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Taylor Retains Pan Pacific Title

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Shannon Taylor took home the IBF Super Middleweight Pan Pacific Title again after a full 12 rounds against Queensland’s Tim Kanofski at the Croation Club in Punchbowl on Saturday night. Taylor’s confidence and experience in the ring was evident as he casually mixed with his home crowd before the fight, and during the first few rounds his hopes for a KO win looked likely.

After the fight, Taylor repeatedly announced ‘I am getting old now’, as Kanofski is lesser experienced but almost half his age. In the ring, Taylor had undoubtedly more skill, speed and power than his younger opponent but both boxers maintained a steady pace through all rounds. Kanofski’s aw­kwardness allowed him to avoid clean blows from Taylor allowing the fight to go the full distance.


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Another win for Aussie Joel

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Featherweight “Aussie” Joel Brunker continued his undefeated streak on Friday in his home town of Richmond to take out the interim WBO Oriental featherweight title.

Joel beat Indonesian Marangin Marbun in a fight that only went four rounds of a scheduled 12.

Marangin was quick in the first round and although he went down once after a body shot from Joel, looked like he might go the distance. He matched Joel’s fast combinations with flurries of his own but in the end he was no match for the Australian.
Marangin appeared to be complaining about shots to the back of his head at the end of the first round but he continued to try and match Joel’s pace for the following rounds.

After more hard body shots from Joel in the fourth round Marangin did not come back in for the fifth.

Joel is now 18 fights undefeated and looking for more world class opponents. Speaking to the crowd after the fight he said the last few years have seen him “grow up a bit.”

“Now I’ve got a new lease on life,” he said.


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City versus west showdown

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A hotly contested rematch between Daniel Lewis and Tim Tszyu on the
final day of the NSW Boxing State Titles for 2011 drew the crowds to Fishos in
Brighton Le Sands for a classic city versus west battle.
The rematch was a result of controversy surrounding their initial
final on Saturday, in the youth light welterweight division, when one of the
rounds was believed to have been shortened to two minutes instead of the
required three minutes.
Tim won the Saturday fight on points but the rematch was even more
ferocious with both boxers being fowled twice and having two points taken off
each. Daniel, who trains at Windsor, appeared more aggressive but Tim’s
controversial style of slipping inside kept him safe much of the time. The turning
did invite punches to the back of the head, which Daniel was eventually
penalized for, along with a low blow. Tim was fowled for holding.


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From the Corner

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Well guys what a year! We were at fights pretty much every weekend last year and there were more events across MMA, pro and am boxing and kickboxing than we’ve seen in a very very long time. And it looks like it’s going to be even more hectic this year.
We put this magazine together to wrap up all the Cornerman highlights of 2010 but also to give you a bit of a preview of what’s in store for 2011.

We will continue to cover every amateur boxing event we can – via the website and videos – and we will update our list of NSW State Title and PCYC/Industrie Title holders (page 10 and 13) as challenges occur. There is plenty happening in amateur boxing as the state shapes up for Olympic selection trials. We expect to have quite a few blue singlets on the London team for 2012.
Pro boxing just gets better and better. Everyone was hoping for it but no one was really expecting a knockout of Mundine in his fight against Wood. Can Wood do it again? Read our story on page 14 for our view.
Boxing may have been our bread and butter but we also hope to be at more MMA and kickboxing events this year as these ring sports are truly going from strength to strength.

UFC might be bringing the crowds and the publicity but there are plenty of other championships and tournaments for the MMA fan. We spoke to Bernardo Trekko Magalhaes on page 28 for tips on how to survive the cage and fight announcer James White also shared his views on the sport on page 25.

For each type of fighting sport we’ve put together a list of the top ten fights or the top ten fighters. But this is just our opinion – and we know we’re not always right – so if you think we’ve forgotten something please let us know!
This, our inaugural issue, also includes some conditioning tips for every type of exercise fan, whether you’re training to fight, or just want to get fit. See page 30 for details.
And if you want a copy of a particular fight on DVD don’t miss our DVD catalogue on pages 32 to 34.
To start with Cornerman Magazine will be bi-annually but as we get larger we hope to come to you more frequently. You can check us daily at www.cornerman.com.au and don’t forget we’re always in your corner. Happy fighting!

