By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
In a nationally televised promotion, New Zealand light heavyweight Robert “The Butcher” Berridge (12-0, 9 KOs) scored a major upset when he knocked out Trent Broadhurst (7-1, 4 KOs) in five rounds in the main event at the Mansfield Tavern, Mansfield, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Southpaw Berridge was the aggressor from the opening bell but the 6′ Broadhurst boxed skillfully connecting with accurate left jabs and using clever footwork. In round five, the 5’10 Berridge dropped Broadhurst twice with left hands and on the second knockdown he was counted out by the referee at 2:59.
Broadhurst is a four-time amateur champion and managed by Angelo Di Carlo. Berridge as having his second fight in Australia. He boxed a majority draw against Kerry Floey on the Danny Green vs Antonio Tarver undercard in July.
In the main supporting bout, Australian female bantamweight champion Julie Gaston (7-0, 2 KOs) outscored Sarah George (1-4, 1 KO) via eight round split decision to retain the title. The bout was evenly contested in all of the rounds and in round eight an accidental head clash caused a severe cut over the right eye of George which was inspected by the doctor but allowed to continue. Scores 77-76, 77-75 and 75-77.
Also Mark Flanagan (7-3, 3 KOs) captured the state Queensland light heavyweight title when he stopped Aaron Russell (4-2,2KO’s) at 2:23 of round one. Flanagan attacked Russell from the bell and had him in trouble when the referee called it off.
Hot light middleweight prospect Shannon King (5-0, 5 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Tim Hately (2-4-1, 3 KOs). Hately boxed aggressively and scored with effective punches in round one and two but the big punching King dropped his opponent for the full ten count at 1:21 of round three.
In lightweight action Brent Elliott (8-3-3, 2 KOs) won a six round decision over Mark Ramirez (1-2-1). Scores 58-55, 58-55, 58-55.
Classy middleweight Nathan Carroll (5-0-1,2 KOs) outscored Leroy Brown (8-4-1, 4 KOs) over six rounds via majority decision 59-56, 58-56 and 57-57.
Welterweight Paddy Murphy (3-0, 1 KO) defeated Kurt Finlayson (0-1) clearly over four rounds. 40-36, 40-36, 40-37.
Promoter Angelo Di Carlo. Televised throughout Australia on Foxtel Cable Television Network.