Townsville Lightweight Josh King has retained his WBO Oriental title, as well as added the WBO Asia Pacific title to his cabinet, with a victory over Argentina’s Xavier Castillo at the Aitkenvale PCYC Saturday night.
The victory for King, now 18-3, 8KOs, didn’t come easy, with Castillo giving the Townsville boxer his toughest fight to date over the full 12 rounds.
Castillo may have been in unfamiliar territory, having his first fight outside of his home of Argentina, but his team had done their research and he used all the tricks in the book to take the fight to the local.
Boasting a large reach advantage Castillo did well to use it throughout the contest, keeping King at range with solid jabs.
King however was able to adapt and find success with rights and eventually score with some of his signature body shots.
After a tight and furious 12 rounds, with the local sporting a cut and both eyes swollen shut, the crowd, somewhat tense, waited in anticipation for the judge’s verdict.
The scorecards read 116-112, 114-114, 116-113, and much to the delight of the crowd it was in favour of King, handing the local a Majority decision victory.
With this hard earned victory it’s believed that the proud North Queensland product is now set to display his skills in an overseas bout, with news to be announced in the coming weeks.
The undercard saw a successful night for other local boxers, with Jordan Gee Hoy, Kolby Johnston, and Chris Khan all notching up victories.
Gee Hoy scored a unanimous points decision over Matt Te Paa in their 6 round Light Middleweight contest. Scorecards read 58-56, 60-54, 59-57.
Light Middleweight prospect Kolby Johnston improved his record to 4-0 ,3KOs with a 1st round TKO over Luke Akauola.
Debutant Chris Khan began his professional campaign with a 3rd round TKO over fellow local Travis Barton in the Super Middleweight division.