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Briggs Lucky to Escape with Win
March 10, 2004 Ringside Report by Anthony Cocks
This past Saturday night at the World of Entertainment in Penrith, Sydney, Australia world light heavyweight contender Paul “Hurricane” Briggs turned in arguably the worst performance of his pugilistic career as he struggled to overcome tough-as-nails Mexican Jesus “Choo Choo” Ruiz.
After a slow opening round the Guanajuato native picked up the pace in the second stanza and nailed Briggs with a straight right hand that dropped the WBC #2 to the seat of his pants. Briggs was back on his feet quickly but appeared shocked and embarrassed as the referee administered an eight count.
WBC #8 Ruiz continued his assault in the early to middle rounds, landing hard straight punches with disturbing regularity. Despite Briggs’ pre-fight claim of possessing superior hand speed, it was Ruiz who consistently beat Briggs to the punch and shook up the Australian on several occasions. Briggs never looked quite right and at times appeared reluctant to engage with the heavy-handed import, whose stiff jab and hard right hand prevented the former world kickboxing champion from establishing any rhythm.
By the middle rounds the partisan crowd was clearly concerned that Briggs was losing the fight. Neglecting his jab and rarely throwing combinations, this was not the Paul Briggs that fans have become accustomed to seeing. To his credit Briggs forced his way back into the fight in the later rounds, landing some solid right hands and jarring hooks that hurt Ruiz on occasion, but the Mexican refused to back down.
With the win Briggs ups his record to 22-1 (17KO's) and guarantees himself a shot at the WBC belt currently in Roy Jones Jnr's possession. Ruiz drops to 18-4 (16 KO's).
In the main support bout former world title challenger and current IBF #9 & WBA #11 Shannan Taylor successfully defended his IBF Pan Pacific Junior Middleweight belt against Argentinean Paulo Sanchez in a back-and-forth battle fought over twelve competitive rounds. Utilizing his trademark body shots, Taylor, 37-3-2 (24KO's), attempted to assert his dominance early but the awkward Sanchez fought on gamely to keep himself in the fight. At the conclusion of the bout Taylor came away a deserved winner by scores of 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110. Sanchez falls to 31-19 (15KO's).
IBF #7 Lovemore Ndou got back in the winners circle less than a month after losing a narrow decision to Sharmba Mitchell for the interim version of the IBF Junior Welterweight title with a fourth round KO stoppage of Thai Katchai 13 Coins. Looking fit and relaxed, Ndou went to the body from the opening bell, working hooks and straight rights off his opponent’s ribcage that could be heard from out in the foyer. A wicked left to the body from Ndou caused a halt to proceedings at the 2:26 mark of the fourth.
With the win Ndou improves his ledger to 37-6-1 (23 KO's) while Katchai drops to 16-2 (11KO's).
WBC #1 ranked super-bantamweight Nedal “Skinny” Hussein, 31-1 (19KO's), made an abbreviated appearance in the ring, dispatching overmatched Indonesian Donny Suratin with a body shot 61 seconds into the first round.
IBF #5 / WBC #7 middleweight Sam "King" Soliman exhibited a more aggressive approach than fans are accustomed to seeing en route to earning his third consecutive stoppage victory over reluctant warrior Jorge Andreas Sclarandi. The Argentinean spent much of the fight on the ropes, displaying deft defensive skills but throwing little leather in return. Soliman, who has recently been in the United States helping junior lightweight contender Robbie Peden prepare for his forthcoming IBF world title eliminator against Nate Campbell, showed a good variety of body shots but had less luck in finding the elusive Sclarandi i’s head. By the end of the 7th round Sclarandi’s corner had seen their charge take enough punishment and called a halt to the contest. Soliman retained his IBF Pan Pacific belt and moves to 24-7 (7 KO's). Sclarandi falls to 28-20-1 (2KO's).
In a fight that was memorable more for its fouls than its action, Tosca Petridis annexed the Australian Cruiserweight Title after the ringside physician determined Brett Smith was unable to continue due to cuts in the fifth round. The fight was a clinching, mauling affair, with both fighters complaining to the referee for various infringements. Head clashes, low blows, rabbit punches and stray elbows were all the order of the day, with both men being responsible for their fair share of fouls.
In an entertaining eight round stoush fought at the lightweight limit, Johannes Sheferaw eked out an eight round decision over Argentinean Diego Alzugaray by scores of 78-75, 78-74 and 78-75. Sheferaw stalked the 25 year-old left hander in the opening rounds while the cagey import worked of the back foot, adroitly slipping punches and throwing some crisp counter shots. Halfway through the fight Alzugaray switched to attack mode and took the fight to Sheferaw in centre ring. It was a well matched fight that many people at ringside felt the fight could've gone either way.
Former Commonwealth Games gold medalist Paul Miller showed continued improvement as he chalked up his third professional win by stopping Peter Rudd, 4-6-2 (2KO's), at 2:35 of the third round of their supermiddleweight scrap.
The card was promoted by Blaster Promotions in association with Talentworks.
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