Australian Boxing: Geale, Zappa, Dib Win

By Tony Nobbs: In a non title ten rounder, IBO middleweight champion Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale had a qick night in the oiffice, scoring a knockkout at 1.58 of the first stanza over Canada’s late replacement Ian Mac Killiop – headlining a Pay Per View card at The Cube in Campbelltown, Sydney West on Wednesday night. Mac Killop was shaken by a right hand in the opening minute and was soon puring blood from his nose after a clash of heads. A left hook dropped the veteran from Montreal and he was counted out..

Hardly a warm up for Geale, boxrec # 5,WBC # 12, IBF # 14, who is pencilled in to face ex two time WBA 168 lb “regular” champ Anthony Mundine, boxrec # 4, WBA # 1, on May 27. Not that it was Mac Killop’s fault. He was called in late last week for Ghana’s James Obede Toney and had not fought since January ‘08, losing three of his previous four by knockout.

In the main support, Lenny Zappavigna, boxrec # 47, again looked something special, dominating former IBF/IBO 130 pound champion Gairy St Clair for 12 rounds, retaining the IBF 140 lb Pan Pacific strap. Zappa fought with controlled aggression , working the body and connnecting with hard rights, with St Clair spending much of the fight on the ropes. St Clair did open up in round seven and their was a good exchange at the bell, but each round followed a similar pattern. Scores were 120-107, 120 – 108, 119-109. My tab: 120 -108.

Talented Solomon “Solo Man” Haumono , ANBF # 3, boxrec # 110, got by his toughest test, winning the last two rounds to snatch a ten round draw against two time Australian and OPBF champion Col Wilson, ANBF # 6.

There have been many negative coments about Haumon’s performance but the positives are he dug to win the last two heats against an opponent who has been to well many times before.

Sol looked to have difficulty with Col’s southpaw stance but when he did plant and throw the right hand he was able to catch the big Queenslander flush. 

Sol has the skill to go to next level but will need more aggression if he is to make it. Sores: 96-95, Wilson, 96-94, Haumono, 95-95 even. My tab: 95-95.

Recent IBO 130 lb champ and WBO 126 lb title challenger Bily “The Kid” Dib, boxrec #20, IBF # 14, won the WBC Youth featherweight belt with a technical decision over previously un defeated “Dynamite” Davey Browne, WBC # 34.

Dib, from Hurstville, in Sydney, looked to improve – at least he was much motre agressive against the 180 cm Campbelltown fighter. Browne is tough and fought hard but was out gunned physically and ability wise. He was cut over the both eyes, once by a punch. The fight was stopped on the first cut, caused by a hed clash. It looked Dib was heading for a stoppage win although Browne was dangerous with straight punches as Billy jumped in.

The scores were some how split: 69-65, 68-65 , for Dib, 67-66 for Browne. My tab: 70-63 Dib.

In the opening six rounder, Solomon Egberime, former National Welterweight champion and curent ANBF # 3, boxrec # 99 at 140, looked good in out slicking Indonesia’s former 126 lb champ Moses Seran. Other fighters weighed a little over the 140 lb limit. After the fight Egberime called out Zappavigna, Lance Gostelow, and Lovemore Ndou.

“They all start with L. For them, L means Loss” he said.

Article posted on 16.03.2009

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