By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former amateur star super middleweight Ben McCulloch (11-0, 8 KOs) was impressive in stopping tough veteran Les Piper (14-11-3, 3 KOs) in nine rounds of a scheduled twelve at the South Sydney Junior Leagues Club, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Wednesday. McCulloch exploded right hand bombs to the head of Piper that dropped him in rounds two, five and nine. Piper, 5’9″, came to fight and gave McCulloch, 6’1″ problems in round three, four and round eight as he consistently attacked his opponent with two handed flurries but the power right hand of McCulloch continually steadied the Aussie veteran. In round six the ringside doctor inspected a cut eye of Piper but ruled okay to continue. In round nine a power right hand shot to the head dropped Piper face first on the canvas and referee Gary Dean crowned McCulloch at 2.15 the new IBF Pan Pacific and PABA champion.
McCulloch, who was one of IBF/WBA Daniel Geale’s chief sparring partners for his win over Felix Sturm, had one of the best super middleweights in the world in Sakio Bika, working as his sparring partner for the bout with Piper. McCulloch is trained by Tony Del Vechio and managed by Gary Mason.
Super middleweight James “Piechukka” Beard (3-0, 3 KOs) dropped Kashif Mumtaz (8-34-1, 6 KOs) of New Zealand in round four with a perfect left hook to the jaw and was in no condition to continue and referee crowned the big punching Aussie at 2.36.
Middleweight Kurt Bahram (11-3-1, 4 KOs) clearly outscored Daniel Roy Maxwell (0-8) over four rounds by scores 40-34, 40-33, 40-33
Classy female super bantamweight Shannon O’Connell (6-1, 4 KOs) stopped Pimchanok Ruamwong (0-5) of Thailand in round at 0.36 of round three. The game Thai was no match for the world class O’Connell who punished the import with power combinations consistently and the referee called it off in round three
Former IBF Pan Pacific super middleweight champion Zac Awad (18-2-1, 7 KOs) dropped Dechapon Suwunnalird (5-22) in round one and the referee crowned Awad at 1.35
Welterweight Adrian Campbell (11-11-1, 4 KOs) outscored Robert Whalley (7-6-2, 4 KOs) over six rounds. Campbell connected with accurate combinations to win the early rounds but Whaley stepped up a gear in round five and six as he boxed aggressively. Scores 59-56, 58-56, 60-54.
Promoter Gary Mason.