Masoe & Leapai Score KO's!

30.06.07 - By Tony Nobbs: Former WBA middleweight champion Maselino Masoe and stablemate and fellow Samoan Alex Leapai scored predictable knockout victories at the Brisbane Convention Center on Friday night on a promotion also featuring six State of Origin Legend boxing bouts.

Masoe defeated Thailand opponent Denchapon Suwanalird in round four of a super middleweight contest set for eight. The lanky Denchapon gave a reasonable account of himself, taking the second round on each score card, as the shock punching “Mase” casually bided his time. Masoe started warming up in round three after getting hit with a low punch and unleashed solid body shots. Two knockdowns early in round four, both left hooks down stairs, and it was over with Denchapon counted out at 41 seconds. Masoe's trainer – manager Noel Thornberry is hoping to get his veteran charge fighting each month.

Leapai took just two rounds to take care of Jason Reddy from New Zealand in a heavyweight stoush. Reddy went well early, showing signs of being a capable fighter, but a late sub, didn't take long to slow, with Reddy on the deck at the bell of round one after a left – right - left. In the second, Leapai scored with consecutive right hands and fight was over at 2.13. Scheduled for six.

In the football fights, all went the scheduled 3 x 1 ½ minute durations.

In the main event between Origin Greats, Queensland second rower Trevor Gillmeister out pointed NSW fullback Gary Jack in a quite willing affair. The decision definitely could have gone the other way, but in a close and hard fought slug, the home state fighter sealed his teams overall victory 4 wins to 2.

Origin whistle blower Bill Harrigan (NSW) beat Chris Mc Ginty (Qld).

Ben Ikin (Qld) beat Matt Sears

Jamie Goddard (Qld) beat Scott Wilson (NSW)

Peter Ryan (Qld) beat Chris Johns (NSW)

Brett Mullins (NSW) beat Adrian Vowles (Qld).

A pre matched clash that featured to be a humdinger was off when NSW's tough Tony Butterfield injured his hand last week moving trees after the heavy storms and withdrew, leaving Queensland hard man Kevin Campian with out a match.

It must also be noted that Sears took his fight on ten days notice, McGinty and Wilson on two days call up and all Origin participants on the night should be congratulated. Proceeds from the show going to Marty Jackson Cancer Foundation.

Promoter: Noel Thornberry in conjuction with Terry Cooke and Mark Hohn.

Article posted on 30.06.2007

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