Caparello decisions Bolling, but Chernous and Heremaia steal the Show
By Anthony Cocks at Ringside, Doghouse Boxing (March 5, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
In an all southpaw battle, light heavyweight Blake Caparello 6-0-1 (2) scored an eight round unanimous decision win over Michael Bolling 12-2 (10) at the Melbourne Pavilion in Flemington, Victoria, Australia on a Fox Sports televised card on Friday night.

It looked to be an early night for Caparello after a big left cross caught Bolling on the temple just one minute into the first round and deposited him heavily on the canvas. Bolling valiantly beat the count, but Caparello seemingly couldn’t miss with the left hand as he kept hammering it home over the top of Bolling’s guard.

Caparello continued to dictate the pace of the fight, sweeping the early rounds with his well-placed left and trying to lure the shorter Bolling into his shots. By the fifth Bolling had well and truly shaken off the cobwebs and was doing his best to walk Caparello down, landing some good combinations but catching heavier counters from the 24 year-old Caparello in return.

In the mid to late rounds it was Bolling who was busier, closing the distance and letting his hands go as he tried to will himself back into the fight. A quick-fire combination appeared to hurt Caparello in the seventh, but Caparello got his pound of flesh late in the eighth with a cracking left hand that stole the round.

By the final bell 26 year-old Bolling’s aggressive attack was not enough to sway the judges, who favoured Caparello’s more powerful and accurate shots. Judge Tony Marretta scored a shutout for Caparello 80-71, while Samantha Bulner and Anthony Hibbs saw a closer fight with scores of 76-75 and 77-74 respectively.

Caparello’s last outing was a 10 round draw over Australian 175 pound champion Shane McConville. Australian super middleweight champion Bolling owns an 8th round stoppage over former world rated Victor Oganov at 168 pounds.

In the main support bout Ukraine-born Australian Victor Chernous 12-1 (4) and New Zealand’s Steve Heremaia 16-6-1 (7) put on the fight of the night in a fast-paced eight rounder that went right down to the wire.

Fighting at a catchweight one pound over the official welterweight limit, Heremaia showed early that he was not just here for a free holiday. Working behind a stiff jab, Heremaia displayed quick hands and solid combinations to the body and head to win the first round handsomely.

Chernous, the Australian welterweight champion, found his way into the fight in the second and third, methodically walking Heremaia down and finding the range for his shots. Heremaia continued to pick his shots in the middle rounds, but his inactivity pushed Chernous ahead on the cards with his effective aggression and ring generalship.

In the sixth Heremaia found another gear and did enough to win the round with his superior accuracy. The seventh and eighth were again closely contested, with both boxers pushing hard to steal the final two stanzas.

When the dust settled the judge’s scored cards reflected the competitiveness of the battle. Anthony Hibbs had the bout even 77-77, while Matt Ropis tabbed Chernous the winner 77-76 as did Samantha Bulner, 79-74.

At heavyweight 275 pound Michael “The Iron Rhino” Kirby 8-3-1 (5) won an entertaining six round slugfest with New Zealand-based American Clarence Tillman 7-7-1 (5), 296 pounds.

Leaving their jabs in the dressing rooms, both men engaged in close quarter combat from the opening bell, throwing short clubbing punches with reckless abandon. Kirby was rocked in the red corner just before the bell in the first, but survived the round to outwork Tillman over the distance. With Tillman gassing in the later rounds, Kirby was able to pile up the points and escape a unanimous decision winner with scores of 59-55 across the board.

Australian junior middleweight champion “Big” Pat Rullo 12-2-1 (1) routed New Zealand’s Brad Pole 2-3 (1) over the six round distance, pitching a virtual shutout. Looking ripped and super fit, Rullo targeted the body throughout the contest and landed enough headshots to run away with the victory by scores of 60-54 twice and 59-54. Pole showed plenty of ticker to last the distance but in the end did not have an answer for Rullo’s superior skillset.

At super featherweight Brent Elliot 4-2-3 (1) and Justin Medoro 0-1-1 fought to a four round split draw. Elliott overcame his height and reach deficiencies to force the action on the inside and was the busier fighter of the two, but Medoro was able to land enough of his own short shots to keep the fight close. At the conclusion the scores were 39-38 Elliott, 39-37 Modoro and 38-38.

On the untelevised portion of the card, New Zealand’s Bronwyn Wylie 3-1 defied the odds of 8-1 to defeat high profile former waterskiing world champion Lauryn Eagle 2-1-1 (1) by decision over 4 two-minute rounds.

The shorter Kiwi bored her way in throughout the contest as the Lovemore Ndou trainer Eagle struggled to find her range. Eagle simply had no answer to Wylie’s aggression, who won the bout by scores of 40-36, 39-37 and 39-38.

Debutants Ashley McDermott and Neil Gyseers battled it out to a four round split draw at welterweight. Scores were 40-37 Gyseers, 39-37 McDermott and 39-39 even.

The opening bout of the card saw the only knockout of the night with Sarah Howett 2-1 (1) making short work Sherrie Stewart 0-1, stopping her with at left hook to the body at 1:31 of the first round of a junior welterweight bout.

This was another successful card promoted by former IBF junior featherweight champion Barry Michael and matchmaker Brian Amatruda. After the fights, Amatruda explained his philosophy to matchmaking. “The shows will get better and are a work in progress. If anyone wants any easy fight then they had better look elsewhere as we want evenly matched fights on our cards.”.

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