Fletcher dethrones Mwetupunga to claim Australian Middleweight title
In his first national title challenge, Jarrod Fletcher put on a boxing clinic as he outpointed reigning Australian middleweight titlist Tito Mwetupunga in an unsatisfying yet efficient performance over ten-rounds at The Melbourne Pavilion – Victoria’s home of championship boxing on Friday night.
Mwetupunga, 35, who was aiming to make his fifth successful title defence, spent most of the fight chasing a strangely passive Jarrod Fletcher around the ring. Fletcher, 28, boxed well from a distance as he appeared to outscore the defending champion with relative ease en route to a unanimous-decision victory before a sell-out crowd on what was Fox Sports second broadcast for the year.
Ramadan sees off a gallant Graf in world title eliminator
Fight of the Night honours were guaranteed when Susie Ramadan saw off a gallant challenge from Alesia Graf and picked up the WBC Female International Bantamweight Title – winning a highly controversial split points decision that gave more questions than answers in the semi main event of the televised four-fight card.
Ramadan, now 22-1 (8 KOs), got the fight going at her pace early, keeping her distance and trying to stay away from Graf’s signature body shots.
The fight was a close, hard-fought battle that went back and forth from the opening bell. Graf appeared to be wearing the slicker and heavily favoured Ramadan down and appeared to have a close but comfortable lead going into the final round.
However, Ramadan managed to do enough to stay ahead on two of the judges scorecards and after a lengthy delay for the scorecards – was ultimately awarded the controversial decision.
A clearly disappointed Graf, now 25-3 (10 KOs), expressed her disgust at the decision going against her afterward and later asked for a rematch. If a second fight between the two of them could be made – I think they would be a lot more fanfare around it and deservedly so.
Jerkic knocks out Kanth in 53 seconds
The precursor to the two big-titles fights was the highly anticipated showdown between undefeated Indigenous prospect Rocky Jerkic and Sri-Lankan hard nut Dinesh Kanth. Because of their aggressive styles and seek-and-destroy mentalities, many of the hardcore boxing fans were excited about this matchup.
And after all of 53 seconds later – you could see why.
erkic, 24, was expected to get past Kanth, but there were a lot of people within the industry tipping a Kanth upset, by knockout. This was mainly for the fact that he was a significant step up in class for Jerkic and also because plain and simple – Kanth has knockout power in both hands.
After a series of left-hooks and devastating right-hands, Kanth, 30, was shaken once, floored twice and was left laying unconscious with Jerkic making a statement that no-one could have possibly expected – all inside of one round.
The delivery of the knockout was brutal and served as a tidy reminder for a career that had thus far, been built on promise and comparisons alone. The fact that Jerkic, now 3-0 (2 KOs), was able to execute a game-plan so well against his toughest opponent to date in near perfect fashion makes this victory all the more impressive.
After the highlight-reel knockout, Jerkic stated that he intends to remain busy in 2012 and will be looking at dropping down to light-middleweight, where he has the potential to make some serious noise.
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