It’s that time of year when we look back over the past 12 months and forward to the new year. In my annual review of Aussie boxers, I list the ones to watch by division in 2019. To keep things interesting, I have decided not to nominate the same boxer in my column twice. I have also included a review of the previous year’s nominee to see how close – or far – I was from the mark.
Aussie Wrap-up: Tommy Browne to face Anthony Mundine in January, Bilal Akkawy & Darragh Foley win in Punchbowl, Cherneka Johnson wins first title in Warrnambool, Kurtis Pegoraro wins big in China, Dwight Ritchie & Sylvia Scharper victorious at Melbourne Pavilion, Steve Lovett back with a win in Canberra, Zac Dunn KOs Cedric Spera
In a rough and tumble, bloody 12 round battle, Jeff Horn 18-0-1 (12) retained his WBO welterweight title with an 11th round stoppage of Gary Corcoran 17-2 (7) after the fight was stopped on cuts. Blood was flowing into Corcoran’s eyes from a pair of cuts that affected his vision, forcing his corner to throw in the towel with Horn comfortably ahead by scores of 99-91 twice and 100-90. By Anthony Cocks
Aussie Wrap-up: Big Daddy Browne considering options, Gradovich out of TJ Doheny fight, replacement named, Luke Jackson wants Valdez, Jamie Weetch impresses against Yao Yi Ma, Hosking Promotions back at the ‘Bool By Anthony Cocks