By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian based Samoan, Alex Lepai (16-3-2, 12 KOs) scored an eight round stoppage of former Australian heavyweight champion Colin Wilson (34-25-1, 20 KOs), to capture the WBO Asia Pacific title at Southport RSL, in Southport, Queensland, Australia, Friday. Wilson used an accurate right jab on the back move on the aggressive Lepai who consistently cut the ring off to connect with power head and body shots. In round eight Lepai delivered a solid right hand body-shot followed by a right hook to the head that dropped Wilson. Shortly after, referee Alan Moore saved the 6’5 Aussie from further punishment, crowning Lepai the new WBO regional champion.
Lepai said: “My trainer Noel Thornberry told me to step things up in round eight and the knockout would come.” Wilson outscored Lepai in 2008 via a split decision. Wilson has been in the ring with world class heavyweights like Shane Cameron in 2005, Kali Meehan in 2002, Corrie Sanders in 2006 and Oleg Platov in 2007. Lepai is trained and managed by Noel Thornberry who guided former WBA middleweight champion Masilino Masoe.
In a supporting bout former Australian super middleweight champion Les Sherrington (23-5,15 KOs) was impressive in stopping aggressive Glen Fitzpatrick (15-14-2, 6 KOs) at the start of round six. Fitzpatrick was in Sherrington’s face in every round contested, but the 6 foot 1 inch Sherrington consistently scored with accurate combinations that had the 5 foot 8 inch Fitzpatrick in trouble. Trainer Noel Thornberry retired his boxer.
Former Australian amateur champion Jarrod Fletcher (1-0,1 KO) made a successful professional debut when he stopped Ryan Coppick (3-4) in round four of a super middleweight bout. Coppick was in no condition to defend himself when referee Phil Austin saved him from further punishment at 2:22 of round four. Fletcher is trained by Steve Dellar.
Undefeated light heavyweights Phillip Maley (2-0-1) and Shane McConville (4-0-1) boxed a technical draw. The fight was stopped in round three due to a severe cut suffered by Maley by an accidental head clash.
American welterweight Casey Hannan (1-0,1 KO) looked good in stopping Filipino Mhelvin Hernandez (1-8) in round one. Hernandez was dropped twice. Tony Nobbs trains Hannan who is originally from Santa Barbara, California.
Light welterweight Ariel Barotillio (1-0-1) suffered a cut due to head clash in round three against Tommy Gun, also known as: Tom Szeremi (0-01) which was ruled too severe to continue resulting in a technical draw. Barotillio is the brother of two time world title challenger and Manny Pacquiao opponent, Arnel Barotillio. He is trained by Frank Gatt. Szeremi is trained by former WBC light heavyweight challenger Paul Briggs. The promoter was Jamie Myer.