Team Cornerman
For everyone that lives and breathes ring sports.


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Wood finishes Mundine

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In one of the biggest surprise upsets of the year, and one of the scrappiest fights ever on Mainevent, last night Garth Wood knocked out Anthony Mundine in the fifth round of their much publicised middleweight bout.


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Ward defeats Bika

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2004 Olympic Gold medallist Andre “S.O.G” Ward earnt a hard fought 12 round unanimous decision against Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika at the Oracle Arena in Oakland California on Sunday 28th November.

Ward (23–0, 13 KOs) was looking to stay busy after his fight with fellow American Andre Dirrell fell through, due to Direll suffering from neurological problems. Bika(28–5–2, 19 KOs) was granted the opportunity for the fight and the Cameroon born Australian took up the challenge without hesitation. Ward has been the star of the much publicized super middleweight “Super Six” tournament, after remaining undefeated and battering Anthony Mundine conquerer, Mikkel Kessler of Denmark.


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Marquez stops Katsidis in 9th

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Aussie warrior, Michael Katsidis “The Great” (27–3, 22 KOs), was gallant in a losing world title challenge against Mexican champion and future hall of famer, Juan Manuel “Dinimita” Marquez (52–5–1, 38 KOs). The WBA/IBO world title fight was all action from start to go with both fighters engaging in an explosive back and forth war. Marquez was favored by most experts to outbox Katsidis and maybe win a stoppage on cuts with his precision punching. Those favoring Katsidis believed that he might be too strong for the thirty seven year old Marquez. The Mexican did get the stoppage and it was due to a minute of mostly unanswered, repeated blows to the head. Debate is still ongoing whether the referee intervened too early, but Katsidis would be too proud to quit and the referee made a good stoppage.


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Brunker impressive on Grange fight card

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In the main event of the final Grange Old school promotion and Fox Sports show for the year,“Aussie” Joel Brunker earnt an 8th
Round TKO over Filipino born Australian Roberto Lerios (13–11–1, 5 KOs) in a ten round featherweight bout at the Cube in Campbelltown.
27265_1416345290086_1276203941_31225534_1559989_n-1 Brunker started cautiously and stalked Lerios behind a high guard and a tight jab. Lerios was able to land some counters early but Brunker started to work his way into the fight with trademark bodyshots. Brunker landed a good uppercut in the fifth and hurt Lerios with a great left to the body in the sixth. Brunker continued to keep his guard high and select his shots carefully. Lerios was able to land a few good shots in the seventh but Brunker landed the better blows until the stoppage. Lerios claimed that he hurt his shoulder and couldn’t continue.


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Business As Usual – Businessman’s Boxing

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The Ivy – Sydney
24th November 2010
AU5K5226Alex Risby meant business when he put on a charity boxing event at the very swish and popular Sydney hub The Ivy. The inaugural “Businessman’s Bo­xing” fight night consisted mostly of first time white collar boxers, ranging from featherweights, all the way up to heavyweights.

“The whole event is about the fighters getting in there and having an opportunity to fight and share their experience with the people. In essence, it’s for the people to enjoy themselves and at the same time help raise money for Sydney Children’s Hos­pital” said Alex.


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Wale Omotoso

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World rated welterweight Wale Omotoso (17–0, 15 KOs) returns to action on 26th November against Juan Albert Godoy ( 25–12–1, 10 KOs) at the Netball Center in Ferntree Gully, Victoria. The 12 round fight will be for the vacant IBF Pan Pacific welterweight title. Omotoso has been fairly inactive this year, reportedly due to injury. The Nigerian born Aussie has been touted by many experts to be a future world champion.


