Undefeated Australian boxer Blake Caparello 16-0-1 secured an important win last week over game Argentinean Jorge Rodriguez Olivera 24-6 in front of a packed house at the Croation Club in Fotscray, Melbourne. In the process Caparello was crowned WBA PABA light-heavyweight champion.
Caparello took control early in the fight with fast hands and impressive combinations while Olivera picked his shots carefully with threatening left hooks and right hands. Mid rounds both fighters stood centre ring calling each other on and trading body shots in what turned out to be a fascinating fight. As the fight move into the later rounds is was clear the Australian had the better work rate and cleaner punches and the result was a clean sweep on the official scorecards.
Trainer Sam Labruna was pleased with Caparello’s performance and had this to say about the fight, “I think the win was cautious but calculated. Blake had 6 stiches from a head clash in sparring 4 weeks out from the fight so our preparation was not ideal and we knew Olivera was not to be underestimated so it’s pleasing Blake performed so well.”
Caparello’s co-manager Brendan Bourke stated, “Olivera was a tough fighter and he’s very experienced having twice as many fights as us so we made sure Blake did the little things right and we secured this important win.” Mr Bourke continued, “Blake is only going to improve from here under the watchful eye of Sam Labruna and we will continue to take these tougher type of fights to make sure we are ready when that big fight is offered.”
When asked what’s next for Caparello Mr Bourke replied, “I will sit down with Blake’s trainer and we will map out a plan to decide what’s next. I know Sam is working on a few different things in the gym and Blake is responding so it’s time for another test. We hope after this important victory that Blake will be ranked somewhere in the WBA after picking up the PABA title and that should open the doors for bigger fights.”