In a highly anticipated rematch of their October 2012 draw, billed as “Unfinished Business”, Adrian Taihia came out on top after ten close rounds against Gunnar Jackson to capture the vacant World Boxing Federation Oceania Super Middleweight title on Friday, April 5, at the ABA Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.
In front of a sell-out crowd, both boxers started the bout boxing behind the jab, but it wasn’t long before big punches were being thrown and half-way through the fight it was a very even contest on the scorecards, with Taihia leading by one point on two cards and the third having it all even.
From the sixth round on Taihia gained more momentum, but the game Jackson never gave up and often rallied back to make the rounds close. Entering the tenth and final stanza, it was anybody’s guess who was ahead and both warriors tried to knock the other man out right up to the final bell.
As the bell rang Jackson and Taihia collapsed into each other’s arms in respect of the tough battle that had just taken place. The final scores were 96-95, 97-94 and 98-93, all in favor of Taihia who could deservedly enjoy the cheers of the crowd while WBF supervisor Rick Bushell strapped the championship belt around his waist.
The new champion improved his professional record to 9-1-2 (4), while Jackson dropped to 15-4-3 (5) but won a lot of support in the crowd for his excellent performance. Both boxers deserved plenty of respect for a fast-paced, clean and entertaining fight.
The show, which featured the first World Boxing Federation title fight in New Zealand, was promoted by Craig Thompson and his CTP Boxing.