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Green dominates Flores

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Danny “Green Machine” Green retained his IBO cruiserweight title with a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten American, BJ Flores at the Challenge Stadium in Perth on Wednesday night. The West Australian came into the fight at a career high weight of 88.6 kgs but it didn’t affect his performance. Green fought a great tactical fight and a different fight to one most predicted, winning by scores of 117–111, 118–110, 118–111. Cornerman scored the bout 117–111.


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Lopez forces Marquez to retire in his corner: Fight of the year candidate

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Peurto Rican Juan Manuel Lopez scored the most important and impressive win of his career after Mexican rival Rafael Marquez retired in his corner at the end of the ninth round of their scheduled twelve round WBO featherweight title fight at the MGM Gran in Las Vegas. This fight was another instalment in the long running Mexico vs Peurto Rico boxing rivalry and didn’t disappoint.


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State title showdown

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Mick Axisa successfully defended his 69kg NSW State Title belt at Souths Juniors on Tuesday night, in a display of skill and restraint that won him the belt in the first place.
Title holder Kye McKenzie lost his bout to challenger Daniel Lewis in the 64kg division, making Lewis the new NSW State Champion.
In a fight that saw McKenzie hit the mat on many occasions, mostly due to falling into his opponent rather than the fault of any heavy hits, McKenzie did not appear to have his heart, nor his mind for that matter, in the ring.
His first round was strong but as McKenzie was sucked into Lewis’s strategy he tired and dropped his guard.


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IMMORTALITY 3 Steve McKinnon defends his title with class.

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20101106_Immortality_0935Eduardo Majorino (57F-41W-32KO) was no match for current WBC Super cruiserweight champion Steve McKinnon (42F-38W-30KO), who has proved to be way too strong by throwing Brazilian around like a sack of potatoes. It wasn't long before Majorino found himself on the canvas after a left body roundhouse kick. The fight which was scheduled for 5×3min rounds, had stopped in the first round after indecisive ruling of a young and inexperienced referee. Initially the Brazilian wasn’t able to beat the count and referee called the fight off but a booing crowd and pressure of trainers influenced his decision and he let the fighter go on.

Steve McKinnon was putting pressure again on very dazed and confused fighter. At that point everyone in audience could see that Brazilian didn’t want to be there although the referee continued to ask him „Do you want to continue?“ in which he replied „Yes, Yes!“. The audience started to boo again so Steve had to finish the job very quickly by delivering a nasty elbow.

“I felt his power so I didn’t want to keep my chances and finish the fight early” McKinnon said after the fight. He thanked the crowd he announced his next fight in China against a French fighter ……….


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Nitro Fight Night results

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Fox Sports Big Time Boxing staged it’s second last show for the year with another Angelo Hyder Nitro promotion at the Wyong Leagues Club in the Central Coast of NSW.The Nitro theme of shorter and more exciting bouts has been a great success in 2010.


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Briggs and Hussein involved in ‘sham’ fight

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Paul Briggs has been ordered to pay a $75 000 fine after the WA Sports Commission found him to be involved in a ‘sham’ contest when he fought Danny Green in their July 21 IBO Cruiserweight world title fight. Green was cleared of any wrongdoing. The commission found that Briggs knew that he was not fit to fight and had deceived the authorities.
Upon hearing of the commision’s de­cision, Briggs was defiant and vowed to fight the matter in court to clear his name. Brigg’s trainer Billy Hussein has also been implicated in the ‘sham’ with the commission ruling that he also knew that Briggs was not fit to fight. Hussein has also stated that he will take the matter to court.

The commission found that Briggs hadn’t been truthful and hadn’t disclosed medical issues he was dealing with to anyone. Commission chairman Simon Watters said when Briggs stepped into the ring, he knew he wouldn’t be able to properly defend himself. Watters stated "Mr Briggs knew due to his condition with his nervous system and his physical ability to mount a credible defence, he wasn't a worthy and genuine competitor''.
Briggs was visibly angry when he fronted the media and when asked whether he would dispute the ruling he replied "Of course I dispute it, a sham to me is one guy paying another guy to take a dive”. "I think they've just used me as a scapegoat, none of it makes sense, it's a joke. How can I con medical people?

