By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos by Werner Kalin
IBF #13 welterweight Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso (18-0, 16 KOs) stopped Juan Alberto Godoy (25-12-1, 10 KOs) in four rounds of a scheduled twelve at the Knox Netball Center in Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Omotoso kept Godoy off balance in all the rounds as he connected with solid left jabs and power right crosses and did not allow Argentinean 147 pounder an opportunity to launch an attack. Omotoso dropped Godoy with a hard right hand to the jaw in round four and referee Tony Maretta crowned Omotoso at 2:51.
“Godoy has boxed several world class welterweights and had lost to Serhiy Fedchenko but pushed Carlos Vilches to a majority decision and beat Victor Hugo Paz,” said Omotoso’s manager Murray Thomson. “Omotoso has the power and skills to defeat all the contenders in the ratings in my opinion. I’ve recently seen highly rated Mike Jones receive a decision over Jesus Soto Karass and I think he was lucky to get the points in my opinion. Omotoso would beat both Mike Jones and Karass easily in my opinion. Hector David Saldivia was knocked out in round one against Said Ouali in 2010 and I am sure Wale would do the same only faster.”
In the main supporting bout, super middleweight big-puncher Manny Vlamis (7-2, 4 KOs) bombed out Kiwi Jeff Stutt (4-9, 4 KOs) in round one. Vlamis exploded power shots to the head and body of Stutt who visited the canvas twice and the referee crowned Vlamis at 2:00.
Vlamis’ only losses were to Australian middleweight champion Johannes Mwetupunga and tough Kashif Mumtaz. Vlamis looks to have a good future in the 168 pound division.
Light heavyweight Clinton Johnson (6-21, 3 KOs) was hurt several times during the six round bout with New Zealand’s Moses Ioelu (3-14, 1 KO) but came back well to outwork his opponent and receive a majority decision by scores of: Dale Westerman 59-55, Bryan Membrey 59-56, Anthony Hibbs 57-57.
Super bantamweight Kartu Arang (1-12-3) of New Guinea had too much power for Scott McLaughlan (0-1) over four rounds to win a split decision by scores 40-36, 38-39 and 40-36. Former world kick boxing champion Alex Tui was in Arang’s corner.
Promoter Murray Thomson.