By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos by Werner Kalin
Australian junior lightweight Will Tomlinson (14-0-1, 11 KOs) scored an eight round knockout over Indonesian Elly Ray (7-5-1, 3 KOs) to capture the WBO Oriental interim title at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. The Australian power puncher dominated the Indonesian boxer in all the rounds and the KO came in round eight. Tomlinson scored the most impressive win of his career against Roy Jones, Jr., on the Danny Green undercard in 2009 when he stopped well credentialed American Verquan Kimbrough (21-2-3) in three rounds. Kimbrough had several big names on his record but was never in the fight against the aggressive big punching Aussie.
On the undercard veteran Australian heavyweight Colin “Kid Coalminer” Wilson (35-26-1, 21 KOs) lost a ten round split decision to former Australian amateur champion Justin Whitehead (4-0, 2 KOs) who captured the Australian heavyweight title. This was an impressive performance by Whitehead who was an outstanding amateur, but was only having his fifth paid contest. 6’5 Wilson, 38 years, had been in the ring with several world class heavyweights including Corrie Sanders, Oleg Platov, Kali Meehan and Alex Leapai.
Former Olympian Brad Pitt (6-0, 5 KOs) stopped tough Tongan Walter Pupua (11-9, 8 KOs) in three rounds. Pitt is destined for international honors as a professional.
Welterweight Samuel Colomban (17-3, 8 KOs) outscored Ade Alfons (14-11, 4 KOs) in a six round bout.
Promoter: Barry Michael and Brian Amatruda.