By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Sydney 2000 Olympian super middleweight Kariz Kariuki (18-7-2, 17 KOs) formerly of Kenya stopped Sonni Michael Angelo (15-8-2, 5 KOs) in nine rounds at the National Convention Center, Canberra, ACT, Australia with the WBO Asia Pacific and African title up for grabs on Friday. Michael Angelo was cut over the right eye in round two which was caused by a head clash. The Doctor inspected the cut but ruled it okay to continue. Kariuki connected with power combinations to Michael Angelo head and body in round nine that had him on unsteady legs and at 2.40 of the round referee Les Fear crowned Kariuki the winner.
Kariuki is trained by Lincoldn Hudson and managed by Fidel Tukel at the BHS Gym Blacktown. He has met several world class Australian boxers Paul Briggs in 2002, Daniel Rowsell in 2002, Glenn Kelly in 2006, Jason de Lisle in 2007. He defeated Mpush Makambi in nine rounds in 2006 and Dale Westerman in seven rounds in 2007.
Michael Angelo was born in the Congo but has been based in Australia for several years. In his most recent ring outings he extended WBA rated light heavyweight Tim Bell and dropped a split decision to former WBA middleweight champion Maselino Masoe.
Former Australian welterweight champion Mathew Paulley (18-5-5, 7 KOs) scored impressive win over ten rounds against Jason Kanofski (11-2-3, 2 KOs) to retain the IBO Asia Pacific welterweight title. Paulley was cut over the right eye in round two which the doctor inspected and ruled okay to continue. Paulley was dropped in this round by a right hand. The doctor inspected Paulley eye cuts again in round five but again ruled it okay to continue. Both boxers punched non stop in all the rounds contested and at the conclusion the scores were all for Paulley. 97-94, 98-95 and 98-96. Paulley thanked his trainer Graham Shaw and managed Bill Treacy for their support.
Former world rated light middleweight Robert Medley (24-2,15KO’s) stopped Plaiskada Singwancha of Thailand in two rounds when referee Charlie Lucas ruled the import was in no condition to continue.
Promoter Bill Treacy. Telelvised throughout Australia on Foxtel Television Network.