By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
World rated lightweight Armeth Diaz (30-10, 21 KOs) scored a fifth round stoppage of Lenny Zappavigna (25-2, 17 KOs) in an IBF elimination bout at the Melbourne Pavillion in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. on Friday. Diaz showed good power in round one by connecting with solid combinations to the head of the Aussie 135-pounder. Zappa responded by scoring with power shots to the body that hurt the Panamanian. In round two Diaz dropped Zappavigna with a hard right hand to the jaw but he survived to hear the bell. Zappa outworked Diaz in round three and inflicted a cut over the visitor’s eye in round four. Diaz dropped Zappavigna again in round five from a solid combo to the head and the cornerman of the Australian entered the ring to advise referee Robert Byrd they did not want Zappa to continue. Time 2:32. Diaz will now be rated IBF #1 and will challenge Miguel Vasquez the the world title.
In the main supporting contest Blake Capparello (9-0, 4 KOs) clearly outscored formerly world rated Joseph Kwadjo (20-5, 15 KOs) of Ghana over twelve action rounds to capture the OPBF 175 pound title. Kwadjo boxed aggressively but had trouble scoring with effective punches on the strong southpaw who used clever footwork in all the rounds to avoid the power shots of his opponent. Scores 116-112, 117-111, 119-109.
In other action Cruiserweight Kane Watts (7-0, 3 KOs) outscored Jae Bryce (2-4,1KO) over six by scores 59-56, 60-54, 60-54. The improving Watts shows he will give some of the rated Aussie cruisers problems.
Also Flyweight Omari Kimweri (10-2,4KOs) outpointed Junior Bajawa (2-1) over four action rounds. Bajawa was dropped in round two from a left hook but survived to hear the bell and lost by scores 39-36, 40-35,39-36. Kimweri was born in Tanzania but is based in Australia.
Australian Cruiserweight champion “Hollywood ” Brad Pitt ( 9-0, 7KO’) dropped Eduardo Rojas (22-15-7,4KOs) in round two compliments of a powerful left hook and referee Ignatius Missalidis crowned Pitt winner at 38 seconds of the round. Rojas is from Argentina. Pitt is trained by Linclon Hudson.
Light middleweight Mark Dalby boxed skillfully on the backmove to outscored veteranBen Horra over four rounds 39-37, 39-37, 39-37. Light heavyweight Micah Iona Villamu stopped Jarrod Jones in round one. Jones was down twice.. Time 35 seconds.
Promoter Brian Amatruda and Barry Michael. Televised nationally on Foxtel Cable Television Network. Ringside announcer Howard Leigh.