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Rising Jr. Lightweight prospect Jackson England scored an impressive first round knockout of veteran Rivo Rengkung on Friday night at the Metro City Nightclub in Perth, Australia. The fight, which was the main event of a nine fight card in the thirtieth anniversary edition of Dragon Fire Boxing’s popular Thunderdome Boxing series, was over before it could really begin.
England dropped Rengkung with a left hook to the jaw. Although Rengkung was able to beat the count, the seventy-two bout veteran had a dejected look on his face and it appeared as though it was only a matter of time. After being dropped with a body shot moments later, Rengkung got up from the second knockdown, but turned his back to the referee. Seeing Rengkung did not want to continue, the fight was stopped at 1:58 of round one.
Jackson England advances to 9-1, with 5 Knockouts. Rivo Rengkung falls to 37-30-6, with 14 Knockouts.
In the Lightweight division undefeated rising prospect Clint Hosking scored a workmanlike six round unanimous decision over veteran Arief Blader. Hosking dictated the fight from start to finish and out boxed the durable Blader to earn the victory. Clint Hosking advances to 12-0, with 3 Knockouts. Arief Blader falls to 23-33-3, with 8 Knockouts.
In the Women’s Jr. Middleweight division current Australian Welterweight champion Kylie Hutt scored a five round unanimous decision over Janay Harding. Hutt was the consistent aggressor throughout the fight and frequently got the better of exchanges between the two fighters. Kylie Hutt advances to 4-1-2, with 2 Knockouts. Janay Harding falls to 1-4, with 1 Knockout.
Undefeated Middleweight Jesse White scored a four round unanimous decision over Brice Roullo. White controlled the combat with his jab and used his athletic style to keep Roullo from being able to be effective. White was credited with a knockdown in the final round, which appeared to be a slip. Jesse White advances to 4-0, with 0 Knockouts. Brice Roullo falls to 3-9-3, with 1 Knockout.
In a battle of unbeaten Welterweights, Binny Folan scored a sixth round knockout over Anthony Hawkins. Folan scored a total of four knockdowns over the course of the six round bout until the fight was finally stopped at :28 of the final round. Binny Folan advances to 5-0, with 1 Knockout. Anthony Hawkins falls to 1-1, with 0 Knockouts.
In the Jr. Flyweight division Michael Kaplan scored an impressive second round stoppage of a debuting Amit Thapa. Kaplan dominated the action from the opening bell and knocked Thapa’s mouthpiece out with a flush right hand to the head in round two. Following a standing eight count of Thapa moments later Kaplan was able to force a stoppage at 2:00 of the round. Michael Kaplan advances to 8-1, with 1 Knockout. Amit Thapa falls to 0-1, with 0 Knockouts.
Featherweight Richard Lockett scored a second round stoppage over a debuting Sandeep Bagri. Lockett forced the action in the opening round consistently forcing Bagri back on the ropes. Lockett’s near non-stop pressure and punches eventually seemed to open a cut on Bagri’s head. The end came when Bagri appeared to signal to the referee that he wanted a time out, the referee subsequently stopped the fight at 2:10 of round two. Richard Lockett advances to 3-1, with 2 Knockouts. Sandeep Bagri falls to 0-1, with 0 Knockouts.
In the Heavyweight division, Troy Humbertson outworked a “Game” Hayden Wright to win a four round unanimous decision. Troy Humbertson advances to 2-1, with 1 Knockout. Hayden Wright falls to 2-10, with 2 Knockouts.
In a three round Super-Middleweight competitive exhibition bout which opened the card Adam Milnes scored a three round unanimous decision over Mohammed Alshikshaker. Milnes scored a knockdown in the second round of what was a fast-paced bout between two fighters who were making their ring debuts.
This card, which was promoted by Tony Toij’s Dragon Fire Boxing featured a look at some of the rising prospects to come out of the Boxing hotbed of Australia. With fighters like Tim Tszyu and Andrew and Jason Moloney continuing to climb the ranks of the sport, it will be interesting to see if fighters like Jackson England, Clint Hosking, and Kylie Hutt to name a few will be able to take another step towards the world level of competition in their future bouts.
With all three walking out of this card winners, Tim Tszyu’s victory over Joel Camilleri earlier this week to win the Australian Jr. Middleweight championship, and the Moloney brothers signing with promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank, Inc., the future is indeed bright for Australian Boxing.
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