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It might have been his final fight but the 41-year-old Maydad Ronen
sure made a battle of his match with the 27-year -old Shinichi Muriyama from
At the Shadowboxer promotion at Bondi RSL last weekend, both boxers showed a lot of heart in a fight that was scrappy at times but always entertaining.
It's fair to say that Shinichi probably didn't expect so much spark from someone more than 13 years older than him. Maydad's own corner had to caution him to ‚settle down‘ on a number of occasions.
And while Maydad lamented his own performance in his post fight speech it was
more than enough to win the bout.
The judges scored it 39–38, 39–37 and 40–38.
It was Shinichi's first professional match and the inexperience showed but he also had to battle the crowd support for his opponent who was also promoting the evening. He took the bout on late notice after a number of potential fighters pulled out. Although Shinichi was not technically a master the fight was for the UBC Master's belt.
That main event followed six amateur fights which included three exhibition bouts due to differences in weight.
Tanya Smith faced Rachel Parmeter in the first fight of the night and both girls gave it a good hammering, treating it as seriously as any matched fight.
Josh English beat James Conray in a unanimous points decision and then Eric Lewton defeated Sam Row in a split decision.
James Nicholson faced Eric Tang for another exo as did John Chan and Charles Saed. All fighters boxed well and showed good style.
In the only other contested amateur boxing fight of the night Ricardo Moylette beat Trian Rebeira in a very entertaining bout. Trian was arguably the more technical fighter but Ricardo's strength and power won out.
The amateur boxing was followed by five amateur kickboxing bouts, in headgear and shin guards, which were just as entertaining if not more so.
Rozi Komlos fought Jenny Lau in a fast-paced bout with both girls throwing a lot of punch-kick combinations. Rozi had Jenny on the ground one too many times in the fourth round when the referee stopped the fight.
The next match was between Mike Shocco and Tom Harvey. Mike charged into the ring and managed to swipe Tom's leg out from under him early in the first round and then repeated that manoeuvre at least nine times before Tom's corner threw the towel in at the beginning of the fourth.
Zack Horney was no match for his opponent and beat Joe Milic after the referee stopped the fight.
The contest between Sam Minervili and Kallen Richards went the distance but Kallen seemed to have the upper hand for most of the four rounds. His counter attack fed off Sam's kicks and punches and he appeared much more relaxed. Kallen won the fight but looked pretty tired in his corner at the end.
In the final bout of the night Dean McVaugh faced DJ Diroy. The fight was paused for a low blow and Dean didn't seem able to recover after that, landing on the ground five times before the fight was stopped in the fourth and final round.
by Penny Pryor
photos Hakan Saglam
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