By Craig Watt
Photo by Louie Rockfingrz
When Australian Dominic Vea (13-2, 10 KOs) captured the Commonwealth cruiserweight title in Penrith, New South Wales two weeks ago many were amazed at his bravery after he fought on from a first round broken nose to secure a split decision win over New Zealander Oscar Siale (12-5, 4 KOs) in one of the best fights seen in Australia in 2010 and a real contender for Fight of the Year “Down Under”.
Such was the damage to his nose from the break in the first and a cut on the bridge of his nose that opened in the same round that the doctor nearly called a halt in the fifth, his corner told him at the end of the ninth they were going to pull him out due to the damage but he showed great courage and determination to win a majority decision by scores of 116-113, 115-113 and 114-114. It was almost a real life Rocky Balboa performance from Vea.
At the end of each round when the corner tried to treat the nose he pushed them away, such was the pain he was in. Further cuts to his eyes meant that by the end of the twelve rounds Siale’s white shorts and white boots had turned a shade of pink from all the blood coming from Vea’s cuts.
By winning the fight Vea showed his arrival on the international stage and targets meaningful matches in the rest of 2010, including European champion Enzo Maccarinelli and a possible future match up with IBO champion and fellow Australian Danny Green.
Vea caught up with Fightnews prior to a planned holiday to the USA where he will take in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York on the 16th July.
Dominic, how are you feeling after the incredible war with Oscar Siale for the Commonwealth Title on the 1st of July in Penrith?
My cuts and nose are healing well now and I feel a lot better. I must admit that two days after the fight in Penrith my face and nose hurt really badly but I am on the mend now and delighted with the win and delighted with winning the Commonwealth Title, my first International Title. When you look back in history people like Lennox Lewis started with their path to the world title by winning the Commonwealth Crown so I am proud of my achievement.
At the end of the ninth round your corner were looking to pull you out with the damage to your face – how did you get through the final stages?
I must admit when I looked back at the tape it looked a lot worse than it felt at the time and my corner were worried that with broken nose, cut nose and cuts over my eyes and one swelling I had taken too much punishment but I had worked too hard to get to this point and knew this was an opportunity to secure an international title and move forward to my quest to one day be cruiserweight champion of the world.
Taking away the cuts, the fight was one of the best in 2010 in Australia – was this your toughest fight to date?
For sure, both of us knew there was a major opportunity and we had both trained really well. As soon as one of us got on top the other came back, round after round. It was great for the fans and I really enjoyed the event and was able to show what a true warrior spirit I had. I pulled away in the final three rounds when I knew it was do or die and I was up against the odds. It was like a real life Rocky movie with me as Rocky Balboa hanging on and showing true grit and determination. It was a good win and hopefully will bring me towards meaningful matches on the world level in 2010 and beyond.
What fights interest you?
Although it is soon after the fight people are saying what about former WBO champion Enzo Maccarinelli who got stopped by David Haye but has now captured the European Title and looked good in his last two fights. That could be a good fight once I have had a rest and I am looking to capture more titles and build on my boxing career around the world. I believe that one day I can become a world boxing champion.
What about a fight with IBO champion Danny Green?
That fight makes sense for both of us, perhaps in year’s time. I am sure the Australian boxing fans would be right behind that fight and Danny is on the crest of a wave after his great win against Roy Jones Jr last year. First though I want to make some defences of my Commonwealth Title and if we both stay unbeaten then in 2011 this would be a top fight for Australia and represent a chance for me to become a world champion. Everyone knows we had a brutal sparring session at Vic Darchynian’s Gym in Sydney in April and for all the people who were there, no quarter was given. That is where I first broke my nose and it would be great to get one over on Danny Green and take his IBO title but I need a few more fights just yet.
How did you get started in Boxing?
My first sport until my mid twenties was always Rugby League and I used to use boxing to get in shape in the off season as part of my conditioning. My uncle, Sione Sani who fought Tony Mundine in the 1960’s in Australia took me under his wing and helped me develop my skills. My other Uncle Fine Sani won Gold at light heavyweight at the Commonwealth Games in 1982 so I had some good role models to look up to in the sport. I only had five amateur fights before I turned professional in 2005 but have made good progress since and now committed to take my skills as far as they will take me. I am learning each fight and 2010 could be a big year for me.