By Ray Wheatley
Photos: Werner Kalin
Australian 175 pounder Blake Capparello (14-0, 6 KOs) proved to skillful for Aaron Pryor Jr. (16-7, 11 KOs) in scoring a clear ten round decision at the Croatian club at Ardeer, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Scores 98-92, 100-90, 99-91. Pryor was several inches taller than the 6 foot Capparello but was out boxed by the southpaw in most of the rounds. Pryor was aggressive consistently but had trouble connecting on the elusive Capparello, who used clever footwork and accurate combinations to score his third win over American opponents. Dante Craig and Kevin Engel were previous victims.
Pryor was coming off losses to Will Rosinsky, Adonis Stevenson and Thomas Oosthuizen but holds a 2011 win over former world title challenger Librado Andrade. On the undercard recent WBO super middleweight challenger Nader Hamdan (43-11-1, 18 KOs) announced his retirement after suffering a points loss to Serge Yannick (14-2, 7 KOs) over ten rounds for the national 168 pound title. Scores 97-93, 98-91, 97-93. Yannick controlled the contest in most rounds as he punished Hamdan on the inside with power left hooks and right hand bombs that visibly hurt the tough Aussie. Granite chinned Hamdan boxed his way of of trouble several times after he had taken severe punishment. Hamdan has boxed the best in a long and distiguished career, including Arthur Abraham, Anthony Mundine and Mads Larsen. Hamdan was coming off a hard fought points loss to Robert Stieglitz in WBO title bout in May. Yannick lost in six rounds to IBO champion Thomas Oosthuizen in March but on this performance against Hamdan looks to have resurrected his career under new trainer Dave Hedgecock who also trains IBF#1 middleweight Sam Soliman. Promoter Charlie Liparota. Televised nationally on Foxtel Cable Television Network.