By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former WBA middleweight challenger Jamie Pittman (19-1, 8 KOs) will clash with Ghana’s Joseph Kwadio (13-1, 9 KOs) at the La Montage Reception Center in Sydney, NSW, Australia on Thursday. Former WBO featherweight challenger Billy Dib (25-1, 13 KOs) will be in action against Filipino Reynaldo Belandres (13-1, 8 KOs) over eight rounds.
Pittman’s only loss was when he fought against Felix Sturm for the WBA 160 pound title. He was turned back in seven rounds in 2008. IBF #15 Pittman holds a KO in four rounds win over IBF and WBA world rated Les Sherrington and also defeated South African William Gare in eight rounds.
Kwadio is originally from Ghana but is now based in Suva, Fiji.
Dib’s only loss came at the hands of Steven Luevano for the WBO 126 pound title bout via decision in 2008 but scored his best win in Madison Square Garden, New York when he easily outscored world rated Rogers Mtgwa in 2007. Dib defeated Davey Browne in eight rounds in one of the best Australian fights of 2009.
Belandres lost a close decision to Davey Browne in 2009 and will be solid opposition to Dib.
Australian super middleweight champion Michael Bolling (11-0, 9 KOs) will have the toughest test of his career when he will defend his title against Australian based Russian KO artist Victor Oganov (30-3, 28 KOs).
Australian based 140 pounder Ranee Ganoy (29-11-2,25 KOs) will punch it out with Thailands Decha Bankluagym (30-10-3, 16 KOs). Bankluagym is a former IBF youth champion and lost to current IBO 147 pound champion Lovemore Ndou in a previous trip to Australia.
Classy cruiserweight Dominic Vea (12-1, 10 KOs) will meet Anthony McCracken (11-4, 4 KOs) in an action-packed eight rounder.
Hot middleweight prospect Steve Casserley (4-0, 2 KOs) will clash with New Zealand’s David Wiremu (14-22-3, 6 KOs) over four rounds.
Promoter Bill Treacy said, “There are very good fights on the card featuring world ranked Jamie Pittman and Billy Dib who are in against solid opposition. Special interest in bouts featuring Michael Bolling, Ranee Ganoy, Dominic Vea and Steve Casserley who are all boxing tough opponents.”
Televised throughout Australia on Foxtel Cable Television Network.