“They passed with me with all their exams”

Briggs has been banned from fighting in WA. The NSW boxing commission did well to avoid this whole mess by not sanctioning the fight in the first place. We will surely hear more of this saga as both fighter and trainer have stated that they will fight the commission’s ru­lings in the courts.

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Judgement Day: The final decision

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1071203286_Fvaf3-XL “The Real Deal” Daniel Geale looked very impressive in stopping Russian Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin with 28 seconds left in the 12th round of their IBF Middleweight title eliminator today at the Olympic Sports Centre in Homebush. On the semi main event of “Judgement Day” Lenny Zappavigna earnt himself a shot at the IBF Lightweight world title after taking out South Korean Ji Hoon Kim in spectacular fashion in the first round.


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Weights for Judgement Day

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With less than 24 hours to go before “Judgement Day”, the official weigh in was conducted at the Olympic Sports Centre at Homebush. A small media contingent and fans were on hand to see all but one of the fighters make weight for tomorrow’s all important fight card. Main event fighters Geale and Karmazin were first to weigh in with the Russian tipping the scales at 72.3kg and Geale at72.4kg. Both Karmazin and Geale looked to be in fantastic shape. Next up were Zappavigna and Kim with the Korean weighing in at 61.2kg and Zappavigna at 61.05kg. Again both fighters looked to be in great shape. Junior Talipeau weighed in at 74.94kg while Shannon Taylor stopped the scales at 74.9kg for their grudge match.
There seemed to be confusion about the contracted weight between Ranne Ganoy and Guillermo Mosquera, with the New Zealander claiming the contracted fight weight was 66.4 kgs, whereas the promoter was saying that it was for 63kgs. Apparently Mosquera was given three hours to make the correct weight and the status of the fight was unclear.
Both Geale and Zappavigna promised victory and reiterated that this was the most important fight of their respective careers. Taylor and Talipeau continued their trash talking and once again Taylor promised to stop his less experienced foe whilst Talipeau again promised to end Taylors’ career.
Tomorrow a lot of questions will be answered. Is Geale capable of capturing a world title?, is Lenny Zappa the real deal?, will Shannon shut Junior up or vice versa? Aussie fight fans will be in for a treat and after “Judgement Day”, the answers to these questions will be very clear.
Interviews with Jamie Pittman, Junior Talipeau, Shannon Taylor, Lauren Eagle and Lovemore Ndou will be available on the video link soon.
Full weigh in results below

Daniel Geale 72.4 kg vs Roman Karmazin 72.3 kg
(IBF Middleweight World title eliminator)
Lenny Zappavigna 61.05 kg vs JiHoon Kim 61.2 kg
(IBF Lightweight World title eliminator)
Junior Talipeau 74.94 kg vs Shannon Taylor 74.9 kg
Rob Medley 69.2 kg vs Jason LeHoullier 69.6kg
Jamie Pittman 75.65 kg vs Togasilimai Letoa 75.6 kg

Ranne Ganoy 62.65 kg vs Guillermo Mosquera 66.2 kg
(Mosquera 3 kilos over weight limit)
Lauryn Eagle 65.1 kg vs Krisitina Thaia 64.3 kg

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Foes face off before JUDGEMENT DAY

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AU5K0753_copyThe IBF middleweight title eliminator between Daniel Geale and Russian Roman Karmazin might be the main event on Sunday’s Judgement Day card at Sydney Olympic Park but a 5 minute verbal tiradebetween middleweights Junior Talipeau and veteran Shannan Taylor took the limelight at the press conference on Wednesday.
Even before the fighters posed for their ‘face off’ shots Talipeau (16 (5) – 1(0) – 1) and Taylor (50 (36) – 8 (6) – 3) were primed to take a swing at each other.


