By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
World class junior middleweight Robert Medley (25-2, 17 KOs) captured the IBF Australasian interim championship when Indonesian Aswin Cabuy (11-8-1, 4 KOs) retired in his corner at the conclusion of round three on Friday at the Cube, Cambelltown NSW, Australia. 6’0 Medley took control of the contest in round one as he delivered power head and body shots on his 5’7 opponent. Southpaw Cabuy was deducted a point in round two for continual infringements and in round three the visitor was dropped by a solid combination and was with unsteady feet at the bell. The corner of Cabuy retired their boxer to save him from further punishment.
Medley’s only losses came at the hands of one of the best welterweights in the world, Isaac Hlatswayo of South Africa, who challenges for the IBF title in August against Delvin Rodriguez. Cabuy scored his best win of his career in 2008 when he scored a twelve round decision over WBO world rated Samuel Colomban.
On the undercard, two time Australian champion Mathew Paulley (19-5-5, 7 KOs) outscored Moses Seran (20-15, 10 KOs) over eight rounds in a welterweight bout.The aggressive Seran was outboxed in most of the rounds by the skillful southpaw Paulley who used clever footwork and accurate combinations to keep ahead on the scorecards of all the judges. Scores were: Les Fear 79-73, Trevor Christian 78-74, Des Bloyd 78-75.
Former world rated IBF lightweight Ranee Ganoy (26-11-2, 22 KOs) stopped Heri Andriyanto (14-9-1, 9 KOs) of Indonesia in round five. Ganoy now training under the expert guidance of Graham Shaw boxed aggressively and had his opponent on the back move in all the rounds contested. In round five Ganoy was told to step up the action in between rounds by Shaw and he had the Indonesian on wobbly legs when referee Anthony Shipley gave him a standing eight count and shortly after the Australian based Filipino was crowned the winner at 2.18 of the round.
World class Ganoy will be in the ring on a regular basis against top international competition now that he is managed and trained by the Grange Gym.
Lenny Zappavigna (20-0, 14 KOs) outscored Filippino southpaw Rey Anton Olarte (8-10-2) in a lightweight bout over eight rounds. Zappa had his opponent in trouble in round four as he delivered powerful head and body shots, but Olarte survived the round. At the conclusion of eight the scores were 79-72, 79-73, 79-72.
Middleweight Kurt Bahram stopped Arama Tabuai in round three. Bahram, trained by David Birchell, was in charge in all the rounds and at 1.21 of round three, referee Les Fear saved Tabuai from further punishment.
Junior middleweight Jason Kanofski outworked Ben Costello in an action bout over six rounds to win a split decision. The shorter Kanofski was the aggressor and outworked his opponent in a fight that was contested at close quarters in all the rounds. Scores were 58-56, 58-56 and 56-58.
Featherweight Ernie Gonzalez of the Philippines won a crowd pleasing four round bout over Kane Buckley.
Promoter: Bill Treacy. Matchmaker: Pat Kennedy. Ring announcer: Rick Powell. Ringside commentators: Andy Raymond and world rated middleweight Daniel Geale.
In attendance at ringside was newly crowned IBO 147 champion Lovemore Ndou and former world welterweight and middleweight challenger Shannan Taylor. The promotion was televised throughout Australia on Foxtel Cable Television network.