By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian boxing finished on a high note on December 2nd in Sydney when former WBA light heavyweight champion Danny Green (27-3, 25 KOs) scored a major upset in stopping boxing legend Roy Jones Jr (54-6, 40 KOs) in round one with a live gate of 18,000 fight fans with the IBO cruiserweight title on the line.The Jones camp has protested the win stating illegal bandages were used on Green. Green Machine Promotions are negotiating to bring Future Hall Of Famer Bernard Hopkins to Australia for a million dollar pay day in 2010. Green trained by Angelo Hyder
Also in December WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (33-2-1, 27 KOs) retained the championship by scoring a knockout in two rounds over Tomas Rojas (32-11-1) in Rancho Mirage, California. Darchinyan had dropped a twelve round decision to Joseph Agbeko (26-1) in IBF bantamweight challenge in July. Jorge Arce (51-4-1) was stopped in eleven rounds by Darchinyan in February with the WBC/WBA/IBF titles up for grabs. Darchinyan is promoted by Gary Shaw.
WBA #2 heavyweight Kali Meehan (35-3, 29 KOs) was inactive during 2009 but will meet Ruslan Chagaev (25-1-1, 17 KOs) for the right to meet the WBA champion David Haye in 2010. Meehan is managed by Don King and trained by Mark Jansen.
Former WBC champion Oliver McCall made short work of Australian John Hopoate in Las Vegas, Nevada when he stopped John Hopoate in two rounds in May. Hopoate had captured the Australian heavyweight title by defeating Bob Mirovic. Hopoate had scored a stoppage win over American Cliff Couser in 2009. Hopoate is trained by Dino Billinghurst.
Former WBA 168 pound champion Anthony Mundine (37-3, 23 KOs) scored a disputed twelve round split decision over Daniel Geale (22-1,13KO’s) with IBO 160 pound title up for grabs in Brisbane, Queensland on May 27. Most boxing writers at ringside had Geale a clear winner. There was a IBO ruling for Mundine to give IBF #8 Geale a rematch but he declined vacating the championship. Mundine will challenge for vacant IBO 154 pound title on January 11, 2010 against Robert Medley. Geale is chasing a shot with IBF champion Sebastain Sylvester in 2010. Geale is trained by Graham Shaw and promoted by the Grange Gym.
IBO 168 pound champion Sakio Bika (28-3-2, 19 KOs) had only one fight during 2009 when he scored a knockout in round one over Nestor Casanova in July. IBF #4 Bika won the Contender Series in 2007 when he defeated Jaidon Codrington. He has boxed the best including Joe Calzaghe and Lucian Bute.
IBF and WBC rated middleweight Sam Soliman (37-11, 15 KOs) returned to ring action with seven round stoppage of Thai Sintung Kietbusaba (11-6) in August and in October was impressive in stopping Australian super middleweight champion Les Piper (10-3-3) also in seven rounds. Soliman holds wins over several world rated boxers including Sakio Bika.He is trained by Dave Hedgecock. He is chasing a shot at IBF champion Sebastian Sylvester.
WBA rated light heavyweight Tim Bell (17-5-1, 13 KOs) scored three wins in 2009 – he outpointed Walter Pupua in July, he stopped Kane McKay in May and outscored Sonni Michael Angelo in March. He is trained by Kieth Ellis.
WBA and IBF rated 168-pounder Les Sherrington (24-5, 16 KOs) scored his best win in November when he stopped Shannon Taylor in five rounds. He also defeated Joel Bourke in eight in September. Stopped Glen Fitzpatrick in six in June and outscored Kashif Mumtaz in May.
IBF rated 168-pounder Shannon Taylor (49-8-3, 35 KOs) lost to Anthony Mundine on points in February and Les Sherrington stopped him in November. He stopped Kiatchai Singwancha in round one in May. Taylor took Arthur Abraham twelve round distance in IBF 160 pound title bout in 2006.
Robert Medley (27-2, 17 KOs) is scheduled to clash with Anthony Mundine on January 11 in Sydney with the IBO 154 title up for grabs. There are many predicting Medley will score an upset win at this weight. He is trained by Graham Shaw and promoted by the Grange Gym.
Former IBF 140 pound champion Lovemore Ndou (47-11-2, 31 KOs) captured the IBO 147 pound title in July when he outscored Philip Ndou in Gauteng, South Africa. He retained the championship in November when he was awarded a twelve round draw against Mathew Hatton at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke, Staffordshire, England. Former world champion Ricky Hatton stated in Australia recently he was interested in fighting Ndou in 2010.
