Last night, Townsville boxers Josh King, Mark Flanagan, Ryan Heck and Jamie Allison all enjoyed victories at the RSL Stadium.
Josh King defeated Thailand’s Chaiyong Sithsaithong in a hard fought 12 round battle to claim the WBO Oriental Lightweight championship.
Decked out in a cowboy hat, a cape and sunglasses that looked like something Daft Punk would wear, Sithsaithong danced his way to the ring. King’s approach was a little more standard.
The initial rounds would see both men move around the ring, jabbing and attempting to work the other out. It was King who established the upper hand early with stiff jabs and sharp combinations.
As the fighters warmed into the contest, action intensified and good exchanges were delivered by both.
In round 6, the crowd would erupt as the local backed Sithsaithong onto the ropes and landed with a combination of punches that put him on the canvas. The tough Thai sprung to his feet and answered the count.
The rounds following the knockdown would be the best for the visitor as he landed with good punches and had King on the back foot for almost the first time of the clash.
The championship rounds would arrive and with both athletes in superior physical condition, the crowd were on their feet as the warriors finished the gruelling battle toe to toe, swinging with all they had.
After 12 rounds of action the judges’ scorecards read 118-111, 116-111 and 118-109, all in favour of King.
The semi main event would see Mark Flanagan score a 5th round TKO victory over seasoned Ghanaian, Ayitey Powers.
Flanagan controlled the fight from the first bell with jabs and solid body punching. Round 3 would see Powers land his most significant punch of the fight, a big right hand. The local took the punch well and continued to control.
Despite Powers doing all he could to upset Flanagan’s rhythm, which included a little dance and showboating, Flanagan remained calm and patient. Flanagan would eventually land a left hook in round 5 that dropped Powers to the floor, as the referee counted, Powers’ corner stopped the fight.
Flanagan became just the 6th person to stop Powers in his 42 fight career.
Ryan Heck continued his winning ways as he outpointed Brisbane based Filipino Michael Dan over 6 rounds. Heck dictated throughout the contest as all three judges scored the bout 60-54.
Jamie Allison and Travis Barton would battle over an evenly fought 4 rounds. Allison came away with a majority decision victory.