By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
In an upset, hard punching Steve Maxwell (7-3, 5 KOs) scored a fourth round knockout over Heath Ellis (12-2-1, 6 KOs) to capture the IBF Pan Pacific welterweight crown at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Ellis boxed skillfully in the early rounds using clever footwork to evade the power shots of the aggressive Tasmanian 147 pounder. In round four Maxwell found the range and exploded a hard left hook off the Melbourne boxer’s jaw that dropped him on the canvas and referee Ignatius Missailidis crowned Maxwell the new IBF regional champion. Time 1:19.
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Maxwell had recently stopped two time Australian champion Matthew Paulley in major upset of 2009. Ellis is the nephew of Australian boxing legend former IBF 130 pound world champion Lester Ellis who was at ringside.
On the undercard in Victorian light heavyweight title bout Blake Caparello (4-0, 1 KO) outscored Joel Casey (9-7-3, 5 KOs) in crowd pleasing bout over eight rounds.
Welterweight Tim Hunt (6-2, 2 KOs) was awarded a points decision against Jean Claude (1-11-1) over six action rounds. Claude suffered cut eye in round five which was inspected by the referee but ruled okay to continue.
Jnr welterweight Terry Tzourmanis (2-0) outscored Robert Minito (2-3) over four rounds.
Welterweight Brett Williams (1-0) won points in four rounds over Clint Hore(0-2).
Special guests at ringside were former Commonwealth 140 pound champion Baby Cassius Austin and former Commonwealth 135 pound champion Graham Brooke. Promoter Peter Maniatis.