By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former amateur champion Greg Eadie (7-0, 3 KOs) will challenge Brendan Batty (15-18, 11 KOs) for the vacant Australian 130 pound title on Friday at the Hilton Hotel, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Eadie who is the son of a former welterweight star of the 1970’s, Ross Eadie, who battled Aussie great Hector Thompson in three savage encounters. Thompson went eight rounds in world lightweight title bout against the great Roberto Duran in Panama City. On the undercard: WBO#14 heavyweight Alex Lepai (16-3-2, 12 KOs) will punch it out with 6’1, 240 pound, Japanese Masataka Takehara (6-3-1, 2 KOs) who is coming off a loss via decision to Brian Fitzgerald last Friday. 6’0 and 245 pound Lepai is trained by Noel Thornberry and was born in Samoa but is based in Australia. Promoter and matchmaker: Steve Dellar.
WBC #20 heavyweight Mark De Mori (15-1-2, 13 KOs) will return to ring action on Friday against Kevin Karusa (1-1, 1 KO) at the Italian Club in Northbridge, Perth, Western Australia. De Mori scored the biggest win of his career in 2008 when he outscored former world heavyweight contender Ed Mahone over eight rounds in New Zealand. Mahone had challenged Vitali Klitschko for the WBO heavyweight crown and had also been in action against Eddie Chambers as well as Alexander Povetkin. De Mori is in the Don King camp. Promoter: Justin Footit.
WBO #11 junior middleweight Ryan Waters (15-2-1, 9 KOs) will clash with Shannon McMahon (16-3-1, 6 KOs) at the Cronulla Leagues Club in Cronulla, NSW, Australia on Friday. Waters will be defending the WBO Oriental title. Waters is fighting in his hometown of Cronulla and is confident of defeating the former 147 pound Australian champion McMahon. World class Grange Gym 154 pounder Robert Medley (24-2) is chasing a bout with the winner. On the undercard: hot super middleweight prospect Michael Bolling (7-0, 6 KOs) will be in action against experienced William Hadlow (7-15-4, 4 KOs) over eight rounds. Promoter: Left Hook Promotions and Matchmaker: Pat Kennedy.
Australian 154 pound champion King Davidson (9-0, 5 KOs) will clash with Indonesian Aswin Cabuy (11-8-1, 4 KOs) on Thursday at the Orion Function Center in Campsie, NSW, Australia. Davidson is trained by Johnny Lewis who also trained world champions Jeff Fenech, Kostya Tszyu and Jeff Harding. He has predicted that Davidson will be his next world champion. Davidson is managed by former Australian flyweight champion Peter Mitrevski Sr. “The King will be a world champion I am sure. He has a great trainer in Johnny Lewis and also has the skills and power to go all the way to the top.”
Davidson’s best win to date was over former Australian middleweight champion Josh Clenshaw, who extended world rated junior middleweights Kevin Kelly, Nader Hamdan and Daniel Dawson. Davidson, formerly of Nigeria, held the all-African amateur championship .
Also on the same promotion Australian 140 pound champion Solomon Egberime (19-2, 10 KOs) will defend the title against popular Bobby Antonakos (11-2-1, 3 KOs) over ten rounds.
Big punching super middleweight Zac Awad (12-0, 6 KOs) will meet Shane McConville (2-0-3) over six rounds. IBO super middleweight champion Sakio Bika is also in action against Nestor Casanova of Argentina. Promoter: Fidel Tukel. Televised throughout Australia on Channel Ten One-HD television network.