By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former Australian champion Tui “The Titan” Leveni (10-2-1, 7 KOs) scored an eight round technical split decision win over Alex Ahtong (4-5-2, 3 KOs) in a scheduled twelve round bout at the welterweight poundage at the Nowra Entertainment Center in Nowra, NSW, Australia on Friday. Ahtong, 5’10 came to fight and gave the hot favorite Leveni problems boxing from the southpaw stance as he connected with accurate combinations consistently to the head of his opponent. The aggressive, 5’7 Leveni connected with a power right hand bomb in round four that dropped Ahtong but he survived to hear the bell.
In round eight an accidental head clash caused a cut over the right eye of Ahtong and referee Les Fear called the doctor to inspect and he ruled too severe to continue. Time 0.49. Scores were Max Murphy 68-64 Leveni, Gary Dean 67-66 Ahtong and George Pielis 68-64 Leveni.
In his previous start Leveni boxed a draw with WBO #7 Ryan Waters on the undercard Roy Jones Jr vs. Danny Green in 2009. Leveni is trained by Peter Hallett. Ahtong is trained by Brad Gallagher.
In a heavyweight action bout over six Steve Ciappara (6-2-1, 3 KOs) dominated Michael ODonnell (5-10, 2 KOs) in most of the contested rounds as he delivered solid combinations to the head and body of his opponent. Ciappara, 6’5 was the aggressor and hurt ODonnel, 6’3 several times with right hand shots to the head and body. Scores at conclusion 60-54, 60-55 and 59-56. Ciappara is trained by Lincoln Hudson at BHS gym Blacktown.
Classy middleweight Leroy Brown (6-0-1, 3 KOs) stopped imported Aswin Cabuy (11-16-1, 4 KOs) at the conclusion of round two when the Indonesian had suffered an injured hand. Brown is one of Australia’s best prospects who is guided by former Australian heavyweight contender Mark “Ziggy” Zielinski. Brown is trained by Johnny Lewis who took Jeff Fenech, Kostya Tszyu, Jeff Harding and Gary St Claire to world titles. “Leroy has a great career in front of him,” said Lewis. “He has the skills and commitment to get to the top in boxing.”
Rugby league star Joey Williams (6-0, 3 KOs) won a four round points decision over Starvros Karanicolas (0-2) in a welterweight bout. Karanicolas edged his opponent in round one but Williams controlled the following rounds as he connected with long range combinations on his aggressive opponent. scores 40-36, 39-37,39-37. Williams had former WBO world 140 pound challenger Jeff Malcolm in his corner. Karanicolas had former Manny Pacquiao opponent Todd Makelin in his corner.
Promoter: Greg Turner