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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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