A very vocal Townsville crowd packed the Entertainment Centre last night to witness local Mark ‘Bam Bam’ Flanagan be crowned the new Australian Cruiserweight champion, as he defeated former two time champion Daniel Ammann in a very hard fought 10 round battle.
Flanagan expected the toughest fight of his career leading into the contest, and it with was all that and then some, as the tough and rugged Ammann threw all he could at the Townsville fighter.
‘Bam Bam’, on a four fight KO win streak, scored well with right hands against the awkward southpaw throughout the contest, but Ammann showed great durability to not only take the power punches, but fire back and score with many of his own.
After 10 back and forth rounds, judge Phil Austin scored the bout 96-95 in favour of Ammann, and the crowd went nervously quiet.
Chris Condon then scored it 97-95 in favour of Flanagan and the crowd waited in anticipation for the final judge’s scorecard.
They would erupt as Allan Burford’s score of 97-93 was read out to give Flanagan the split point’s decision and the Australian title belt.
Flanagan’s record improves to 16-4, 10KOs, and the victory sets up a possible showdown with Anthony Mundine stable mate David Aloua, in which Flanagan said, “I think Australia would love to see it, let’s do it.”
NQ Successful On Undercard
The undercard was also a great success for North Queensland boxing, as Zorran Cassady, Kolby Johnston, Dean Thomas and Ryan Heck all enjoyed victories.
Ingham Welterweight Zorran Cassady opened the show on debut, as he boxed his way to a majority decision over Thailand’s Arnon Yuchareon. Scores were 38-38, 39-37, 40-36.
Scorecards were not needed for the next bout, as Mt Isa born, Townsville based Light Middleweight Kolby Johnston made his debut with a spectacular first round KO over Pramool Boonpok. Johnston put his opponent down early with a vicious body shot, then shortly after finished the fight.
Dean Thomas boxed impressively in his debut to score a unanimous decision over Paitoon Jaikom, with all judges scoring it 40-36.
Ryan Heck improved his record to 5-1-1, with a unanimous decision over the extremely tough Dean Purdon. All scores read 40-36, but Purdon was acknowledged and congratulated in the ring for taking the fight on short notice after fighting on Wednesday night, and having an MMA fight last Saturday.
The semi main event seen Deception Bay’s Jason Cooper and Sydneysider Robert Lerio have their third and deciding match, with Cooper claiming victory in a very exciting 8 round bout. The scores read 79-73, 78-73, 77-75.