22 KOs) put on an unforgettable brawl that was subsequently voted the prestigious fight of the year and also included the round of the year. Katsidis “The Great” Promotions today announced that they have agreed to terms with the Earl team to stage their rematch in Australia later this year.

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Young kickboxers show their mettle

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The event was billed as PNG versus Australia but it was the
young up-and-coming kickboxers that really drew the spotlight at Tim Drury and Rob Murdoch’s
most recent Coastal Clash.

Teenager Makk McNaught (Milthorpe Muay Thai) gave away seven
years and a few kilos to fight the older Josh Tonna from Bulldog Gym Canberra
in the 58kg division.

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Green, Tarver Press Conference Quotes

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Danny Green and Antonio Tarver staged their first press conference yesterday at the Sydney Entertainment Center, televised by FOX Sports. Their July 20 IBO Cruiserweight title fight, which has been billed “Judgement Day”, will be at the same venue.Green showed respect for his opponent as did Tarver but both predicted wins, with Tarver claiming that the fight won’t go the full 12 rounds. Both fighters seemed somewhat uncomfortable in the face off.

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Fighters protection foremost at Souths

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The nights might be getting colder but the competition
heated up at Souths Juniors during the week as NSW Amateur Boxing put on its monthly
Tuesday night show.

A line-up of 10 fights, including one exhibition, displayed
the high quality of boxing in the state.

But the primary responsibility of trainers, judges and
officials – particular in the amateur sport – is always to protect their
boxers. There was no better demonstration of this last week than the actions of
Windsor Boxing trainer Dave Delfilno, who threw the towel in the ring when it
was clear that his boxer was outclassed and at risk of knockout or injury.

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Sadly, former bantamweight world champion Lionel Rose was
pronounced dead today, after a long battle with illness. Lionel Rose was
Australia’s second, and the first Aboriginal world champion, best known for
travelling to Japan and defeating then champion, Fighting Harada, in front of a
raucous Japanese crowd in 1968.

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Geale dethrones Sylvester!

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In what was a close and hard fought fight, Daniel Geale
(25–1, 15 KOs) wrestled the IBF Middleweight world title from now fromer chamion
Sebastian Sylvester (34–4–1, 16 KOs), at 
the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany Saturday night. Geale
becomes the first Australian to win a world title on German soil.  The judges cards read  118–110, 118–112 to Geale, whilst the
third judge had it 118–110 to Sylvester. The two judges who awarded the
decision to Geale were obviously scoring for pressure and amount of punches
thrown, whilst the judge who awarded the bout to Sylvester was scoring on
effective punches thrown.

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Geale vs Sylvester officials

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IBF #1 Middleweight, Daniel Geale(24–1, 15 KOs), will be
boosted by the news that the officials for his world title challenge of IBF
middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester (34–3–1, 16 KOs) will be not be German.  The referee is Randy Neumann from New
Jersey. Judges are Berit Andreasen of Denmark, Steve Epstein from Connecticut
and Marcus McDonell from London, England. 

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Whaley wins first major belt

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 Robert Whaley proved that his decision to become a
professional fighter two years ago was the right one last Friday night, taking
out his first Pan Asian Boxing Association light welterweight title in a
tightly fought 12-round match against incumbent Indonesian Stevie Ongen

Whaley and Ferninandus looked sharp in the early rounds
matching shots but also nicely avoiding each other’s counter attacks by weaving
and slipping.

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Daniel Geale ready for IBF Champ, Sylvester

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             Daniel Geale is primed to take
hold of the IBF world middleweight title from German champion Sebastian
Sylvester when they clash
this Sunday in
Neubrandenburg, Germany .
             A win against Sylvester will place Geale alongside
ring legends Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr, amongst others, as holder of the
IBF Middleweight  title. Geale
became the mandatory challenger after delivering the best performance of his
career so far, in stopping Roman Karmazin in twelve rounds in their title
eliminator last year.  Karmazin
fought a disputed draw against Sylvester prior to being stopped against Geale.
As far as common opponents go, Geale has definitely outperformed Sylvester.

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Green’s match with Tarver one to watch

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          Danny Green’s annou­ncement that he will fight Antonio Tarver on July 20 wasn’t necessarily a surprise but it is drawing some animated commentary from the boxing fraternity.
Johnny Lewis – trainer to former champions Jeff Fenech, Kostya Tszyu, Jeff Harding and Billy Dib – says it’s an interesting match.
“It’s a bit of a trial I’d say instead of a fight,” he says.
But he also believes it may be less one-sided than some of the title fights of late.

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PCYC State Titles prove attractive for young boxers

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The 2011 PCYC Amateur Boxing State Titles were held last weekend at St George PCYC, Sydney. The titles were opened to all NSW amateur boxers, including those not training at a PCYC club, and they were a drawcard for the state’s younger fighters.

Almost half of the boxers competing in the Sunday finals were in junior or youth divisions, and boxers under 14-years were able to participate in public sparring bouts on Sunday morning.

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White Collar Fight Club 4 rumbles the roundhouse

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            White Collar Boxing inc. put on another fine show at the UNSW Roundhouse on Saturday night, with 20 fighters from all walks of life trying it out in the ring for the first time.
Billing the night as White Collar Fight Club 4 – or WCFC 4 – the event attracted over 500 attendees, many of whom had never been to a boxing show before.

