Tweed boxer Casey Hannan made an impressive debut in his first professional fight.
Tweed boxer Casey Hannan made an impressive debut in his first professional fight. Tweed Daily News/Blainey Woodham

'Cyclone' alert

VETERAN boxing trainer Tony Nobs last week issued a severe weather warning for the Southport RSL and on Friday night the “Cabarita Cyclone” Casey Hannan (1-0) delivered.

Launching a whirlwind of devastating punches in the opening exchanges, the 20-year old debutant knocked out Queensland No.5 Mhelvin Hernandez in the first round.

“I was nervous going in but it was a sweet feeling when I knocked him out,” Hannan said yesterday.

“I've been practicing body shots and it was the last left to the body that got him ... when I felt it connect I knew that was it.”

The referee signalled the end to the contest after one minute and 13 seconds.

“It wasn't the best fight but he's fought some of Australia's top contenders so it was a good way to start my career,” Hanna said.

“I just want to get as many fights as I can and climb the rankings.”

Officially weighing in at 66.45 kilograms, the powerful southpaw scored two knockdowns over a 66.15kg Hernandez, in what was a totally dominant display.

“He could not have been more impressive in his professional debut,” Nobbs said.

“Casey's a throwback fighter. He would have fit right into the 1930s or 40s. He just gets in and has a crack.”

In the main event on the Jamie Myer fight night, Alex Leapai avenged last year's defeat to warhorse Col Wilson, stopping the veteran boxer in the eighth round to claim the WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title and a top 15 world ranking.

In other results, World Boxing Association No.15 super middleweight Les Sherrington halted veteran Glen Fitzpatrick, 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Jarrod Fletcher stopped Gold Coaster Ryan Coppick in their super middleweight bout and the Tommy Gun - Ariel Barratillo (welterweight) and Phil Maley - Shane McConville (cruiserweight) contests both ended in technical draws.

Meanwhile, Tony Nobbs' boxers completed a remarkable double for the Tweed PCYC, standing strong to record impressive triumphs at the Murwillumbah Boxing Club's amateur show on Saturday night.

Crowd pleasing youngster Tommy “Gun” Strain fought hard for his split point decision over Casino's Luke Allan in the main event at Condong Bowls Club.

Contesting three three-minute rounds at lightweight (60kg), the 17-year-old showed a real maturity to earn a decision Nobbs touted “much deserved”.

“Tommy fought well and in my opinion the decision was much deserved,” Nobbs said.

“Tommy has suffered a few tight losses to some quality opposition but he continues to work hard and deserved one to go his way.”

Travis Chambers backed up his May 9 win over Jake Suter, out-classing and out-witting the experienced Dorrigo fighter in a dominant light heavyweight performance that secured a unanimous decision.

In other results featuring Tweed boxers, lightweight Ricky Irwin (Kingscliff) lost a close verdict to Casino's Dan Beverley in a willing tussle that could have easily gone the other way, and in the fight of the night lightweight Darcy Lejuge (Murwillumbah) lost a split decision to Casino's Aaron Schafer, who had former world No.1, Justin Rowsell in his corner.

Murwillumbah's Josh Leckie failed to get a bout but boxed an exhibition with Casino's Jake Hurst and showed good potential.

MBC president Stuart Stone will promote again in August at the same venue.

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