My First Live Fight Night (Danny Green v Shane Cameron - IBO Cruiserweight World Title)
Seeing as the list of sports I follow around the world keeps growing and growing, together with the fact that I love having a bet, it was only a matter of time before I discovered the aging sport of boxing. It's becoming quite the popular opinion that boxing is in fact a dying sport, and although it's a well-known fact that it's not as popular as it once was, if last night's spectacle was anything to go by, there's enough life left in it for a while yet.
I've been lucky enough to attend many a Boxing Day test match (including great match-ups against England and India), AFL football finals, ANZAC Day AFL matches, Australian Open tennis matches, A-League football matches, baseball games, car racing, and horse racing. And in terms of atmosphere, last night's Green v Cameron fight was right up there!
Green impressed a raucous home crowd and defeated Kiwi Shane Cameron by unanimous decision (116-113, 116-112, 119-109) to regain the IBO Cruiserweight belt. The first half of the fight was fairly even, but Green outpunched the larger Cameron on route to his 33rd career win. The win became even more impressive when it came out after the fight that Green was fighting with a broken rib! The win obviously meant a lot to Green who said after the fight “I’ve been through the tough times and I’ve been knocked out. It’s an amazing result to have the belt back around my waist.” But he was giving nothing away regarding his retirement. When asked if he would be back to defend his title, he replied “I’m going to be an Aussie and get on the cans with the boys.” I think he deserves that…
The undercard results were as follows:
· Will Thomlinson defeated Irving Berry by unanimous decision (IBO Super-featherweight World Title – Over 12 Rounds)
A bloodied "Wild" Will Thomlinson defeated upstart Panamanian Irving Berry by unanimous decision (120-105, 117-108, 119-106). Thomlinson’s record now stand at an impressive impressive 20-0-1. Thomlinson dominated much of the fight and I though Irving did a very good job of hanginf in until the final bell. Thomlinson said after the fight “He was a real awkward dude and very slippery. We thought we had a game plan to stop that, but it was a scrappy fight and I apologize for that.”
· Brad Pitt defeated Mosese Sorovi by TKO in the 3rd Round (Over 6 Rounds)
Brad “Hollywood” Pitt remains undefeated after recording a TKO victory over Mosese Sorovi. The win was his 13th out of 13 fights and 10th by KO. The 42-year old smaller man (Sorovi) started off best, but Pitt eventually worked him over until the referee called an end to the fight 2:22 into the 3rd round after Pitt had landed quite a few powerful punches. Brad is now expected to make a title bid next year, possibly against Danny Green.
· Brandon Ogilvie defeated Anthony Taylor by majority decision (Over 6 Rounds)
Perth-trained Brandon Ogilvie beat Anthony Taylor by majority decision (57-57, 59-57, 59-57) in a close, well-fought bout.
· Jeremy Van Diemen defeated Lyndon Edney by forfeit in the 3rd Round (Over 6 Rounds)
Jeremy Van Diemen (also from Perth) defeated local hope Lyndon Edney when Edney’s corner was forced to throw in the towel in the 3rd round. Van Diemen had a fair bit of height on Edney, and the smaller man was never really in it.
· Jake Carr defeated Dinesh Kanth by TKO in the 2nd Round (Over 4 Rounds)
Highly rated youngster Jake Carr defeated Sri Lankan-born Dinesh Kanth quite easily, with the referee calling and end to the fight 59 seconds into the 2ndround.
· Bashir Sadiq defeated Mark Galea by TKO in the 3rd Round (Over 4 Rounds)
Afghan-born Bashir Sadiq won his debut bout by defeating Mark Galea in the opening fight of the night.