Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former amateur champion Greg Eadie (8-0, 4 KOs) stopped Brendan Batty (15-19, 11 KOs) in front of a full house in round three to capture the vacant Australian 130 pound title on Friday at the Hilton Hotel in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Eadie was cut early but took control of the action in round one and in round three dropped his opponent. Shortly after the referee saved the veteran from further punishment when the towel came into the ring from Batty’s corner.Eadie is the son of former welterweight star of the 1970’s, Ross Eadie, who battled Aussie great Hector Thompson in three savage encounters. Thompson went eight rounds in the world lightweight title bout against the great Roberto Duran and also against world 140 pound champion Antonio Cervantes with both fights being in Panama City. On the undercard: world heavyweight contender Alex Lepai (16-3-3, 12 KOs) was awarded a majority draw against 6′1, 240 pound, Japanese Masataka Takehara (6-3-2, 2 KOs) in a six round contest. Scores were 59-57 Leapai and 57-57 and 57-57. The Japanese is coming off a loss via decision to Brian Fitzgerald last Friday. 6′0 and 245 pound WBO #14 Lepai is trained by Noel Thornberry and was born in Samoa and is based in Australia. The promoter and matchmaker is Steve Dellar.