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JUDGEMENT DAY: Geale and Zappavigna in world title eliminators

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IMG_3357 Tasmanian middleweight Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale will fight Russian Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin on the main event of the internationally televised promtion, “Judgement Day” on October 31st at Sydney Olympic park.
On the main under card the classy Lenny Zappavigna will lock horns with South Korean Ji Hoon Kim. Both fights are IBF world title eliminators. Grange Global Promotions in association with Bash Boxing (U.S.A.), Banner Promotions (U.S.A.), Gary Shaw Promotions (U.S.A.) and Golden Gloves (S.A.) have put together a great card and have given both Geale and Zappavigna a chance to earn a crack at a world title, with the advantage of fighting at home in the eliminator.


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Michael Katsidis’ brother found dead. Marquez fight in doubt.

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The Australian horse racing industry is still in shock at the death of Stathi Katsidis, elder brother of WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis. The Queensland based jockey was found dead by his fiancée on Monday morning. Police have yet to confirm the cause of death and press reports say that the post mortem was inconclusive. Katsidis’ fiancée believes he might have suffocated on his pillow after passing out from a heavy drinking session.
Stathi Katsidis had battled drug, alcohol and weight problems and was only just starting to realize his potential. He won the 2010 Queensland state jockey title and and was set to ride “Shootout” in the prestigious Cox Plate in Melbourne this weekend.


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AIS ditches boxing

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Boxing will cease to be at the Australian Institute of Sport from the end of this year with scholarships to be wound up at the end of this month.


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Cronje stops Wilson in 4.

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Australian based South African Peter Cronje (10–4–1,6KOs) scored a 4th round TKO over former Australian Heavyweight Champion Colin Wilson (35–26–1, 21 KOs) on Thursday 14th October at the Gold Coast convention Centre in Queensland. The veteran Wilson suffered a knee injury , handing Cronje a stoppage win to go with his decision win in their December ’07 war in Perth on the Danny Green vs Stipe Drews undercard. The first two rounds could have gone either way but in the third Wilson’s knee gave out on him and Cronje, realizing his opponent was hurt, went after the Queenslander. Wilson showed immense courage and a big heart to keep fighting on one leg.


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Title defence warm-up

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It was a short but action-packed card at South’s Juniors this month and a fitting prelude to next month’s title defense event. Boxers will be able to challenge the


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Lovemore Ndou looking to defeat Mexican teen.

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After his stirring win over South African Bongani Mwelase last month, Lovemore “The Black Panther” Ndou is next set to face teenage Mexican sensation Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on 4th December. At 19 years of age, the 39 year old Ndou is facing a man young enough to be his son. The redheaded, fair skinned Mexican is being tipped by many experts to be a superstar in the making.

Alvarez’ offensive style, great punching power and good looks have many comparing him to a young Oscar De La Hoya. Alvarez (34–0–1, 26 KO’s) had practically no amateur background and has learnt his trade as a pro, as is evidenced by his 35 fight record at such a young age. His handlers are moving him along strategically and acknowledge that Ndou is a step up in competition for their charge. His latest outing was a 6th round KO victory over Argentinian Carlos Baldomir, who had been stopped once previously almost fifteen years ago. A knockout win over the very durable Ndou, would be great at this stage of his career.


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Katsidis looking to get full lightweight title from Marquez

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Aussie fighters are making noise on the world stage at the moment and one of those fighters is Michael “The Great” Katsidis who will be looking to capture the full version of the WBO lightweight title from universally recognized lightweight champion Juan “Dinamita” Marquez. Fight fans here and abroad will be treated to a great fight when these two warriors clash. Katsidis (27–2, 22 KOs) deserves this fight after his three round demolition of Englishman Kevin Mitchell in August. Mitchell was undefeated at (31–0) going into the fight, was fighting in front of his home crowd and started the betting favorite.


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AIBA Women's World Titles

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60346_1643092598627_1276203941_31812346_5497928_nDespite ending in controversy over proposed new regulations by the AIBA that will require women to wear a skirt or a dress during competition, the women's world amateur boxing championship held in September in Barbados highlighted just how far the sport has come in a relatively short time.


Australia sent a a team of 8 women boxers, 3 coaches and a team manager. The women raised much of the funds to attend themselves but were also helped by some last minute funding from Boxing Australia – the national amateur boxing association.
In total there were 306 female entries for the competition from 72 countries.


