By Brett Bonetti at ringside
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green hosted a successful night of boxing in “The Next Generation Fight Night” at the WA State Basketball Centre in Perth Western Australia tonight.
In the main event, Pieter Cronje (12-4, 8 KOs) claimed the vacant IBF Pan Pacific cruiserweight title when he stopped Shane Tilyard (8-5, 7 KOs) in Round two. The fight was action-packed from the opening bell as both fighters traded and landed bombs. Both fighters were in trouble in round one as the fight seemed it could end anytime and go either way. Cronje seemed in the bigger trouble until he caught Tilyard with a huge left hook when sent Tilyard to the canvas for an 8 count. Both fighters barely made it out of the round. More of the same action in round two, with it being anyone’s fight. While both fighters were trading heavy blows towards the end of the round, it was Cronje who landed consecutive bombs to push Tilyard back to the other side of the ring until he hit the canvas again. This time Tilyard was unable to beat the count and Cronje was declared the winner. Time was 2:53 of round two.
Former Contender Australia contestant Victor Oganov (31-4, 29 KOs) scored a first round TKO victory over Walter Papua (8-5, 7 KOs) in their cruiserweight bout.
Steve Wills (16-0-2) retained his WBO Asia Pacific junior welterweight Title with a TKO victory in round two over challenger Venance Mponji (12-11, 8 KOs).
Heavyweight Lucas Browne (5-0, 5 KOs) scored a brutal knockout win in the first round over Henry Taani (2-2, 2 KOs) from New Zealand.
In other action tonight Clint Hosking (7-0, 2 KOs) defeated Brendan Batty (16-23, 11 KOs) and Matt Garlett (6-1, 4 KOs) defeated Roberto Lerio (13-11-1) both via unanimous decision. Sherwin Watkins (0-1) lost a dubious unanimous points decision to Jake Moulden (1-0)
Promoter was Danny Green and Green Machine Boxing.