By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBA #15 super middleweight Les Sherrington (25-5, 15 KOs) scored the best win of his career when he stopped former two time world challenger Shannan Taylor (49-7-3, 35 KOs) on Friday at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia. Sherrington found the range early in round one as he delivered accurate head and body punches over his shorter opponent. Taylor was cut over the right eye by an accidental head clash in round two. Referee Phil Austin had the doctor inspect the cut but he ruled it okay to continue. Taylor was deducted a point in round four for use of the head.
In round five Sherrington trapped Taylor on the ropes and connected with a barrage of punches at which point the referee saved Taylor from further punishment. Going into the fight Taylor was the betting favorite.
IBF#13 Taylor gave Anthony Mundine one of his toughest fights in 2009. Taylor dropped twelve round decision to Arthur Abraham in 2006 in IBF 160 title bout. He lost in six rounds to all time great Shane Mosley in 2001. Taylor knocked out former WBA lightweight champion Livingston Bramble in 1995 and scored a three round knockout over former IBF junior welterweight champion Jake Rodriguez.
Sherrigton dropped a twelve round decision to South Africa’s William Gare in 2008. On the undercard veteran super middleweight Glen Fitzpatrick (15-14-2, 6 KOs) lost a split decision to Les Piper (11-4-3, 2 KOs) over ten rounds.
In a super middleweight six, Matt Burns (5-6) won a split decision over Chris Stweart (6-3). Trevor Jacky (2-0) won a majority four round decision over Brain Hatchett(0-2) at super middleweight. Welterweight Robert Coorey was stopped in two rounds by Billy Stewart. Heavyweight Brad Pitt (4-0, 3 KOs) won a four round verdict over Helmaloto Manukailea (4-2). Welterweight Alex Artong (3-4-2) stopped American born Casey Hannan (2-1-1). Heavyweight John Szigeti (4-1) stopped Jamie Middleton (0-5).
Promoter: Jamie Myer. Televised on Foxtel cable television network. Commentators: Andy Raymond and Chris McMullen.