By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo by Tim Barry
Former world heavyweight challenger Kali “Checkmate” Meehan (36-4, 29 KOs) outpointed Evans “The Sandman” Quinn (18-5-1, 16 KOs) over twelve rounds to capture the IBF Pan Pacific title on Thursday at the La Montage Reception Center, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Meehan, at 6.5″ and 239.9lbs, was the aggressor from round one pumping out the left hand to the head and right hands to the body to rattle up the points. Quinn, 224lbs, displayed good evasion, ring skills and fast hands as he had his good moments connecting with fast combinations. In round seven Meehan delivered a right hand bomb to the head of the American that had him on unsteady legs. At the conclusion scores were 118-110, 117-114, 117-113.
Meehan is coming off a points loss to former world heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev in Germany in a May WBA eliminator. Quinn was born in Nicaragua and will be now based in Australia it was announced
Australian featherweight champion “Aussie” Joel Brunker (16-0, 10 KOs) was impressive in stopping Indonesian Carlos Lopez (20-7, 7 KOs) in two rounds to capture the vacant WBO Youth title. Power body shots had Lopez on the canvas three times in the second round at which point the referee Briana McMahon called it off at 2.20. Brunker is expertly managed by Angelo Di Carlo. Lopez had gone six rounds with Billy Dib.
IBF #4 featherweight Billy Dib (28-1, 16 KOs) scored a stoppage over courageous import Ceferino Lambarda (19-2, 7 KOs) when the towel came into the ring at the start of the sixth round from Lambarda’s corner. Dib was at his brilliant best, connecting consistently on the tough visitor with power combinations that slowly chopped down the Argentinian. Lambardo was dropped in round five from a barrage of heavy punches and did not recover between rounds. Lambarda’s only other loss came at the hands of Steve Molitor, the IBF 122 pound champion when he was stopped in ten rounds of a title shot.
Former 2004 Athens Olympian Adam Forsyth (9-0, 8 KOs)forced a fourth round stoppage over American Chris “Cold Steel” Thomas (17-13-2, 14 KOs) in a scheduled eight round bout. Thomas, 6.3″, started well as he scored with power right hand shots in round one that had Forsyth on wobbly legs, but the tough New Zealand born Australian based cruiserweight stepped up a gear in round two and had the import in trouble in round three. In round four a solid barrage dropped Thomas and referee Gary Dean crowned Forsyth at 1.34. Thomas has met several world rated boxers including B.J. Flores who he dropped a twelve round decision to in 2007 in a WBF super cruiserweight title bout. Forsyth is destined for international honors as a cruiserweight.
Former world water skiing champion and model Lauryn Eagle (1-0, 1 KO) made a successful professional debut at welterweight poundage and stopped prison guard Kay Hodgson (0-2) in round one. Hodgson, 5.5″ was aggressive but the 5.10″ Eagle connected with solid head and body shots that had her in trouble and at 1.30 referee Brian McMahon crowned Eagle. “I am very happy to win tonight and I want to thank my trainer Gairy St Claire and the promoter Bill Treacy,” said Eagle. Former world IBF 130 pound champion Gairy St Claire who boxed the best including Diego Corrales, Leonard Dorin and Cassius Baloyi – trains Eagle. “Lauryn is a pleasure to train. She has a good future as a boxer,” said St Claire.
Filipino Rey Anton Olarte (12-14-4, 2 KOs) edged Alex Ahtong (4-8-2, 3 KOs) in a welterweight six. Scores 58-57, 58-57, 57-57.