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Undefeated Heavyweight Matt Floyd scored a first round knockout of veteran Ivan Kolar. Floyd dropped Kolar with a left hook to the body early in the round and ended up sealing the knockout victory by dropping Kolar for a second time with a follow up body shot moments after the first knockdown. Official time of the stoppage was 1:37 of round one. Matt Floyd advances to 3-0, with 1 Knockout. Ivan Kolar falls to 1-10, with 1 Knockout.
A bout for the vacant Women’s ANBF (Australian) Bantamweight championship saw undefeated Sarah Higginson score a fourth round stoppage of a debuting Danni Mace. A fight that was fought at a very high pace from the opening bell saw Higginson gradually wear her opponent down in route to a fourth round stoppage. Official time of the stoppage was 1:02 of round four. Sarah Higginson advances to 3-0-1, with 1 Knockout. Danni Mace falls to 0-1, with 0 Knockouts.
In a battle for the vacant Western Australia State Featherweight championship unbeaten Ty Narkle score a four round technical majority decision over Richard Lockett. A competitive fight from the outset, where both fighters had their share of moments, the bout was halted at the conclusion of four completed rounds of the scheduled eight round contest due to cuts suffered over the eyes of Narkle that were deemed caused by an accidental clash of heads. Official scores were 39-37 (On two scorecards), and 38-38. Ty Narkle advances to 2-0, with 1 Knockout. Richard Lockett falls to 3-2, with 2 Knockouts.
Debuting Jr. Middleweight Joe McCoy scored a first round knockout of previously unbeaten Michael Warren. McCoy dropped Warren hard with a left hook, right hand combination to the head. Warren was able to get up, but had no defense for the follow up barrage from McCoy and the bout was stopped. Official time was 2:15 of round one. Joe McCoy advances to 1-0, with 1 Knockout Michael Warren falls to 1-1, with 1 Knockout.
In an exhibition Light-Heavyweight bout Curtis MacClean scored a first round stoppage of Jyve Jolvar. Official time of the stoppage was :45 of round one.
Heavyweight Lewis Clarke scored a second round stoppage over a debuting Jake Cull. A slugfest from the outset where there was no technique, Clarke eventually got to his opponent in the second round by knocking Cull down with a left hook, right uppercut combination to the head. Despite going down hard, Cull was able to beat the count, but the effects of both fatigue as well as the punishment Clarke was dishing out led to a second knockdown from a barrage of punches. Cull appeared to indicate after getting up from the second knockdown that he did not want any more, but the fight continued until it was stopped at 1:59 of round two when both fighters went to the canvas from what appeared to be a tackle. Lewis Clarke advances to 2-1, with 2 Knockouts. Jake Cull falls to 0-1, with 0 Knockouts.
Unbeaten Jr. Middleweight Jordan La Ruccia scored a first round stoppage of Harlem Ottaway. La Ruccia appeared to stagger Ottaway in the opening seconds with a series of jabs and unleashed a near all-out assault from there mixing offense to the head and body. La Ruccia dropped Ottaway with an overhand right and although Ottaway managed to get up at the count of nine, he simply had no answer to stop La Ruccia and after a follow-up barrage the bout was stopped. Official time of the stoppage was 1:28 of round one. Jordan La Ruccia advances to 2-0, with 1 Knockout. Harlem Ottaway falls to 0-2, with 0 Knockouts.
The evening began with two exhibition bouts that saw in a Middleweight bout, Mehdi Al Munssary score a three round decision over Kris Mauriere This was followed by Light-Heavyweight Nelson Cosmas scoring a three round decision over Ryan Dave.
Dragon Fire Boxing has established itself as one of the top promoters in Australia and it’s popular Thunderdome series has served as a platform for rising prospects on the Australian Boxing scene. Since the ongoing global COVID-19 epidemic began, many promoters have had difficult for obvious reasons in staging events that would otherwise comprise of a normally full Boxing schedule regardless of where they may be based throughout the world. A casualty of that unfortunately is many young fighters who are in the crucial development stages of their careers have seen their progress delayed or outright stalled due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control. Series like the Thunderdome series are vital to the growth and overall success of the entire sport. One can only hope that the circumstances of the COVID-19 virus and subsequent crisis finally improve where promoters around the globe can finally resume activity akin to normal. As for the Australian Boxing scene, we will see what happens when the next Thunderdome event takes place and whether the prospects that appeared on this card at varying levels will be able to take the necessary next steps in their development towards being contenders.
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