By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian heavyweight champion John Hopoate (12-3, 11 KOs) dominated Bob Mirovic (29-21-2, 20 KOs) in a rematch over ten rounds at the AIS arena, Canberra, ACT, Australia on Thursday. The powerful Hopoate, 253lbs, controlled the action in all the rounds as he bulldozed the 6.5″ Mirovic, 264 lbs, and consistently connected with hard head and body shots that visibly hurt the veteran. A right hand to the head in round seven staggered Mirovic but he remained upright and in round eight Big Bob complained to the referee Brian McMahon that Hoppa was trying to break his arm in the clinches. In their first fight in 2008 Mirovic’s arm was broken. Both fighters were fatigued in rounds nine and ten and at the conclusion Hopoate was declared the winner by scores Anthony Shipley 99-90, Pat Oconnell 97-94, Bernie McMahon 99-91.
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Hopaote said. “There was was a lot of things said in the media but I must say that Bob is a tough old man. I want to thank my trainer Dino Billinghurst who has been there since day one.”
Mirovic said. “I must thank Hoppa – that is the first time he has gone ten rounds and he deserved the win. I sparred many rounds with Mike Tyson in the USA but I think that Hopoate is stronger.”
Hopoate was stopped in two rounds by former WBC champion Oliver McCall in Las Vegas in May.
In a female lightweight bout Erin McGowan (11-0,7 KOs) outscored Angie Parr in action bout over six rounds. Scores 60-55, 59-56, 58-56. Parr is the wife of Kick Boxing Legend John Wayne Parr who was in the corner.
In a super middleweight bout hot prospect Geo Omahony put on a boxing clinic as he clearly outscored Bruce McPhie over four rounds. Omahony displayed good mobility as he consistently connected with accurate combinations on his durable opponent. Scores 40-36,40-36,40-36.
Australian boxing legend and former WBC light heavyweight challenger Paul Briggs was in Omahony’s corner. Promoter Fidel Tukel. Matcmaker Lincoln Hudson. Ring announcer Jame White. Commentators Johnny Lewis, Greg Rust, Mathew Brooks and Paul Kent. Televised throughout Australia on free to air Channel Ten One -HD television network.