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Pittman, Leapai return Saturday

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Tim Barry

Former WBA middleweight challenger Jamie Pittman (20-2, 8 KOs) will be in action over eight rounds when he clashes with Tim Kanofski (11-3, 0 KOs) at the Gold Coast Convention Center at Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Pittman will start a red hot favorite but the tough Kanofski always comes to fight and has a good work rate but lacks finishing power.

Also in action will be WBO #14 heavyweight Alex Leapai (21-3-3, 16 KOs), who will punch it out with 36-year-old Florida heavyweight Jason Barnett (12-12, 6 KOs) over eight rounds.

Pittman challenged Felix Sturm unsuccessfully for the WBA middleweight title in 2008 losing in seven rounds. Pittman’s trainer Graham Shaw said, “Jamie is a very good student of boxing and he is hungry to learn. He wants to be a world champion and is IBF #1 Daniel Geale’s main sparring partner so he is getting the best preparation. I was happy with Jamie’s last fight when he outscored Togaslima Letoa.”

Leapai is trained and managed by Noel Thornberry who commented, “Alex had a big year in 2010 defeating American heavyweights Darnell Wilson on points and stopping Owen Beck in six and Travis Walker in four rounds. I’m expecting a good win for Alex on Saturday.”

In other bouts, light heavyweight Daniel Baff will return to the ring when he meets Kashif Mumtaz and former rugby league star Sonni Bill Williams will have his toughtest test to date when he clashes with Scott Lewis in a heavyweight eight round bout.

Promoter is Tony Mundine. Televised on Fox Main Event Pay-Per-View.

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