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By Anthony Cocks



WBO number seven ranked super middleweight Rohan ‘No Mercy’ Murdock 23-1 (17) knocked out Pablo Daniel Zamora Nievas 33-16-1 (19) in the fourth round at the Pullman & Mercure Hotel in Brisbane, Queensland on Saturday night.


Fighting in the eight-round main event on the Steven Wijangco Presents and DDP Sports co-promotion, Murdock delivered a classy display to break down and stop the well-travelled Argentinean. Nievas was on the canvas twice before the fight was stopped at 1:54 of the fourth frame.


“I hadn’t fought in seven months so it was good to get in there with a journeyman and get some rounds out,” said Murdock to T2T Boxing. “Moving forward now, we want to fight on December 15 and lock in a top 15 world rated opponent and really step it up to get a world title shot.”


The 26-year-old Gold Coast boxer is looking to have two more fights before challenging reigning WBO 168-pound champion Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez 38-0 (25) in 2019 but would welcome the opportunity to take on any of the four major titleholders.


“My first goal is to win one of the world titles so whether that’s any of the top four boys, that’s what I want. Obviously I’m ranked by the WBO so Ramirez would be the first option,” continued Murdock, who is looking to land a big fight on the Gold Coast in March next year.


“Hopefully for our next fight we can fight for some other sanctioning body titles as well to broaden our chance of getting of getting our shot.”


The 168-pound division remains deep in Australia with Sydney’s Bilal Akkawy and Melbourne’s Jayde Mitchell and Zac Dunn joining Murdock in the world rankings.


WBC #12 and WBA #11 super middleweight Mitchell 17-1 (9) is coming off a hard-fought 10-round points win over Sydney banger ‘Capt’n’ Kerry Foley 19-4-1 (16) at the Melbourne Pavilion a fortnight ago, while Akkawy 18-0-1 (14) made his USA debut last Thursday night against Cristian Olivas 16-3 (13) on a Golden Boy Promotions card after spending back-to-back training camps in the States with middleweight boss Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. 


“Absolutely I’d be open to a fight with Jayde, especially because he’s ranked with the sanctioning bodies I’m not ranked with,” said Murdock.


“I rank Jayde Mitchell quite highly as a boxer. I thought he fought very well against Foley – as did Kerry. I think it would be a great fight for Australian boxing and I’d certainly be open to fighting someone like that.”


A fight against the heavy-handed Akkawy, who impressed both Oscar De La Hoya and Alvarez’s trainer Eddy Reynoso during his time in the States, is another bout Murdock says he is open to.


“I think it could potentially go the distance because we’ve both got good chins on us and we both can punch,” he said.


“It’s another great fight for Australian boxing. We’ve got a lot of great boxers coming through now, so who knows, if we can both build our names up we can have a super fight in the future.”




Sydney super middleweight ‘Bangin’’ Bilal Akkawy 18-0-1 (14) made his USA debut a successful one with a one-sided eight round points decision win over Cristian Olivas 16-3 (13) at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday night.


The 25-year-old Peakhurst puncher impressed the show’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions.


“He’s a tremendous talent. He has all the ingredients to one day become champion,” said De La Hoya in an interview with Australian journalist Paul Upham. “I’m looking at him very closely. We strongly feel that he has what it takes to be a great champion.”


The WBA number nine and IBF number 11 ranked contender had the 26-year-old Mexican on the deck in the second frame and consistently landed the heavier shots throughout the contest, running away the winner by scores of 80-71 across the board.


Akkawy has spent two training camps with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, impressing the Mexican middleweight champion’s trainer Eddy Reynoso who will now be training him.


“I want to teach him all the styles I taught Canelo so that’s why I want him to move to Guadalajara to train with me once the fight with Canelo and GGG is done,” Reynoso said to the Daily Telegraph last week.


Akkawy was coming off a 10-round virtual shutout victory over Italian veteran Giovanni De Carolis in February.




Top class rugby league player and part-time boxer Paul Gallen 8-0 (4) is considering an offer to face Glasgow Commonwealth Games super heavyweight silver medallist Joe ‘The Gun’ Goodall 4-0 (4) on the undercard of the Jeff Horn versus Anthony Mundine fight at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on November 30.


But first the Cronulla Sharks captain wants to overcomes a troublesome shoulder injury to lead his club to victory over the Melbourne Storm in their National Rugby League (NRL) preliminary final this Friday night at AAMI Park in Melbourne.


While a number of NRL players have crossed over to boxing as a sideline, most are more suited to a tent fight or a toughman contest. Gallen is a rare exception to the rule.


“Gallen is a tough guy,” admitted Goodall’s trainer Glenn Rushton to News Corp journalist Grantlee Kieza. “A big strong heavyweight with a lot of power and at number eight in the ratings [in Australia] he’s actually two places ahead if Joe.


“It’s an excellent match-up which would have all of Australia interested.”


Gallen has claimed some good scalps in the square circle since his pro debut in February 2014 with victories over OPBF heavyweight title challengers Herman Ene Purcell (twice) and Randall Rayment.


The 26-year-old Goodall – who won bronze in the super heavyweight division at the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Hamburg, Germany last year – is coming of his fourth consecutive first round knockout after claiming the scalp of three-time national champion Colin ‘Kid Coalminer’ Wilson on the undercard of the Rohan Murdock versus Pablo Nievas fight in Brisbane last Saturday night. 


Meanwhile the Horn-Mundine fight appears all set for November 30 at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, the venue where the ‘Fighting Schoolteacher’ scored his breakthrough win against Manny Pacquiao in front of more than 51,000 fans in July last year.


Negotiations had previously stalled over the contractual weight for the fight, with 71kg eventually agreed to by both sides. Mundine faces penalties of more than $1 million is he is more than 2kg over the weight at the official weigh-in.


The last sticking point of the gloves has now been agreed to, with Mundine set to wear Grants while Horn will be decked out in Everlast Powerlocks on his mitts.



Gutsy featherweight contender Luke ‘Action’ Jackson 16-1 (7) will return to the ring in December after suffering his first professional defeat last month.


The 33-year-old Tasmanian was stopped in nine round by classy Ulsterman Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton 26-1 (15) in a high profile bout for the interim WBO 126-pound title at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland on August 18.


“My next fight is in December,” wrote Jackson on social media on the weekend, adding: “Have to get up when we’re knocked down.”


The fight against an opponent to be named is expect to take place in Melbourne on Friday, December 14.


Jackson sustained a black eye, two perforated eardrums and various lumps, bumps and bruises in his loss to two-division champion Frampton, who finished him off with a body shot in the ninth.



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