Carr Claims ‘Bragging Rights’ Over Mulivai
It was Jake Carr who kept that record alive with a successful defence of his Australian Super Middleweight title, unanimously outpointing Dane Mulivai and handing out his first defeat as a professional.
Mulivai came into the much anticipated match with a record of 4-0 with all 4 wins coming by KO. There was plenty of talk about his power, some even suggested he is the hardest hitter in the country.
Carr seemed wary of Mulivai from the opening bell, but at the same time took the fight to the dangerous challenger and racked up the points.
He seemed content to sit on the back foot for the duration of the 10 round contest and display his boxing pedigree, rather than attack from the front foot as he has done in previous fights.
The game plan proved to be a good one, and Carr executed perfectly, not dropping a single round on the judges’ scorecards, which read 100-90, 100-91, 100-90.
Carr improves his record to 8-0, 3KOs, and looks possibly to a fight with Renold Quinlan, also 8-0, 4KOs, who has expressed interest in facing the second generation national champion.
Balla Too Much For Tzouramanis
The semi main event seen promising young talent Qamil Balla make the first defence of his Australian Light Welterweight strap, with a victory over Terry Tzouramanis.
After a feeling out process in the opening rounds, Balla took control with a perfectly timed left hook in round 3 that sat Tzouramanis on his back side. He was able to recover, but was outclassed by the quicker and more enthusiastic young fighter.
Tzouramanis tried all he could to upset Balla, but after multiple warnings for holding and wrestling, referee Jim Boland deducted a point from Tzouramanis in the 8th round.
After the scheduled 10 rounds, scorecards read 97-91, 98-90, 99-89.
Unlucky.. Again, For Colomban
Having three failed attempts at an Australian title, Samuel Colomban was hoping to claim the vacant Australian Welterweight crown, but was once again unsuccessful, going down via split decision to Rivan Cesaire.
On paper this fight between former Commonwealth Games teammates looked as though it would be a thrilling encounter, yet it never reached any great heights in centre ring.
Following 10 rounds of close but not so stimulating boxing, scores were 92-98, 97-94, 97-93 to name Cesaire the new Australian Welterweight champion.
Also on the card, Kane Watts claimed the Victorian Cruiserweight title, outpointing James Emerson, 80-72, 79-74, 80-72. Sam Ah See outclassed Mike Esgandari over 6 rounds, scores were 60-54, 59-55, 59-54.
On the untelevised portion of the card, Ibraham Balla captured the Victorian Super Bantamweight title with a 2nd round TKO over Thongthai Rajannondh.
Czar Amonsot also scored his fifth consecutive stoppage victory, with a TKO in round 3 over Thong Por Chokchai to retain his PABA Light Welterweight title.
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