By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos by Tim Barry/www.timbarry.wetpaint.com
World middleweight contender Daniel Geale (23-1, 13 KOs) moved closer to a world title shot when he stopped former world super middleweight contender Kariz Kariuki (21-9-2,18 KOs) in eleven rounds on Wednesday to capture IBF Pan Pacific title at the Wollongong Entertainment Center, Wollongong, NSW, Australia. IBF #7,WBC #13 Geale, 5’10, controlled the action in most of the rounds as he boxed skillfully connecting with accurate combinations to the head and body of his 6’2 opponent. Kariuki, formerly of Kenya but now based in Australia, was hurt in rounds six and seven from solid combinations to the head. At 1:24 of round eleven referee Charlie Lucas crowned Geale the winner when Kariuki was in no condition to defend himself.
Afterward, Geale said. “That is the fight I needed – I have been working on new things in the gym with my trainer Graham Shaw. I am after challenging for the IBF title and would like to fight for the IBF number one spot this year. I would like to thank Bill Treacy, Gary Francisco and my trainer Graham Shaw plus all my sponsors.”
In supporting bout, IBF #4 featherweight Billy Dib (27-1, 15 KOs) dropped late sub Wacharakrit Senaharn (17-3-1, 9 KOs) of Thailand three times in round one and referee Les Fear crowned the former IBO champion the winner at 1:24. Dib captured the IBF Pan Pacific title.
“I want to thank the Grange gym and Main Event Television for letting me showcase my skills,” said Dib. “I am after a shot at Chris John (WBA champ) who trains in Perth.”
Two-time world title challenger Robert Medley (28-3,18 KO’s) stopped Argentina’s Sergio Aparicia (13-3,6KO’s) in round three to capture the IBF Australasian title. Medley chopped the import down with power shots to head and body with controlled aggression. At 1:52 of the third round referee Charlie Lucas waved it off when the Aparicio was dropped by a solid combination.
“We wanted to fight Daniel Dawson but that fell through,” Medley stated.” I am getting a shot at the Commonwealth title later this year.”
In an action packed super middleweight bout, Junior Talipeau (16-1-1, 5 KOs) was awarded eight round split decision over veteran Nader Hamdan (42-8-1,18 KOs). The fight continually see sawed with both boxers taking charge at different times during the contest. Scores were 77-76, 78-74 for Talipeau and 77-76 for Hamdan. Talipeau commented, “I’ll give him a rematch if that is what the boxing fans want. I am the peoples’ champion.”
Australian 2009 Contender series super middleweight champion Garth “Woodsy” Wood (7-1-1, 3 KOs) was cut over left eye in his bout with William ” Hardcore” Hadlow (7-18-2, 2 KOs) in round one due to accidental head clash. The doctor inspected the cut and ruled it too severe to continue.The official ruling is a technical draw. Wood is scheduled to clash with red hot favourite – former WBA 168 pound champion Anthony Mundine later this year.
Former world IBF middleweight and WBC welterweight challenger Shannan Taylor (50-8-3, 35 KOs) was back to his best when he stopped betting favorite Ben Costello (6-4-1, 4 KOs) in round one. Taylor connected with a solid barrage to the head of Costello, who was out on his feet when referee Charlie Lucas crowned Taylor at 1:34. (A Shannan Taylor fan backed him for AUD $40,000 with an Australian betting agency).
Welterweight Victor Chermous outscored Alex Ahtong over six rounds of crowd pleasing contest. Scores 58-56, 58-56, 58-56.
Televised throughout Australia on Main Event Television. Ring announcer Perry Cale. Matchmaker Garrie Francisco. Promoter Bill Treacy.