By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
IBO 130 pound champion Will Tomlinson (19-0,12KO’s) defended the title successfully when he was awarded a technical decision after seven rounds over Mexico’s Daniel Ruiz (27-5-1, 19 KOs) in a scheduled twelve round bout at the Melbourne Pavillion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. The fight was stopped prematurely due to a power failure that caused a blackout.
Tomlinson dropped Ruiz with a perfectly timed left hook in round one with respected American referee Steve Smoger applying the eight count to the visitor. Wild Will controlled the action in all the following rounds as he outworked his taller opponent connecting consistently with power left hooks and right hands that visibly hurt Ruiz. Tomlinson received a cut eye in round three due to an accidental head clash. Scores at the conclusion Gary Dean 70-62, Steve Scott 69-63, Adam Height 70-62.
Tomlinson looks ready to go after the best in the 130 pound division including champions, (IBF) Jorge Salgado, (WBC) Takahiro Aoh, (WBA) Takashi Uchiyama and (WBO) Adrien Broner.
In other action, classy light heavyweight Blake Caparello (12-0-1, 5 KOs) outscored tough as nails Kiwi Robert Berridge (15-1-1, 11 KOs) over ten rounds of non-stop action. Caparello went should to shoulder with aggressive Berridge and outworked him in most of the rounds to be awarded the decision. Scores were 97-95, 99-93, 97-93.
Also cruiserweight star Brad “Hollywood” Pitt (13-0, 10 KOs) defeated former world rated (WBA) Joel Casey (15-10-3, 10 KOs) over six rounds. Casey was down in round one from a right hand and suffered a cut over the eye in round four, which referee Malcolm Bulner had ringside doctor Peter Lewis inspect but it was ruled okay to continue. Scores 60-53, 60-54, 58-55.
Hot prospect 154-pounder Dwight Ritchie (8-0) dropped Michael Hermmann (2-2) in round one from right uppercut and went on to win by scores of 60-52, 60-52, 58-55.
Cruiserweight Kane Watts (8-1, 3 KOs) clearly outscored Walter Pupu’a (12-17, 8 KOs) over six entertaining rounds. Scores 59-57, 59-55, 60-54.
Light welterweight Brett William Smith (12-1, 7 KOs) stopped Brendan Batty (17-28, 12 KOs) at 2:39 of round three.
Super middleweight Hakan Tekin (1-0,1KO) made a successful debut by halting Paul Watson (1-1) at 1:30 of the opening round.
Light welterweight Qamil Balla (0-0-1) boxed a four round draw with Filipino Alan Tuniacao (3-5-7). Scores were 38-38, 38-38, 38-37.
Promoter Barry Michael. Televised on Foxtel Television Network. Ring announcer Howard Leigh.