By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
In a Foxtel nationally televised promotion, WBO #8 Alex “Lion Heart” Leapai (28-4-3, 23 KOs) stopped late replacement Joe Lloyd (2-5, 2 KOs) in round one at the Royal International Convention Center Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Thursday when scheduled opponent John Napri (18-0, 12 KOs) of Ghana failed the medical so could not fight. Lloyd who is a cruiserweight was in over his head and referee Steve Marshall called it off at 1.18
WBA #4 middleweight Jarrod “Left Jab” Fletcher (16-1, 10 KOs) stopped Philip Kotey (28-6-2, 21 KOs) in round six of a scheduled ten. Referee Phil Austin crowned Fletcher at 2:28. Kotey was given a count in round three when he was in trouble on the ropes. Kotey complained about the stoppage.
Fletcher’s only loss is to Englishman Billy Joe Saunders. In the amateur ranks, Fletcher defeated current world rated James DeGale and Adonis Stevenson at the 2006 Commonwealth Games
London 2012 light heavyweight Olympian Damien Hooper(2-0, 2 KOs) stopped Kashif Mumtaz (8-37-1, KOs) in round one. Referee Cyril Cairns crowned Hooper at 1.04 after Mumtaz visited the canvas. (At the London Olympics Hooper defeated Marcus Browne of the USA but lost to Russian Egor Mekhontsev.)
London light welterweight Olympian Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (3-0, 3 KOs) stopped Nuengsiam Kiatsongsang (0-4) in round one. Referee Phil Austin crowned Horn at 2.42 after the Thai had been down twice. (At London Olympics Horn defeated Gilbert Choombe of Zambia and Abderrazak Haouia of Tunisia before losing to Denis Berinchik of Ukraine.)
Promoter Noel Thornberry.