By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Peter McDermont
Australian featherweight Bily Dib (32-1, 19 KOs) captured the vacant IBF featherweight crown with a clear twelve rounds points decision over Mexico’s Jorge Lacierva (39-8-6, 26 KOs) at the Olympic Park Sports Centre in Homebush, BSydney, NSW, Australia on Friday. Dib controlled most of the rounds by connecting with accurate combinations on the aggressive Lacierva who continually switched hit from orthodox to the southpaw stance but had trouble nailing the mobile Aussie with a solid shot who showed good evasion by using the ring with clever footwork. Referee Jack Reiss controlled the contest and warned both boxers for infringements in round three.
In round four Laceirva was deducted a point for infringements. The Mexican suffered a cut over the left eye in round nine and in round twelve over the right eye both caused by accidental head clash. At he conclusion judges scored Charlie Lucas 119-109, Alejandro Lopez 118-109, Somsak Sirianant 115-112.
Dib joins a long list of Australian based boxers who have captured IBF world titles including Daniel Geale, Jeff Fenech, Kostya Tszyu, Vic Darchinyan,Lester Ellis, Barry Michael, Lovemore Ndou, Robbie Peden, Gairy St Clair and Susie Ramadan.
Promoter Michael Karagiannis said, “It was a great fight and Billy boxed brilliantly to take the championship. I plan to promote Billy’s first title defense at this same venue in December. I want to thank my team and boxing fans in attendance who helped make this a great night.”
In other action in what will be a contender for the “Best Fight for 2011”, super middleweight Zac Awad (17-1-1, 6 KOs) scored a split decision over Junior Talipeau (17-2-1, 5 KOs) to capture the IBF pan Pacific title.
The action see-sawed continually with blood coming from cuts in Awad’s mouth from the early round . Talipeau attacked Awad’s body with power shots in all the rounds hoping to slow his opponent down but Awad showed he was in 100% fight shape by taking the punches and responding with solid head punches. Both Awad and Talipeau were warned for infringements in round six and in round eight Awad was warned again for a low blow.
Judges scores Charlie Lucas 116-113 (Talipeau) Pat O”Connor 116-115 (Awad) and Brian McMahon 116-114 (Awad).
Promoter Michael Karagiannis said, “Talipeau and Awad boxed a war tonight and this will be a great rematch.”
Also Top Rank super featherweight Paul Fleming (11-0, 8 KOs) looked every inch a future champion when he stopped former Australian champion Quinton Donohue (7-14-1, 3 KOs) in two rounds. Fleming dropped Donohue in round one with a solid combo and in round two was punishing him on the ropes when referee Charlie Lucas saved him from further punishment at 1:15. Fleming managed by Top Rank’s Cameron Dunkin and Mike Altamura. He represented at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and had a 83-17 amateur career. Trained by Billy Hussein.
Super middleweight Brian Olman (1-4) outscored Josh Anesley (0-1) over four action rounds. 40-38, 39-38, 39-38.
In lightweight action Tony Bates scored a shutout over Jason Gura 40-35, 40-36, 39-37.
Hot light heavyweight prospect Steve Lovett dropped Amarbir Sing in round one with a right hand bomb and referee Mick Heafey crowned the Grange gym former Australian amateur champ at 2:46.
Promoter: Michael Karagiannis.