By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBC #22 cruiserweight Dominic Vea (12-1, 10 KOs) stopped New Zealand’s Seiaute Mailata (12-10-1, 9 KOs) in two rounds on Friday to capture the WBO Oriental interim title at the Blacktown RSL club in Blacktown, NSW, Australia. Vea and Mailata went toe to toe in round one and the visitor scored with some solid head and body shots on the tough Australian to edge the round. Vea connected with power combination’s in round two that dropped the New Zealand boxer twice and referee Gary Dean saved Mailata from further punishment when he crowned Vea the winner. Vea is in great shape after several solid sparring sessions recently with former WBA light heavyweight champion Danny Green.
Vea said: “It was a honor to spar with Danny. I could be challenging for the commonwealth title soon. It is all coming down to dollars to see if the fight happens.”
Vea captured the OPBF cruiserweight title in 2007 when he stopped Ryosuke Takahashi in eight rounds in Tokyo, Japan. He is trained by former lightweight professional star Dylan Nye.
Mailata had taken former world heavyweight contender Ed Mahone the distance losing over eight rounds in New Zealand in 2007. On the undercard former amateur star Joel Brunker (10-0, 5 KOs) outscored Ernie Gonzalez Junior (5-4-1, 3 KOs) to capture the vacant Australian featherweight crown in a crowd pleasing ten round bout.
Both boxers came to fight and slugged it out in every round but it was the cleaner punching of Brunker that had him edging most of the rounds. Scores at the conclusion Gary Dean 99-93, Pat O’Connor 100-92, Alex Fraser 100-90.
Brunker is trained by John Barber and managed by top Queensland promoter Angelo DiCarlo. World of Boxing writer and former Australian amateur champion Nathan DiCarlo was in Brunker’s corner.
Gonzalez is trained by former Aussie champ and Manny Pacquiao opponent – Todd Makelin.
In a junoir middleweight eight round bout world class Robert Medley (26-2, 17 KOs) outscored Lee Oti (10-9-1, 5 KOs) of New Zealand in a bout that produced several hard punching exchanges that both boxers staggered with but at the end of eight, the 6’0 Medley was awarded a clear decision. Gary Dean 80-71, Alex Fraser 80-71, Pat O’Connor 80-70.
Medley’s only losses are to current IBF welterweight champion Isacc Hlatswayo.
Former world rated lightweight KO artist Ranee Ganoy (27-11-2, 23 KOs) stopped Indonesian lightweight champion Roy Manihuruk (8-3-2) in round three. Ganoy dropped the import in round two and again in round three and referee Anthony Shipley crowned the Australian based Filipino at 57 seconds of the round. The Indonesian was on the canvas for several minutes.
World rated Lenny Zappavigna (21-0, 15 KOs) stopped Thai import Thongthai Rajanondh (16-12) in round one. A powerful body shot dropped the Thai for the full ten count.
IBF #14 Zappavigna has signed with Gary Shaw and will be in action on Chad Dawson vs Glen Johnsion undercard bout on November 7th in the USA. Australian 130 pound champion Will Tomlinson (8-0-1, 8 KOs) chopped down welterweight David Wiremu of New Zealand in three rounds. Wiremu was in trouble in round two and given a standing eight count by referee Gary Dean and in round three was dropped twice after savage body attack’s by Tomlinson at which point the referee crowned the Australian the winner at 2.14 of the round.
Promoter: Bill Treacy. Ring announcer: Rick Powell. Televised throughout Australia on Foxtel cable television network