Tammy Taylor represented the 75kg division for Australia and says


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Sam Soliman captured the vacant IBF PanPacific title

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Sam “King” Soliman captured the vacant IBF PanPacific title with a 10th round KO of former world rated middleweight and Indian amateur star Pradeep Singh (15–3–1, 8 KOs) at the Atrium Room at Flemington Racecourse. Soliman, a semifinalist in the US contender series was too slick and used his awkward style to dominate Singh, who was himself a participant in the Contender Australia series. Singh started out well and looked to keep distance between himself and Soliman in the first two rounds and landed a few good shots early on. Soliman started to take control of the fight from the third round onwards.

Singh had been out of the ring for almost 15 months and his fitness was starting to wane in the middle rounds. Soliman, one of the fittest men in boxing simply pressured the tiring Singh, started working the body well and started to land good combinations. Singh was warned for wrestling and was deducted a point in the seventh round. Soliman started to land with more frequency in the eight and ninth round and at times it looked like Singh was ready to disqualify himself by clinching and wrestling Soliman, but to the Indian native’s credit he fought on gamely.
A left rip followed by a right rip to the body dropped Singh to his knees and the referee counted him out at 1:42 of the 10th round. Former world title challenger Soliman looked impressive and is eyeing another world title shot. Soliman has fought the likes of the Kelly brothers Glen and Kevin, Sakio Bika, Anthony Mundine, Sean Sullivan, Nader Hamdan, Raymond Joval, Enrique Ornelas,Howard Eastman and Winky Wright. The Wright fight was his most memorable fight to date albeit in a losing effort. Many fans also feel he bested Anthony Mundine in their first fight.
Soliman thanked his longtime trainer Dave Hedgecock after the fight and promised his fans that he will be chasing another title shot in the near future.

Former Michael Katsidis victim Czar Amonsot (22–3–1, 11 KOs), from the Phillipines scored a second round KO over Sinchai Ekchumpol (10–3, 4 KOs). With the win Amonsot takes hold of the WBO Asia Pacific lightweight crown.

In what was an entertaining scrap for the vacant Australian light middleweight title, Pat Rullo (11–2, 1KO) earnt a split decision victory over Jason Kanofski (13–5–3, 2KOs) by scores of 96–94, 97–93 to Rullo and 97–93 to Kanofski. Kanofski showed a higher workrate and seemed to do enough to earn the nod but two of the judges saw it differently. Both fighters were cut above the eyes during the bout and a rematch would be another entertaining affair. Cornerman scored the bout 96–94 Kanofski.


Cameroon native Samuel Colomban (18–3, 9 KOs) easily disposed of Jamad Jalarante (20–9–1, 9KOs) at 15 seconds into the second round of a scheduled eight round welterweight bout. World rated Colomban landed a beautiful lead left uppercut, straight right, left hook combination that sent the Indonesian crashing to the canvas for the count.


Highly touted welterweight prospect Dilshod Mahmudov (4–0, 3KOs) went the distance for the first time against the always gallant Rey Anton Olarte (16–18–7, 2KOs). Mahmudov, a veteran of over 300 amateur fights and a world amateur silver medallist was awarded a 60–54, 60–54, 59–55 decision. Olarte, who has been in with some of the best Australian fighters, had his moments but Mahmudov landed the greater and more effective shots throughout.


At the welterweight limit, Rivan Cessaire earnt a unanimous decision over Steve Maxwell by scores of 59–57, 59–56, 59–56. Maxwell was the aggressor throughout the bout but Cessaire landed the better shots off the backfoot for a deserved victory.

Allan Jay Tuniacau (11–2–5, 3 KOs) outworked Skak Max (10–6–1, 3KOs) over four rounds at junior featherweight to win by scores of 40–36 three times.
by Elyas Khaliqi


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Asiku loses IBO title to Gonzalez

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Ugandan born Australian “Action” Jackson Asiku (26–4, 13 KOs) lost his IBO belt after being stopped by Mexican Johnny Gonzales in the sixth round at the Las Vegas Hilton on Wednesday 15th September. Asiku was making the first defence of the IBO world title, which he won in November last year against another tough Mexican Humberto Ruiz (42–8–2, 32 KOs) at Parramata Leagues Club. Asiku went into the fight confident after winning his last 16 fights and being undefeated since back to back losses in late 2003 and early 2004.

