By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO lightweight champion Lenny Zappavigna (24-0, 16 KOs) found the range for his solid combinations against Billy Sumba (18-2-1, 4 KOs) of Indonesia in round one and dropped the import for a ten count in round two . Referee Charlie Lucas crowned IBF #12 Zappavigna at :.23. ” My next fight will be in the USA when I will defend my IBO title,” Zappavigna said. “My manager Gary Shaw will arrange that fight.” Zappavigna trained by Tommy Mercuri. Zappa’s best performance came in March when he outscored Fernando Angulo over twelve rounds at the Rancho Mirage in California to capture the IBO 135 pound title.
Classy 2004 Athens Heavyweight Olympian Adam Forsyth (8-0, 7 KOs) dropped New Zealand’s 40 year old Bob Gasio (11-15, 3 KO’s) three times in round one and was crowned the winner. Forsythe said, ” I want to challenge Danny Green. We both live in Perth and he knows who I am.” Forsyth formerly of New Zealand but has been based in Australia for several years.
Super middleweight George Xerras (5-1-1, 2 KOs) outscored Michael Van Nimwegen (3-1, 2 KOs) over eight action rounds to capture the New South Wales State title. scores 77-76, 78-74, 78-75.. Former amateur star Van Nimwegen trained by former Olympic representative Brendon Cannon – boxed skillfully but Xerras , trained by Tommy Mercuri – boxed aggressively to edge most of the rounds.
Lightweight Cody Philp (1-0-1) was impressive in scoring a clear four round points decision over Kane Buckley (1-17-2, 1 KO). Philp connected with heavy head and body shots on the durable Kane in all contested rounds. Kane was never in trouble but absorbed several heavy shots…scores 40-36, 40-36, 40-36
Heavyweight Grant Francis 257lbs outworked Ben Naqasima 244lbs over four rounds. Francis, 36 years, scored with long range straight lefts and right crosses that kept the 5’10 Naqasima, 42 years, off balance. Scores 40-35, 40-35, 40-34
Hot light heavyweight prospect Trent Broadhurst (1-0, 1 KO) was impressive in scoring a second round knockout over Faitua Kalolo of New Zealand. Broadhurst dominated round one and at 24 seconds of round two delivered a solid combination that dropped the import cold. Broadhurst managed by Angelo Di Carlo and trained by former national champion Chris McCullen
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