By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world champion Ricky Hatton was special guest at the Foxtel Televised Fenech Fight Night Grange Gym promotion at the Roundhouse at University of NSW, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday which featured leading Australian super middleweight Peter Mitrevski Jnr (21-6-1, 10 KOs) scoring an impressive four round stoppage of Opeti Tagi (13-5, 6 KOs) of Fiji.
Mitrevski hurt Tagi consistently as he delivered power left rips and left hooks to the head in all the rounds. In round three Mitrevski dropped his opponent with a solid combination and in round four Opeti was down again and shortly after referee John Gauchi crowned the Aussie at 1:02.
Mitrevski said, ” I will be boxing at middleweight soon and would like to challenge the IBF champion Sebastian Sylvester who beat me in 2006. I would like to thank Gary Francisco from the Grange Gym for giving me the opportunity to fight tonight. I will be helping Anthony Mundine to prepare for his bout with Robert Medley for IBO world title on January 11.”
Mitrevski captured the IBF Pan Pacific 168 pound belt which has previously been held by Anthony Mundine, Danny Green, Sakio Bika and Shannan Taylor. Former two time WBC 175 pound champion Jeff Hitman Harding placed the belt around Mitrevski.
In supporting bout former IBF 130 pound champion Gairy St Clair (42-10-2, 18 KOs) was down in round two of his bout with Moses Seran (21-17, 11 KOs) of Indonesia but outworked his opponent to receive a six round points win by scores of 57-56, 57-56, 57-56.
Big punching 140 pounder Ranee Ganoy (29-11-2, 24 KOs) knocked out Kongthawat Sorkitti (47-36-1, 34 KOs) in round one with a perfect delivered left rip to the body – left hook to the jaw. Time 2.13. Ricky Hatton said, “Any boxer in the world would be proud to deliver that combination.”
Australian featherweight champion Joel Brunker (12-0, 7 KOs) stopped Thailand’s Kong Kiatprachagym (5-5, 2 KOs) in round three. The import was down in round two and at :37 of round three referee Les Fear crowned Brunker who looks destined for international recognition.
Former Australian welterweight champion Mathew Paulley (19-6-5, 7 KOs) was upset in two rounds by Steve Maxwell (5-3, 3KOs). Paulley was down in round one and in round two referee Les Fear crowned Maxwell :31 after Paulley was down from a barrage of punches.
Former world cup silver medalist Dilshod Mahmudov (2-0, 2 KOs) made short work of experienced Thai Staporn Singwancha (19-9-1, 11 KOs).
Southpaw Muhmdov connected with powerful body shot that dropped the Thai twice in round one and referee crowned the Australian-based Uzbek 147 pounder who is trained by former amateur flyweight champion Lincoln Hudson and managed by Fidel Tukel.
Six foot welterweights Robert Whaley (2-1-1) and Romano Sanna (0-4-2) boxed a crowd pleasing majority draw over four rounds. Scores were 38-38, 38-38 and 40-36 (Whaley).