Gonzalez, a former bantamweight champ, had promised to punish Asiku before the fight after Asiku trash talked him, and that is what he eventually did. Asiku came out and fought right in front of Gonzalez hoping to land early on Gonzalez’ perceived shaky chin (three of Gonzalez’ seven losses have been by knockout) but this only played into the hands of the powerful Mexican. Both fighters traded shots in the first round but it was evident even this early that this fight probably would result in a knockout for either man. Round two continued in much the same manner as
Asiku landed a few good shots but was standing directly in the range of Gonzalez’ punches which were landing in combinations. Asiku scored with some good combinations but Gonzales stunned Asiku with a good right towards the end of the round. Gonzalez again landed more leather in the third round and Asiku was showing a big heart by continuing to trade shots, much to the delight and appreciation of the crowd.
In the fourth round, Gonzalez caught Asiku with a quick powerful left that stunned the champion and then a flurry of punches that sent Asiku to the deck. Asiku did well to see out the round by keeping on his toes and showing good recuperative powers after taking some bombs. Gonzalez continued to punish Asiku in the fifth and dropped him twice with left hooks. Asiku was being brave and answered the bell for the sixth still on unsteady legs. A questionable left rip to the body by Gonzalez followed by a series of punches sent Asiku reeling back. Gonzalez connected with a big right hand in the corner and a continued assault to force referee Kenny Bayless into action and stop the fight at 1:09 mark of the 6th round.

After the fight Gonzalez applauded Asiku for his bravery and said he was willing to meet any of the big names in the featherweight division. He called out Yuriorkis Gamboa and Juan Manuel Lopez and said he wouldn’t duck anyone and only wants to fight the best. Gonzalez has carried his power with him to the featherweight division and demonstrated why he has a 40 KOs record out of 46 winning fights, further highlighted by the fact that Asiku had not been previously stopped. Asiku was reportedly taken to hospital for observation and hopefully he’s alright.

Asiku has done well thus far in his career as he has been an Olympian and holder of the Australian, African Boxing Union, Commonwealth and IBF Australasian title and IBO featherweight title. He revenged his loss to Gary St Claire last year and won in impressive fashion in his 8th round stoppage of Ruiz to win the vacant IBO title. Asiku’s stocks will more likely rise if anything as he showed great determination in a losing effort. He reportedly arrived in the US a day before the weigh in and probably didn’t give himself the best chance in terms of preparations. Exposure on the big US networks is what a fighter wants and Asiku would have won over more fans for taking a big challenge and fighting a brave fight.

Asiku’s three losses came very early in his career against, two of them against very accomplished opposition (Nedal “Skinny” Hussein, 26–1 at the time and Gary St Claire 28–3–2 at the time) and has been asking for a fight against Billy “The Kid” Dib (29–1, 17 KOs), which would be a good all Australian showdown where Dib would most likely be the betting favorite. It would be interesting to see how Dib would fare against an aggressive puncher like Gonzalez who will himself test any of the other big name fighters in the talent rich featherweight division.

by Elyas Khaliqi


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Green looking to repay the faith

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green01IBO Cruiserweight world champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green will be looking to pay back his loyal fans after the debacle the last time he fought in front of them. Green has agreed to face American BJ Flores in a scheduled 12 round bout at the Challenge stadium in Perth on November 17. Green says he is giving the fans what they really want after the highly controversial bout against Paul Briggs that lasted only 30 seconds.


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Mundine TKOs Waters in 10th

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AU5K7956Anthony “The Man” Mundine (40–3, 25 KOs) has earnt himself a shot at the WBA 154lb. world title by winning a hard fought 10th round TKO against Ryan “Lights Out” Waters at the Win Entertainment centre in Woolongong last night, 15th September . Mundine scored his first stoppage win in almost three years and is within sight of making history by winning three world titles in three descending weight classes.


