|Omotoso shows class to outpoint Colomban
By Anthony Cocks at ringside (Aug 24, 2008) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Werner Kalin)
In front of a packed house at the Knox Netball Centre in Melbourne, Australia, Oyewale Omotoso, 9-0 (7), repaid the faith invested in him by trainer/promoter Murray Thompson with a decisive ten round win over Samuel Colomban, 10-3 (4), for the Australian welterweight championship.
After a cautious opening round, Omotoso lit up on Colomban, dropping him heavily twice and leaving him reeling and discombobulated. Fortunately for the 23 year-old 2006 Cameroon Commonwealth Games representative the second knockdown occurred right at the bell and he was able to survive the round.
Colomban didn’t fare much better in the third as a blood-hungry Omotoso continued to pursue him around the ring launching bombs. To his credit Colomban tried to box at range and clinch in close, but it was clearly apparent that he was still suffering the ill-effects of the knockdowns and his timing and accuracy was way off.
The right hand that had been the money punch for Omotoso thus far was matched with a sizzling left hook in the fourth round. Colomban for his part had shaken out the cobwebs but was wary of Omotoso’s power and only engaged in spurts.
Omotoso continued to find success by punching with Colomban, but Colomban was able to claw his way back into the fight with his high workrate in the middle rounds.
However it was not enough as the 23 year-old Australian-based Nigerian showed that he had flash and dash in equal measure as he stunned Colomban twice in the ninth and finished all over Colomban in the tenth and final round.
Final scores were 96-92 twice and a far too wide 100-89. This writer scored it 96-92.
It was an impressive performance by Omotoso in what was an even money fight going in.
Popular Reservoir super middleweight Luke Maloney 11-3 put on an entertaining show to slip by Johannes ‘Tito’ Mwetupunga 2-2 by majority decision. Maloney used a mixture of aggression and counter punching to wrack up the points in the opening three rounds, while Mwetupunga could only manage to land single big shots. In the fourth Mwetupunga began to cut off the ring, trapping Maloney on the ropes and unleashing some clean right hands. This success seemed to gee Mwetupunga up, who threw Maloney to the canvas and stood over him leering as the bell sounded to end the round.
Through the middle rounds Mwetupunga came on strong, walking his man down and forcing Maloney to exchange at closer quarter. This style of fighting favoured Mwetupunga, who was able keep the ascendancy against an apparently wilting Maloney until the end of the seventh. Maloney found his second wind in the eighth and continued to box well on his toes in the ninth before a close, grinding tenth rounded out the fight.
Flyweight Shane ‘The Animal’ Brock lived up to his nickname with a third round stoppage of Thai debutant Chiya Sithkrupon at the time of 1:59. Brock was simply too strong and too aggressive for Sithkrupon, jumping on him from the opening bell and not relenting until he had his man beat. With the win Brock moves to 9-3-1 (7).
Super bantamweight Susie ‘Susie Q’ Ramadan, 5-0 (3), outclassed Thai Satreelek Paradorngym, 1-2 (1), en route to a fourth round stoppage. The bout was scheduled for 8 two minute rounds but Ramadan needed less than half that time to put Paradorngym to the sword, stopping her at 1:08 into the round. Ramadan is expertly trained by the renowned Brizzi Bros.
Light heavyweight Kashif Mumtaz earned the first victory of his eight fight career with a majority decision victory over Manny Vlamis, 2-1 (1). In a crowd-pleasing brawl, it was Mumtaz’s long, straight shots that won out over Vlamis’ power shots. At the conclusion Henry Nissen and Alan McColl both pegged Mumtaz the winner by scores of 58-56 and 59-55 respectively, while judge Jeff Eddy couldn’t separate them at 57 apiece. Mumtaz ups his record to 1-6-1 (3).
Super bantamweight Mark Quon, 2-1 (1), made a successful return to the ring after a sixteen month layoff with a clear cut points victory over Narongchai Kiatpaiboon, 0-4, by scores of 60-51, 60-54 and 60-53. Quon had been facing an early retirement from boxing after shoulder surgery but showed no ill effects on the night.
Meanwhile in Sydney William ‘Cool Willie’ Kickett and stablemate Steven Wills overcame a drama-filled week to win their respective bouts by decision at the Wyong Leagues Club in Sydney on Friday night.
Their trainer Craig Christian was arrested a Perth airport on Tuesday allegedly in possession of a loaded handgun, 3.75 grams of methamphetamine and over $20,000 in cash, all hidden in a secret compartment in his luggage. Local media reported that two “amateur boxers” traveling with Christian were arrested in Sydney on the same day in possession of over $40,000 cash.
Christian was bailed to appear in court on Friday, but flew to Sydney to corner his boys instead.
Super featherweight Kickett improved his record to 12-0 (5) with a unanimous decision win over Argentinean Vincente Martin Rodriguez, 21-2 (10), while Wills upped his ledger to 8-0 (3) with a hard-fought majority decision over tough Junmar Dulog 5-14-1 (2) for the vacant Australian lightweight crown.
In other results light middleweight Craig Parke 9-2 (3) beat Robert Twomey 7-4 (2) by decision over eight, super featherweight Brendan Batty 13-18 (10) got by Kane Buckley 1-7-2 by majority decision over eight, Rob Medley 21-2 (14) went the six round distance with Lee Oti 9-9-1 (5) for a points win, while Robert Abbott 1-0 and Stewart Edds 1-3 also heard the final bell with Abbott being tabbed the winner.
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