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Flanagan stops Kariuki

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian light heavyweight Mark Flanagan (11-3, 6 KOs) stopped former world rated Kariz Kariuki (25-11-2, 19 KOs) in round eleven to capture the vacant WBO Oriental title at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, Australia Friday. Flanagan dropped Kariuki in round ten and referee Paul Tapley crowned the Queensland 175 pounder the new WBO Oriental champion at :29 of round eleven. Kariuki was born in Kenya but based in Australia since 2000. He has suffered losses to Daniel Geale, Garth Wood and Edison Miranda but scored a win over former WBA middleweight challenger Randy Griffin in 2010. Flanagan lost to Ben McCulloch and Manny Vlamis in 2011.

In the main supporting bout super bantamweight Jason Cooper (5-1-1, 2 KOs) outscored Robert Lerio (14-16-1, 5 KOs) over ten entertaining rounds to capture the vacant national 122 pound title. Australian-based Filipino Lerio was aggressive in all the rounds but he was outworked in most of the rounds by his taller opponent. In round eight a right hand bomb closed Cooper’s left eye but he came back well in rounds nine and ten to score with accurate combos. Scores at the conclusion were 97-93, 99-91, 97-93. Lerio had previously defeated Cooper in April for the Australian bantamweight title. Lerio is trained by former Manny Pacquiao opponent Todd Makelim

In other action cruiserweight David Aloua (8-0, 5 KOs) outpounted Balazs Varga ( 7-4, 6 KOs) over eight action rounds. Alouha, 6.3″ scored consistently with accurate combinations on the aggressive 5.11″ Varga that had him on unsteady feet but he never looked like visiting the canvas. Scores 80-72, 78-75, 79-73. Alouha had his trainer former world middleweight challenger Tony Mundine in his corner, who defeated Emile Griffith in Paris, France but was stopped in eight rounds by the great Carlos Monzon in Bueno Aires, Argentina during the 1970s.

Also Cruiserweight Tyrone “Red Dog” Jones (10-2, 3 KOs) scored a six round points win over Togasilimai Letoa (12-10-1, 7 KOs) of Samoa. Letoa dropped Jones in round one and referee Steve Marshal warned Jones for low punches in round two and four. At the conclusion scores were 58-56, 57-56, 57-56.

Promoter Angelo Di Carlo. Televised throughout Australia on Foxtel Cable Television Network.




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