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Q & A with Ivan Rukavina, trainer of Viktor “The Hurricane” Chernous.

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Rising welterweight prospect and current Australian welterweight champion Victor Chernous is being expertly guided by trainer Ivan Rukavina, who took charge of training duties after Chernous’ only loss in his pro career.
Croatian born Rukavina has been a long time Australian citizen who represented Australia as an amateur and had his professional career cut short due to injury. Playing the part of mentor as well as trainer, Rukavina is hoping to take his charge all the way to a world title within the next few years. Rukavina currently has no other fighters under his guidance because he wants to concentrate solely on working with Chernous and their goal of capturing a world title.


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Waters to open floodgates on Mundine

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Fight fans will converge on the Win entertainment centre in Wollongong on Wednesday 15th September to watch Anthony ‘The Man’ Mundine take on fellow Australian Ryan ‘Lights Out’ Waters in a WBA title eliminator. Ryan Waters , who is currently ranked 7th in the WBA and 5th in the WBO is winding up


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Meehan defeats Quinn, Brunker and Dib impressive in stoppage wins

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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.


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Tszyu shines at Golden Gloves

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The highlight of this year’s Golden Glove tournament held in Caboolture Queensland in late August was an appearance by Kostya Tszyu who came to watch


his son Timophey defend his title in the 63kg junior open division on Sunday morning.
timYoung Tim Tszyu definitely looks set to follow in his father’s footsteps. After outclassing


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Talipeau batters Sonni Michael Angelo, Kariuki dominates Clenshaw

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Cronulla-17.08.10_1554The peoples’ champ, Junior ‘The One’ Talipeau 76.2kgs (16–1, 5 KOs) headlined his first promotion last night against Sonni Michael Angelo 75.4kgs (16–10–2, 5KOs) at Cronulla Leagues Club, in what was an exciting


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Will Ryan take Mundine into deep Waters

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678WBA #7, WBO #5 Junior Middleweight Ryan Waters (20–2–2, 12 KOs) is deep into his training camp and is gearing up for the biggest fight of his career against WBA #2 Anthony ‘The Man’ Mundine (39–3, 22 KOs) when they clash in September at the Woolongong Entertainment Centre.
In what is essentialy a WBA title elimiminator, a win against Mundine would position the Cronulla slugger for a world title shot against Peurto Rican superstar Miguel Angel Cotto and a well deserved big payday. Waters, who holds


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Pawsey wins battle for WBO title

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A sharp right punch to the neck by local boy Daniel Pawsey in the third round of the WBO title bout on Saturday night at Randwick nearly ended the evening early for Queenslander Tim “Knuckles” Kanofski from Ipswich. But after a few steps back and an 8 count the hardy Queenslander bounced back to tough out another nine rounds.
Pawsey’s superior ring-craft and calmness throughout the fight had him ahead most rounds but that didn't stop Kanofski from stalking his opponent and marking him with a fair few hits during the 12 round battle.


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A Hurricane in Hurstville

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906V0422Viktor “The Hurricane” Chernous (11–1) is the new Australian
welterweight champion after defeating former champ James J
Gilthrow(11–2) on Friday night at the Hurstville Civic Centre. The
judges awarded Chernous a unanimous victory by scores of 98–94, 98–93,
99–91. In what was an all action affair, Chernous was the deserved
victor (pardon the pun) with the more telling blows and effective
counterpunching. Chernous entered the ring with


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Suits hit the ring

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529What do an investment adviser, accountant, police officer and copywriter have in common? At first glance not much but they all, along with 14 others, took to the boxing ring on Saturday night in front of almost 400 after 12 weeks of intensive training.
White collar, or corporate, boxing has been big in the UK for the last decade but is just starting to make its mark in Australia.
The fights on Saturday night were run by White Collar Boxing Inc at the Roundhouse Theatre at the University of UNSW. The boxers were trained by professional boxer


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