‘King’ Soliman Returns, Whitehead Upsets Haumono
By Anthony Cocks at ringside, DoghouseBoxing.com (Aug 20, 2009)  
Former world title challenger Sam ‘King’ Soliman returned to the ring after a 14 month layoff to comprehensively defeat Sintung Kietbusaba of Thailand over seven one-sided rounds at Peninsula on the Docklands in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday night.

In his first fight back since losing a close points decision to Anthony Mundine for the WBA super middleweight title in May 2008, Soliman returned to the middleweight division and shook off the rust as he dominated the outclassed Kietbusaba from the opening bell.

In the fourth round a body shot followed by a right to the temple sent Kietbusaba crumpling to the canvas for an eight count. A pair of knockdowns in the seventh sealed the deal, with referee Malcolm Bulner crowning Soliman the winner at 1:40 of the round.

With the victory Soliman, 36-11 (14), claims the vacant IBO Asia Pacific middleweight title and the vacant IBF Pan Pacific middleweight title. For Kietbusaba, 11-7 (10), he keep his Australian record intact – three fights for three losses, all by mid-round stoppage.

In the most exciting fight of the night 38 year-old Justin Whitehead of Bendigo in Central Victoria proved the odds makers wrong as he upset former rugby league star and top boxing prospect Solomon Haumono by split decision in a heavyweight barnburner.

Whitehead, 4-0 (2), controlled the action for the first half of the fight with a stiff, accurate jab with right hands and uppercuts mixed in. By the fifth round Haumono was bleeding from a cut lip and a busted nose, but the hard-punching 33 year-old came into his own late in the round with a big right hand that wobbled Whitehead just before the bell.

Haumono, 16-1-1 (14), started to find his rhythm in the second half of the fight, smashing Whitehead almost through the ropes in the seventh and earning an eight count, but whenever he as his opponent hurt he was unable to finish the job. In the end two of the three judges favoured Whitehead’s long range boxing to Haumono’s power, scoring the bout 96-93 twice, while the dissenting judge had Haumono ahead by a single point 95-94.

In other action Lance Gostelow, 19-2 (14), went the six round distance with Rey Anton Olarte, 8-11-2, winning by scores of 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56.

Super middleweight Serge Yannick, 4-0 (3), overcame a slow start to breakdown the always tough Kashif Mumtaz, 5-10-1 (4), who stayed on his stool after the fifth. Yannick was ahead on all cards at the time of the stoppage by scores of 50-45 twice and 59-46.

Promising super bantamweight Daniel Iannazzo, 14-0 (3), showed off his power as he dominated Singaporean boxer Mohamad Nor Rizan, 3-1 (3), dropping him twice in the second round before the fight was called off at 2:33.

In a scrappy affair Pat Rullo, 9-1 (1), won a six round unanimous decision over Alex Ahtong, 3-3-2 (2). Scores were 59-55 twice and 58-56.

Welterweight Samuel Colomban, 13-3 (6), was too fast and too busy for Aswin Cabuy, 11-10-1 (4), who quit after four rounds claiming an elbow injury. Colomban had won each of the rounds at the time of the stoppage.

Light heavyweight Blake Caparello, 1-0, was impressive on debut as he dominated Aaron Ross over six rounds. Scores at the conclusion were 60-53, 60-54 and 60-55.

In the opening bout of the night cruiserweight Kane Watts, 3-0 (2), dropped Anont Donpradith, 7-9 (3), with a right to the temple in the second round before finishing him off in the third. Official time of the stoppage was 1:08.

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