It is events like these, and the efforts of promoters like Josh King,
Adam Partridge, Duncan Meldrum and head trainer Rob Whaley, that are
bringing boxing to a much wider audience. The night also raised over ten thousand dollars for the Queensland flood relief effort.

            WCFC 4 fighters had only had 12 weeks training before they got in the
ring but the experience was as close as possible to a professional
fighter's as you can get. Along with flashing lights on entrance,
embroidered hoodies, and bona fide ring girls, the boxers discovered
what a gruelling place the ring can be. 

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Pawsey defends Asia Pacific title on Sydney’s North Shore.

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Daniel Pawsey has a history of either winning his fights by KO, or losing them the same way. During the first round of defending his WBO Asia Pacific Super-Middleweight title at North Sydney Leagues Club on Friday night, he initially appeared an easy target by allowing his opponent Les Piper to score continuously over the top of his lead hand.

Piper started well and proved he can use his stance to maintain both a tight defence and explosive rotational power. He pressured Pawsey with solid shots and close range lateral moving combinations until the start of the fifth round when fatigue was obviously sinking in. Piper still maintained pressure, but Pawsey took control over his weary opponent by spoiling Piper’s solid boxing skills. Pawsey continued this into the seventh round when the fight was stopped by TKO because Piper was clearly taking too many hits, and was too fatigued to even throw back.

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City workers swap suits for gloves

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         Sydney haunt The Ivy provided the backdrop to another fine night of white collar boxing in the city as financial advisers, recruitment consultants and investment bankers shed their suits to discover if they had what it takes to make it in the ring.
         Boxing legend and trainer to Ryan Waters, Dave Birchell even made an appearance, stepping in to fill the shoes of a fighter that pulled out at the last minute. In an exhibition bout against Nick “The Irish Clam” Gorman he showed just what a champion he still is, although pushing 40 and away from the circuit for 10 years.
           Even before the night started boxers had raised over $35000 for the Humpty Dumpty foundation by having people sponsor them. Nick Gorman alone raised $17000 with thousands more raised on the night from a charity auction. 

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Mundine wins Wood rematch in close contest

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             Anthony Mundine fought an all out brawl
against Garth Wood on Wednesday night in a 10-round bout, which had plenty of
grappling, holding and verbal abuse. Mundine managed to beat Wood at his own
game and win a unanimous points decision but up until the ninth round it could
have been either fighter’s fight.

              Mundine showed that he could be a very
different fighter in the second, but probably not the last, battle between
these two boxers – one a world champion and the other a winner of The Contender. Mundine was desperate to avoid a repeat of his previous loss to Wood when he was KOed in the fifth round. He knew that every time Wood had him on the ropes – which were
a lot tighter this time than in their first bout – he was in a potential danger
spot and he covered up nicely. When he wasn’t being defensive with a tight
guard he was tieing up Wood who complained bitterly a number of times.

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Muay Thai Fight Club

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         On Saturday 9th April 2011, Bulldog Balmain held their 7th Muay Thai Fight Club Promotion at Petersham RSL.
The new venue was packed to the rafters with diehard fans. The night opened a couple of very entertaining bouts follwed with the 4 man eliminator between Jong Vs Abraam Serge and Rio Leasa Vs Damien Lakin .
The winners, Jong and Damien Lakin will face off in a final eliminator at Nth Sydney Leagues Club on the 17th April. Be sure to mark this date in your diary cos this will be an all out war!

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Amateur boxing puts on a strong show at South Sydney Junior's

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           Tuesday night boxing at South Sydney Junior’s in April saw a jam-packed card of 12 fights which boxing stalwart Arthur Tunstall billed as better than the Mundine v Wood rematch.

In the fourth fight of the evening Wayne Ngation from Sutherland PCYC faced Tom Rowe from Ulladulla Boxing Gym in the 69kg division. Wayne seemed more composed and in control in the early part of the first round but Tom came back in the second with a flurry of hits, which he continued into the third round.Tom won the fight on a points decision.

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The Man ready for Wood showdown

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            After last year’s shock middleweight defeat
of  Anthony ‘The Man’ Mundine by Garth Wood, hype surrounding their rematch has
been building.

The pair are set to shape up against each
other on April 13 in Brisbane, which will be the true test of the mettle of both
of them.

Anthony Mundine spoke to Cornerman six
weeks into his preparation for the fight.

“I had to give myself 10 weeks [to prepare]
because I had a lot of time off [after the December fight]. I had to get my
body back into good shape,” he said.

“I’m not worried about anything but
applying everything on the night.”

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Green eyes settle on Tarver for comeback

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Danny Green has announced his next opponent, after a severe bout of appendicitis which resulted in removal of his appendix and a large abscess, will be American Antonio Tarver in July in Sydney for a defence of the IBO title.

At a press conference in Sydney on Wednesday, with Tarver linking up by satellite, Green said he was looking forward to the fight which he is saying will be harder than his Jones fight was.Tarver is 42 to Green’s 38 and has a record of 28–6 to Greens 31–3. He won a controversial decision against Nagy Aguilera at heavyweight in October last year but hadn’t fought prior to that since May 2009.

Many say the match is a good fight for both of them at the respective stages of their career but may not test either of them. For Green it is a good match to gage how well he has recovered from his illness. And although Tarver had hoped for a heavyweight title, he would not be disappointed with the IBO belt.  

For a video of the full press conference click on the link below.

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