By Craig Watt at ringside
Australian Danny Green (29-3, 26 KO’s) successfully defended his IBO cruiserweight title last night at Challenge Stadium, Perth when he stopped Puerto Rican challenger Manny Siaca (22-7, 19 KO’s) inside three rounds. The stoppage came from referee Jack Rees at 1.55 of the third round after Siaca was dropped for the second time in the bout. The fight was Green’s third defense of the title and he won in impressive fashion showing power in his right hand dropping Siaca in the second and then in the third with powerful right hooks to the temple.
Green stated after the fight, “I was disappointed the fight was so short as I wanted to punish him for twelve rounds but he felt the power of my right hand and once that happens then no one can live with my power.”
In the first round the action seemed even as Siaca showed his height and reach advantage to keep the 37 year old “Green Machine” at distance but the former three weight world champion found his range in the second and landed his powerful right hand to the temple, dropping Siaca in the final 30 seconds.
In the third round Siaca broke from the action to complain about a head butt from Green as he led in and turned away holding his head with his glove. The referee asked if he was fine as the clash did not seem that hard from ringside. Sensing Siaca’s motivation was waning Green advanced and pushed Siaca into the corner and unloaded with a left hook and right hand that dropped the 34 year old Puerto Rican for the second time. He sank to his knees and although referee Jack Rees continued the count Siaca rubbed the back of his head and when he rose at nine didn’t look like he wanted to continue.
The crowd booed him from the ring as he left, feeling he didn’t seem to want to engage in the fight
Siaca held a points victory over Green’s arch rival Anthony Mundine, back in 2004 for the WBA 168 pound title and Team Green were hopeful that an impressive stoppage would force Mundine into a re-match of their 2006 fight which grossed $10M in Sydney.
The fight drew a sellout crowd of 5,500 at the Challenge Stadium and was Green’s first outing since his December knockout of Roy Jones Jr.
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In the chief supporting bout and a clash of unbeaten prospects, Will Tomlinson (12-0-1, 10KO’s) from Blacktown, Sydney outpointed Oscar Bravo (13-1, 8 KO’s) from Chile to win the vacant IBO super-featherweight title. He won by scores of 120-108 twice and 118-110 after dominating the fight.
Many view Tomlinson as Australia’s best prospect and he showed some excellent boxing skills over the distance and outboxed the 22 year old Bravo in every department. The 23 year old, known as “Wild Will” Tomlinson was particularly effective with the body shots and caught the eye on several occasions with some hurtful right hands to the body.
Tomlinson appeared to pace himself well over the distance and showed a solid jab and effective combinations. He hurt Bravo on several occasions but was unable to force the stoppage, although he increased the pace and apparent determination in the final three rounds. In the eleventh round he threw some hurtful combinations and visibly hurt the South American with left hooks and body shots.
It is expected that Tomlinson will secure a ranking position in 2010 and his recent sparring with Yuri Gamboa and Chris John seemed to have worked well in the preparation for this fight.
Former two time IBF 140 pound challenger Naofel Ben Rabah (29-3, 15 KO’s) dominated Australian Welterweight champion Soloman Egbergine (20-3, 10 KO’s) and won their eight rounder on the scorecards 80-71 (twice) and 79-72.
Rabah lost on points in 2006 to Juan Urango and then in 2007 to Lovemore N’dou on points, both in challenges for the IBF jr-welterweight title but last night boxed well and never let Egbergine into the fight.
The 32 year old Tunisian, now fighting out of Harry’s Gym in Perth was faster, sharper and threw more punches on the outside to keep the Aussie 140 pound champion at distance. This was a repeat of their 2003 fight which Rabah won on points over ten rounds.
In a surprise result, previously unbeaten super-middleweight prospect Zak Awad (13-1-1, 6 KO’s) from New South Wales was clearly outpointed and outboxed by local Perth fighter Jeremy Allan (5-6-1, 2 KO’s) over six rounds.
The 28 year old Awad never recovered from a knockdown in the first five seconds when Allan landed a right hand and left hook to stun the prospect. Although Awad tried for force the action over the last two rounds he was clearly outpointed on the scorecards 60-55, 57-55 and 57-56 in the surprise of the night.
Light-welterweight Adam Wills (12-5, 2 KO’s) got his career back on track with an impressive points victory over Chad Roy Naidu (2-8-3, 1 KO). He won the six rounder on the cards by scores of 59-57 and 59-55 twice. Wills was coming off a first round stoppage by Moses Seran in his last fight.