By Craig Watt
Former WBA middleweight title challenger Jamie Pittman returned to winning ways in Newcastle, New South Wales on February 20th with an impressive eight round points victory over game Josh Clenshaw. The 27 year old southpaw won by scores of 80-72 from all three judges. Pittman was stopped by Felix Sturm inside seven rounds in April 2008 in a challenge for the WBA title and boxed well on the outside, constantly circling Clenshaw and catching him with his effective southpaw jab. The 32 year old Clenshaw moved forward at every opportunity but was unable to land his power shots and Pittman won every round clearly. This was a confidence boosting win for Pittman who was dropped three times by Sturm in his title fight and now moves his professional record to 18 wins with just the one defeat and 8KO’s.
Pittman had an excellent amateur pedigree captaining the 2004 Australian Olympic boxing team and enjoyed 104 wins in 127 amateur contests before turning pro in 2005, having represented Australia in over 40 international amateur contests. Josh Clenshaw now drops to 26-14 with 13 KO’s with this defeat. This is Pittman’s second winning start since his lost to Sturm and plans to take on a world ranked opponent in his next contest.
In the co-main event, former two-time IBO Welterweight challenger Rob Medley from New South Wales won an exciting twelve round contest against Tui Leveni for the vacant IBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight Title. The 27 year old from New South Wales won by scores of 118-111, 115-114 and 118-109.
In an early contender for Australian “Fight of the Year” the bout was fought toe to toe for the whole duration, with Levini showing great heart and determination after appearing to break his nose in the second round. The 25 year old Levini was Australian champion and despite his relatively inexperienced record of 8-1 going into the fight, never gave up and whenever caught by the slick boxing of Medley, always responded with left hooks and body shots. Medley dropped the brave Levini with a straight left hand in the ninth round and always threw the higher volume of punches, although appeared to tire in the last two rounds. He deserved the unanimous decision but Levini’s performance enhanced his growing reputation as one of Australia’s top boxing prospects. Medley has enhanced his record to 23-2 with his only two losses coming in challenges to highly regarded IBO Welterweight champion Isaac Hlatshwayo over the twelve rounds.