By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #3, WBA #7, WBC #10, IBF #9 Will Tomlinson (20-0-1, 12 KOs) will defend the IBO 130 pound title against Malcolm Klassen (27-5-2, 14 KOs) of South Africa over twelve rounds on Thursday at The Melbourne Pavillion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Tomlinson is in the best shape of his career and is ready for a tough fight.
Tomlinson’s trainer Lincoln Hudson said, “Klassen’s record speaks for itself and I don’t know how the bookies can say Will is a red-hot favourite. I don’t know if people realise how good this boxer is. It is by far Will’s toughest fight.”
In his most recent fights, Tomlinson defeated Irving Berry (Panama) and Daniel Ruiz (Mexico) in 2012 title bouts and in 2011 outscored Alan Herrera (Mexico) over twelve.
Klassen defeated Bongan Mahiangu and former champion Cassius Baloyi in eight round bouts in 2012. Baloyi was also stopped in seven rounds by Klassen in a 2009 IBF 130 pound title bout but lost the title to Robert Guerrero in a close twelve round contest.
WBA #15 Garth Wood (11-3-1, 7 KOs) will clash with Virgil Kalakoda (24-8-3, 16 KOs) over ten rounds with the vacant WBA Pan African middleweight title..
Wood is best remembered for shocking the boxing world in 2010 by scoring a fifth round knockout over Anthony Mundine. In 2010 Wood captured the the Aistralian Contender championship by defeating Kariz Kariuki. IBF #1 Sam Soliman outscored Wood in 2012
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