Australian Action: Kennedy Claims NSW State Heavyweight Title & Sherrington Retains Australian 168 LB Strap!

24.06.07 - By Tony Pritchard - Nobbs: Sometimes you don't need the biggest names to make great fights and this was again proven at the Blacktown RSL Club in West Sydney on Friday night. Headlining a Jeff Fenech Fight Night on Fox, in a tight and hard fought battle between two blue collar heavyweights Pat Kennedy (Aust # 8) captured the vacant NSW state heavyweight championship with a majority 8 round verdict over Brian Fitzgerald (Aust # 9).

All through it was a willing one. A right hand to the temple had Fitzgerald doing the chicken dance in round two with the ropes holding him up. Gary Dean, referee, appplied a count. The bout see sawed. In round 5, right hands saw Kennedy back moving. He came back with an uppercut in round 7 that had “Fitz” in strife again. Late in the round, Pat was cut on the bridge of the nose which doctor Lou Lewis described as “superficial."

For a superficial wound there was plenty of blood! This inspired Fitzgerald who had his best round in the 8th, which was also the best round of the fight. Kennedy ended looking worse for wear with the nose still “leaking” and the left eye swollen. Fitzgerald looked to try and save energy in the middle rounds but had he pressured like he did at the finish, would have got the nod.

Scores: 76-76 and 76-75 and 77-75. Eastside had it 76-75 with the 2 point round 2 the difference.

Neither man have one punch power and both have sound beards which allowed for a crowd pleaser. Kennedy's jab was his best weapon. He is trained by unsung veteran Artie Armstrong in Newcastle while Fitzgerald, a last start winner over John Hopoate by a disputed 6 round decision, is trained by Wayne Hunt in West Sydney. Pat, 32, is now 14-3, 7 KO's while Fitz,30, dips to an unflattering looking 2-5-1, 1 KO after winning his last 2. He is much better than the stats suggest. Late last year he gave now US based Bowie Topou a tough 6 rounder that some thought he edged. He also lost to Topou in Bowie's debut.

Rematch? Yes please!

Former national 154 lb champ, West Sydney's Gary Comer (Aust # 3 jnr middle) won a 6 round decision over NZ journeyman Paz Veijo in a middleweight affair. Paz always tries, but with a bit more assertiveness could have got this one as Comer had a Joe.

Ex Australian jnr welterweight and IBO regional 147 lb champ Matt Paulley (Aust # 5) had to much skill for hard trying Filipino Jun Geraldino winning a points decision, unanimously at welter. Geraldino, from the improving Bohol Stable, landed some solid shots and kept coming but Paulley, from West Sydney, was generally a step ahead. Paulley cut on left cheek in round 3 and corner of right eye round 5.

Benny Fetilika (Aust # 9), a late sub, knocked out former Balmain and South Sydney rugby league first grader Garth Wood at 47 seconds of round 4, light heavyweights. Fetilika, brother in law of Kali Meehan, was in a spot of bother in round two and Wood was winning the third also when Benny landed a loaded up right hand with a bit over 20 seconds remaining. Wood made it through the round but ref Ian Fear expressed concern. In round four a left hook stiffened Garth before a short right put him down again. RSC immediately with Wood's trainer, Billy Hussein in the ring straight away. Garth looked capable enough and should not be too discouraged as Dean Robinson trained Benny can whack and has faced nationally rated opponents.

Malua Tipi, a former Samoan Rugby Union international, back pedaled his way to a points win over David Levi, 4 rounds, heavyweights. Sydney's Levi has some talent but drastically needs to improve his work rate. A nice win for Tipi, out pointed by Les Mason on debut.

Sydney's Nick Xipolitas won a comfortable 4 round decision over debuting Queenslander Wes Bau at super middle and Sydney's come backing Brett Smith needed 30 seconds to beat NZ's Pati Pati Tua, heavyweights. A smashing southpaw left uppercut on the nose all that was needed.

Match Maker: Angelo Hyder

Fox commentators: Andy Raymond & Jeff Fenech (promoter).

Meanwhile at the Convention Center in Townsville, North Queensland on Saturday night, dynamite super middleweight Young Les Sherrington (15-4, 9 whacks) retained his Australian title with a 1st round TKO of # 6 contender Shaun Quagiliotto (4-3, 3 KO's). “Sherro”, in his second reign, has been based on the Gold Coast his entire career but is a Townsville product originally. Quagliotto is also from Townsville.

In another battle between locals, the very promising Fred Mundraby
(Aust #2 / 4-0, 2 KO's)) won the vacant Australian bantamweight title with a 2 round TKO of Leigh Lindgren (Aust # 4 @ 122 / 2-3, 1 KO). Mundraby, born in Yarrabah, NQ, now fights out of nearby Cairns and looked great winning the state title defeating Matt Merideth in March. He's a genuine nice kid and with the right dedication could make an impact internationally!

Former state cruiserweight champion Garth Murray (Aust # 7), from Townsville won a 6 round UD over Iggy Mc Gowan from NSW.

NSW's Mathew Guthrie got his 1st win after 6 losses when he stopped local Andrew Pollock in round 6, cruiserweights.

Nathan Harmon, Townsville won a split decision over 4 against Victorian Paul Bourke also at cruiserweight.

Promoter: Dennis Clancey.

Article posted on 25.06.2007

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