By: Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Former Australian junior middleweight champion Frank La Porto (13-4-2, 5 KOs) scored a major upset when he outpointed former world title challenger Daniel Dawson (34-3, 24 KOs) over twelve action rounds with PABA title up for grabs on Saturday at the Joondalup Arena, in Western Australia. Scores 116-112, 116-112, 117-111. La Porto was in the best shape of his career under trainer Kevin Hargreaves and boxed aggressively and outworked his opponent in most of the rounds. Dawson did show some ring rust but made La Porto fight hard for his win. Dawson had Bobby Mayne in his corner.
In his previous ring outing, Dawson was stopped in ten rounds by WBO 154 pound champion Serhiy Dzinziruk in May. In main supporting bout Australian lightweight Erin McGowan (14-0, 7KOs) captured the WBO lightweight title when she clearly outscored Lyndsey Scragg (10-3, 3 KOs) of England over ten rounds. Scores 100-90, 99-92, 98-92. McGowan at 5.8″ enjoyed a 5″ height advantage over the visitor and scored frequently with accurate long range combinations.The English boxer was aggressive but had no answer to McGowan’s skillfull technique. Scragg had previously challenged for the WBA title losing a ten round decision to Kina Malpartida in 2009. Middleweight Robbie Bryant (11-1, 7 KOs) stopped Jeremy Allan (6-7-1 2 KOs) with the Western Australian 160 pound title up for grabs. Light heavyweight David Letizia (6-2-1, 1 KO) boxed a six round draw with Gunner Jackson (1-1-1, 1 KO). Lightweight Sam Hamawa (1-0) outscored Marko Stolts (0-1) over four rounds. Light heavyweight Andrew Green (6-0, 5 KOs) scored a three round knockout over Brad Bond (2-3-1). The promoter was Ty Colman.