By Eugene Carnachan at ringside
New Zealand heavyweight Shane Cameron (22-1, 19 KOs) of New Zealand stopped journeyman heavyweight Robert Davis (32-9, 20 KOs) in the 11th round on Friday night at the Rugby Park, Gisborne, New Zealand. The win set up an all-New Zealand heavyweight superfight between Cameron and former world title challenger David Tua in June.
Cameron came into the fight not carrying the bulk fans are accustomed to seeing and looked leaner then he has in quite some time. It may be that he is cutting down on weight to be lighter on his feet and he will need to be given he is facing the heavy hitting Tua on his next outing.
Cameron didn’t come out with his accustomed sustained pressure and instead fought steadily and that may have been due to trying to put some rounds in the bank for the Tua fight. Davis was reluctant to exchange and throw down with Cameron. Cameron the busier fighter was stacking up the rounds and by round four he was starting to wear down the visibly bigger Davis.
By the 8th round it became apparent that Cameron had deflated the fight out of Davis and he was simply trying to hang on. In the 11th round Cameron stung Davis with a big right then threw everything but the kitchen sink into a barrage of punches and the ref decided he had seen enough and waived the fight off. Cameron known to cut was cut via a head clash in the bout.
David Tua and with his granite laden jaw and noted power shapes as a great fight between New Zealand’s two premiere heavies.