By Brett Bonetti at ringside
Photos: Kim Johnson
John Ford (6-2, 5 KOs) claimed the vacant Western Australian State Jnr. Welterweight Title with an impressive TKO over rising Australian prospect “Brilliant” Brandon Ogilvie (5-1, 2 KOs) in the Main Event of Dragon Fire Promotions Thunderdome IV tonight at Metro City Perth, Australia. Ogilvie came out in the first round very aggressive and dropped Ford with a nice left to the head only 30 seconds into the fight. Ogilvie seemed in control as the nose of Ford was bloodied, but the fight turned in round 3 when Ford came back strong during an exchange and hurt Ogilvie. Ogilvie was on unsteady legs for most of the round and tried to hang on for dear life. Ford scored 2 knockdowns in the third round as Ogilvie made it to his feet both times on unsteady legs. Then at 2:58 of the round, ringside Doctor Patrick Golden made the decision to stop the fight.
Ogilvie’s trainer Peter “Foxy” Wilkenson disagreed with the stoppage. “Brandon was fine and there was only 2 seconds left in the round, Gary Ingraham is a very good referee and was in total control of the situation” Wilkenson said
Both Ford and Ogivlie said they are open for a rematch.
Dr Partick Golden said it was a hard call but believes he wasn’t left with an option. “I had to maintain the position of keeping the fighters safe in the ring,” Dr Golden said. “Everyone knows I don’t stop fights on a whim, and I wanted to make sure Brandon goes home to his family, to fight again, not fighting for life on a ventilator, he is an exceptional talent and I’m sure in future that will become apparent on the worlds stage.”
“There is a lot you can let go, but to let this go would have been wrong,” Dr Golden added.
Dr Patrick Golden is the Chief advisor to the combat sports commission of Western Australia, and has been doing professional fights for over six years, including state, national and world titles.
Luke “Razor” Sharp (8-0-2, 2 KOs) continued his winning ways with a dominant TKO victory over Jonas Segu. After a slow first round, Sharp took control from Round 2 and forced Segu to quit at 2:05 in Round 5.
In other action, Jeremy “War Machine” Van Dieman (5-0-2, 4 KOs) sensationally knocked out Joseph Kaseba (4-3, 2 KOs) at 2 minutes into Round 2.
Undefeated Andrew “Widow Maker” Green (11-0-1, 6 KOs) made a successful return to the ring and stopped New Zealand’s Ofisa Villi (6-4) at 2:22 of Round 6. Green was forced to withdraw from his last fight when he injured his shoulder in a sparring session with Luke Sharp.
John “The Don” Squillace stopped Andy Georges in the very first round. Georges was down in first 30 seconds from a great body-shot. Then the corner surprisingly threw in the towel at 1:04 despite animated protests from Georges that he wanted to continue.
Darragh “Super Irish” Foley made Behrooz Mohammadi quit at 2:35 of Round 2.
“Sammy Automatic” Hogan defeated David Galvin via Unanimous Decision. Scores after 6 tough rounds were 59-56, 59-55 & 56-56.
Nathaniel “Cheeky Man” May was impressive with a TKO victory over Quentin Donohue with the corner throwing in the towel at 2:33 in Round 2.
And in the first fight of the night Paul Wisby stoped Amir Ghasemi at 1:42 of the second round.
In attendance at Dragon Fire Promotions Thunderdome IV was WBA Super World Featherweight Champion Chris “The Dragon” John (48-0-3, 22 KOs) and IBO World Lightweight Champion “Indonesian Thunder” Daud Cino Yordan (31-3, 23 KOs)
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