By Ray Wheatley / World of Boxing
Former world rated Chad Bennett (26-4-3, 17KOs) will return to the ring on Friday, where he will clash with Decho Kokietgym (33-14-2, 22KOs) over twelve rounds at the Newcastle Panthers club in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Bennett scored an impressive seven round stoppage of well credentialed Diego Jesus Ponce in May.
Ponce also went seven rounds with Serhiy Fedchenko and lost to Lucas Martin Matthysse in two. In 2010 Bennett made a successful USA debut when he scored a shutout eight round decision over Gary Bergeron in California. In 2009 Bennett scored one of his best wins when he easily outscored Aldo Nazareno Rios (46-4, 11KOs) over ten rounds. Rios went the twelve round distance against Isaac Hlatshwayo but lost in nine rounds to Ricky Hatton in world title bouts. Kokietgym dropped a twelve round decision to former IBF world champion Gairy St Claire in Australia on a previous visit. The promoter is Venom Promotions.