WBO 135 pound interim champion Michael Katsidis (26-2, 21 KOs) defeated Vincent Escobedo (21-1) in September by a twelve round split decision. In April he stopped former world champion Jesus Chavez (44-4) in eight rounds. Angel Hugo Ramirez (19-4-2) was outpointed over ten rounds in January. Katsidis trained by Brendan Smith
Former IBO 130 pound champion Billy Dib (24-1, 12 KOs) is chasing IBF 126 pound champion Cristobel Cruz. Dib featured in one of the best fights for the year when he defeated Davey Browne for the IBF Pan Pacific Youth title with his good friend Shane Mosley sitting ringside. Dib’s best win to date was a one sided points win over world rated Rogers Mtagwa in Madison Square Garden. Did trained by Billy Hussein
Jackson Asiku (26-3, 14 KOs) captured the IBO 126 pound title when he defeated tough Mexican Heriberto Ruiz (42-8-2) by stoppage in eight rounds. Asiku had another good win in 2009 when he became the first man to stop Gairy St Calire in nine rounds in April to win IBF Australasian title. St Claire had been the distance with Amir Khan and Vivian Harris. Asiku trained by Craig Christian
Australian based Filipino Ranee Ganoy (29-11, 25 KOs) scored knockout wins over importations Kongthawat Sorkitti by TKO1, Guillermo Mosquera by KO4 in October, Roy Manihuruk by KO3 in August and Heri Andriyanto by TKO5 in July. Mosquera holds a win over IBO champion Lovemore Ndou. Ganoy promoted by the Grange Gym and trained by Graham Shaw.
Former Australian amateur and professional champion Will Tomlinson (10-1, 10 KOs) was impressive in stopping American Verquan Kimbrough (21-2-3) of the USA on the undercard of the Jones v Green on December 2nd. Tomlinson is trained by Lincoln Hudson and promoted by BHS Gym. He is one of Australia’s best prospects.
Australian based Nigerian Oywale Omotoso (15-0, 13 KOs) won the OPBF welterweight title by stopping Korean Hwan – Young Park (22-4) in November but scored his best win over veteran American Emanuel Augustus (38-30-6) when he stopped him in nine rounds in Augustus. Augustus had been nine rounds with pound for pound great Floyd Mayweather. Promoted by Murray Thompson.
WBO rated 122-pounder Daniel Iannazzo (15-0, 4 KOs) scored wins over importations Mohammad Nor Rizan by TKO2 in August, Panya Sithromchai by TKO1 in July and Flash Villacura by points in June. Iannazzo is promoted by Brian Amatruda.
Australian welterweight Heath Ellis (12-1-1, 6 KOs) is the nephew of former world IBF 130 pound champion Lester Ellis. Heath challenged Anthony Mundine in 2009. In December Heath defeated Aswin Cabuy of Indonesia who holds a win over former WBO rated Samuel Colomban.
IBF rated 140 pounder Lenny Zappavigna (22-0, 15 KOs) made his USA debut in December outpointing Sergio Macias (14-18-1) in a one sided bout. Zappavigna scoreed five wins during 2009 including a shutout decision win over former world champion Gairy St Clair. Zappavigna promoted by Gary Shaw and trained by Tommy Mecure.
WBO rated 140 pounder Lance Gostelow (20-2, 14 KOs) scored three wins over importations in 2009 including one sided twelve round points win over former Commonwealth welterweight champion Fatai Onikeke (23-3). He also reversed a previous loss when he outpointed Thai Somchai Nakbalee (12-6-1). He is trained by Ray Giles and promoted by Brian Amatruda.
WBO rated 140 pounder Steven Wills (13-0-2, 7 KOs) defeated classy Chad Bennett (24-3-3) by TKO4 in December which was his best win to date. In October he stopped Sataporn Singwancha (19-7-1) and in July knocked out Pratet Sor Thanikul in six rounds.
Australian based Nigerian 154 pounder King Davidson (11-0,6KO’s) easily outpointed former Australian champion Josh Clenshaw in May and also a shutout over Robert Toomey in June. In his best win to date he outscored South African Virgil Kalakoda over twelve in October. He is managed by former Aussie champ Peter Mitrevski and trained John Lewiswho also trained Jeff Fenech, Jeff Harding and Kostya Tszyu. Lewis predicts Davidson will be a future world champion. Kasim Ouma is being considered as his next opponent
WBO#7 154 pounder Ryan Waters (18-2-2,11KO’s) remained unbeaten during 2009 scoring wins over Opeti Tagi in November by TKO4, Aswin Cabuy by points in October, Shannon McMahon by TKO9 in July and Eddie Delic by points in May. He was extended in December when Tui Leveni held him to a draw in six rounds on the Green vs Jones undercard.
IBF and WBA rated 154 pounder Daniel Dawson (34-1,24KO’s) had only one fight in 2009 when he scored a three round knockout over Ariel Aparicia (27-9-1) in February. Dawson was training with Justin Fortune in the USA during 2009.