Undefeated cruiserweight Daniel ”Danger” McGlashan kept his unblemished record intact with a four round unanimous decision over New Zealand’s Ratu Sailosi Dawai 2-5-1 (1). The 23 year-old from Bunbury moves to 7-0 (2).
Also on the card Fano Kori 2-0 (1) scored a 1st round KO of Thai Audid Wilaha 0-2 and debutant Alex Hanan also put away fellow first-timer Fahmongkol Liangprasert from Thailand in the first. Both fights were contested at the junior middleweight limit.
Foley snatches victory from the jaws of defeat against Katiandagho
Hard-hitting southpaw Darragh Foley 11-2 (8) had to rely on his heavy hands to deliver victory from the jaws of defeat against talented Filipino Sonny Katiandagho 11-2 (6) on Saturday night at Doltone House in Sylvania Waters, Sydney to retain his WBA Oceania 140-pound title.
Foley looked to open strong but a number of headclashes in the second round opened a small cut over his left brow. Katiandagho got his hands going in the third, landing punches in bunches through to – and after – the bell. The Pinoy visitor maintained control in the fourth and continued to deliver punishment in the fifth, with Foley’s left cheek suddenly swollen from the combined effects of punches and headclashes.
Trailing on two cards and even on the third as they entered the fateful sixth, Foley knew he needed something big to turn the fight around. Switching to orthodox to save further punishment to his cheek, the move seemed to baffle Katiandagho who had found his rhythm and timing against his opponent’s southpaw stance. The decision to changed stance proved to be a master stroke as in the dying moments of the round a huge right hand pegged Katiandagho and sent him sprawling to the canvas, his head resting on the bottom rope. Katiandagho’s cornermen rushed into the ring and immediately stopped the fight.
“I’m a southpaw boxer and when I got the eye injury I had to switch it up because I couldn’t see too well the shots coming that way,” said Foley in the ring immediately after the fight. “I can also box orthodox, I can do it all. I went orthodox one round and I knocked him out. So when you carry devastating power in both hands…. My power had to bail me out tonight.”
Foley was behind 46-49, 46-50 and 48-48 at the time of the stoppage. The 28 year-old, who is ranked #15 by the WBA, has clear intentions to capitalize on that ranking as soon as the damage to his left cheekbone heals.
“I’m the WBA Oceania champion,” said Foley. “I have a mandatory, the interim champion, down in Melbourne. He’s called [WBA #4] Czar Amonsot. How many times do you hear the champion calling out his mandatory? I’m here, you want it? I’ll even go into his backyard. Let me tell you one thing. Mr Big Time Boxing, Brian Amatruda, you want me down there, you’re going to get your want now mate.”
Headlining the card welterweight Jack “The Ripper” Brubaker 13-1-1 (7) successfully defended his OPBF title against Mark “The Slam Man” Sales 22-41-4 (8) from the Philippines. Despite his journeyman record Sales had been on a bit of a streak, going 2-0-1 with two knockouts in his last three bouts, including a split draw away from home to Japan’s Ryuki Ikeda 11-3-1 (7) last October. Unfortunately for Sales it didn’t mean much to the 25 year-old from Cronulla, who walked his much shorter opponent into a counter right hand that dropped him and stopped him in the second.
George Kambosos Jr vs Qamil Balla added to Parker vs Fury undercard
An intriguing all-Australian lightweight clash has been added to the Joseph Parker vs Hughie Fury WBO heavyweight title fight on 6th May at Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand when Sydney’s “Ferocious” George Kambosos Jr 11-0 (6) squares off against Melbourne’s Qamil “Golden Boy” Balla 11-0-1 (5) over 10 rounds.
Balla won the national 140 pound title against Jack Brubaker in 2013 and successfully defended it against Terry Tzouramanis in 2014. Last month 27 year-old Balla destroyed Rodolfo Puente 18-3-2 (14) of Colombia in the first round to win the interim WBA Oceania lightweight title. The only blemish on Balla’s ledger was a majority draw on debut over four rounds against Filipino Allan Jay Tuniacao five years ago.
WBA #10 Kambosos Jr is riding a high after outboxing domestic rival Brandon Ogilvie last December over 12 rounds to claim the WBA Oceania lightweight title. The 23 year-old Kambosos Jr is a former PABA lightweight titleholder who doesn’t lack for confidence and isn’t afraid to let people know.
The fight for local bragging rights has Aussie boxing fans split right down the middle.
An Anzac clash between Aussie southpaw Sam Ah See 13-0-1 (6) and Kiwi Anthony “TNT” Taylor 13-1-1 (7) over 10 rounds at welterweight has also been added to the card. Ah See has competed at both welterweight and junior middleweight, while Taylor has bounced between 140 and 147 pounds throughout his career. Ah See has fought the better competition but has never fought outside of his native Australia. The vacant IBF Australasian welterweight title will be up for grabs.
Billel Dib returns to the States to face Yuandale Evans
World ranked Sydney super featherweight Billel “Baby Face” Dib 21-1 (10) will return to the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, USA on 21st April to face Yuandale “Money Shot” Evans 18-1 (14) over 10 rounds. The card is a co-promotion between Holden Productions and DiBella Entertainment.
Last time the 27 year-old Dib was in the United States he scored a solid points win over eight rounds against Carlos Padilla 16-5-1 (10) at the same casino last December.
The only loss on Dib’s ledger came against Dylan Sendeckyj by split decision for the national super featherweight title in 2012. Dib reversed the result two fights later, dominating Sendeckyj for seven rounds before stopping him in the 8th for the same title.
Dib, who is studying accounting and law en route to becoming a forensic accountant, is ranked WBA #13 and WBO #7.