By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Tim Barry
Former WBA middleweight challenger Jamie “Mr Business” Pittman (21-2, 8 KOs) was impressive as he outscored Tim Kanofski (11-4) in an action bout over six rounds at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Broad Beach Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Pittman, 6’1, boxing from the southpaw stance controlled the action in all the rounds as he connected, consistently with accurate combinations on his aggressive opponent. Kanofski came to fight but had no answer to the world class skills of the Athens 2004 Olympian. Pittman’s amateur record: (111-26). Pittman lost WBA middleweight challenge in 2008 when Felix Sturm stopped him in seven rounds. Pittman is managed by Bill Treacy and trained by Graham Shaw. “Pittman will be in regular action in 2011 and we will be looking for world rated opponent,” said Shaw.
In other action WBO #14 heavyweight Alex “Lion Heart” Leapai (22-3-3, 17 KOs) bombed out American Jason Barnett (12-13) of St Petersburg, Florida, in round one. Barnett had previously lost to Mark de Mori in seven rounds in 2009 and 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist Audley Harrison in five rounds in 2008.
Australian based Samoan Leapai scored wins over three highly regarded Americans in 2010 – Darnel Wilson was outscored over eight and Owen Beck and Travis Walker was stopped in six and four rounds respectively. He is trained and managed by Noel Thornberry. “Alex Leapai has world class power and is ready for the best heavyweights in the world,” said Thornberry.
Former Australian light heavyweight amateur champion Daniel Baff (12-1-1, 10 KOs) outscored Kashif Mumtaz (6-20-1, 5 KOs) over eight rounds in his first bout since defeating American Shannan Miller in two rounds in Biloxi, Mississippi in 2009. Baff is an outstanding prospect but has been inactive in recent months. Australian rugby league football star Sonni Bill Williams (3-0, 2 KOs) 236 lbs scored six round decision over Scott Lewis (3-5, 1 KO) 223 lbs.
Lewis, 6’1 outworked Williams, 6’4 in round one but in the following rounds the mobile Williams used an accurate left jab to rattle up the points and kept his opponents of balance. Lewis had previously stopped football hard man Carl Webb in three rounds.
Former New Zealand cruierweight amateur representative David Aloua (1-0, 1 KO) made a successful professional debut by stopping Jae Bryce (1-2) in three rounds.
Light heavyweight Shannan King (3-0, 3 KOs) stopped debutant Daniel Kerr in four rounds and lightweight Billel Dibb (1-0, 1 KO) stopped Jayson MacGurr (1-2, 1 KO) in two rounds.
Televised on Foxtel Main Event Pay-Per-View. Promoter: Tony Mundine Snr.