25.02.07 – By Tony Nobbs: The WBA – PABA middleweight title remains vacant after a nasty cut over the left eye of Gold Coast boxer Gavin Topp was ruled to serious by ringside doctor Ron Findlay for the fight to continue before boxing action started in the fourth round in his bout with Filipino Nonoy Gonzales at Southport RSL on Friday night. Topp suffered two cuts in the second round with the more serious seeing Findlay call referee Derek Milham to stop the contest, which was shaping up to be a repeat of their epic at Tweed Heads in May last year, won by Topp by decision.
Topp boxed smartly through the fight and hurt Gonzales early in the second with a terrific shot to the body. However, this spurred Nonoy on and the import came back chasing a back moving Top who countered well, but also took some clean shots. While Gavin had success downstairs, as he did in the first fight, his head punches had little effect on Gonzales who repeatedly allowed the former Australian junior middleweight boxing champion to fire away, only to call him on for more and come back strongly.
Topp lead by 30-27, 30-27 and 30-28. Under PABA rules four rounds have to be completed for the score cards to be called in.
The eye was so bad that legend cut man Billy Colledge had trouble stemming the flow of blood down the side of Topp’s face.
In the main support bout, WBC womens world featherweight champion Sharon Anyos got off the deck to win a unanimous and deserved six round decision over Thailand’s Satraleek Paradorngym in a non title affair.
The Coast’s Golden Girl Sharon, who officially scaled 128.75 lb, 4.5 more than her opponent had a decided weight advantage by fight time and was too strong and experienced for Satraleek who showed plenty of class and toughness and at the right weight could be a force to be reckoned with! A short right flush on the chin briefly deposited “The Wild Thing” on the canvas early in round two. Soon after the Thai had a point deducted for holding.
Scores were 60-54, 59-54 and 59-54.
Afterwards Sharon said that she had dedicated the win to young and popular fight fan Dale Ferguson who passed away from cancer on this day. Her usual trainer Lovemore Ndou could not be in her corner and she was looked after on the night by father-mentor Les and brother Brian.
In another title bout that ended in a technical draw, local William “Hardcore” Hadlow was ruled out due to a cut in the fourth round of his scheduled eight with Brisbane southpaw George Livaditas. Scores 39-37 Livaditas and 38-38, 38-38. Majority draw.
18 year old Gold Coaster Jasmine Ward made her pro debut a success taking home the Queensland super bantamweight belt, scoring a hard fought six round nod over 36 year old former Aussie champion Edith Smith. “Queen Jazz”, a gym mate of Sharon Anyos had 21 amateur fights for 17 wins and claimed one Australian title in the non paid ranks. Scores: 59-57, 58-56 and 58-56, unanimous.
In a scheduled six at heavyweight, Samoan puncher Alex Leapai, from the Noel Thornberry Gym in Gatton, Queensland scored a five round stoppage of New Zealand trial horse Oscar Talameira. Leapai was always in control of a slow paced stoush.
In the show opener, Filipino improver Junmar Dulog, from the Bohol stable in Sydney, scored a four round unanimous verdict over Gold Coast pro debuter Lowen Hardy, junior welterweights. Scores: 40-36, 40-37, 39-37. Dulog has how won four straight after a tough start to his career that saw him winless after five bouts. Hardy proved tough enough but had difficulty with the southpaw stance of Junmar. Overall, a terrific effort by both.
Promoter: Jamie Myer.