Piper bounces back for win
GOLD Coaster Les “Diamond” Piper (13-6-3) shone on Friday night, out-working fellow Contender Australia contestant Josh Clenshaw (29-19) over 10 hard-fought rounds in the light-heavyweight division.
It was a good win for Piper, who was coming off a points defeat to Omar Shaick for the Queensland middleweight title. He seems a lot stronger at the heavier weight.
In a highly anticipated heavyweight battle, Sydney’s Lucas Browne (3-0) scored a three-round knockout of Gold Coaster John Szigeti (8-2).
Browne, known as “Big Daddy”, is a welcome edition to the domestic heavyweight ranks and is fun to watch. He has a cult following in Sydney and, matched right, should spark plenty of interest in the division. He needs to work on a lot but an Australian title is a possibility.
Olympian Ryan Langham (13-2) was given a good workout by Filipino Jack De Asis (21-18-4) winning a four-round decision. Ryan has 12-round talent. When he began as a 13-year-old Ryan looked a future world champion, but unfortunately the now 29-year-old is yet to take a national belt. I think he could easily out-box current Australian lightweight champion BW Smith, but he needs to fight longer than four rounds.
Nerang super-middleweight prospect Tyrone Jones (4-0) took care of Sydney’s Armibur Singh (1-1), delivering a devastating-looking knockout in 1 minute 22 seconds. Singh came out hard and tagged Jones early but was then rocked before being backed in a corner where a barrage of head shots ended it.
WHILE many would prefer he hang up his gloves, three-time Australian heavyweight champ “Big” Bob Mirovic continues to campaign.
Croatian born Bob (31-22-2), who turns 45 in a few weeks, won a six-round verdict over Tongan trialhorse Alipate Liava (4-6) at the Croatian Club in Punchbowl on Friday night.
IT’S a subject that always causes plenty of debate and I’m often asked where I’d rate Manny Pacquaio and Floyd Mayweather among the all-time greats. I compiled a top 100 greatest-ever a few years ago and recently revised it. Mayweather came in at 43, Pacquaio 48. There were better fighters in the past when there was only one world champion per division, like No.8 Sam Langford and No.12 Charley Burley who never even got to fight for a title.