Stingrays strike for double
THE Tweed Stingrays scored another double last Saturday at Ballina.
Improving Tommy “Gun” Strain, 18, won a unanimous decision over talented Jonathan Walker of Casino in a 64kg clash.
Walker, 22, showed plenty of skill and only the switch-hitting Strain's workrate and fitness proved the difference.
After losing six on the trot, Tommy has now won six of his last seven. The pair will meet in a return on Jamie Myer's pro-am at Tweed Coolangatta Golf Club on July 9.
Debutant Josh “Rubber Man” Robbie won a unanimous verdict over Casino's Liam McMillan at 69 kg. The lanky Robbie boxed well from range, picking off his game opponent who did manage to land some good punches of his own. But Robbie always replied with more.
Strain, Robbie, Richard Burns and newcomers Josh Togo and Todd Cattell represent the Stingrays at the Murwillumbah Boxing Club tournament at Condong this Saturday night.
IN a great fight, 40-year-old former IBF world lightweight champion Philip Holiday (39-7-1, 22KOs) defeated Ipswich's Jason Kanofski (13-4-3, 2KO's) at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, to claim the vacant Australian light middleweight title on Thursday night. Kanofski had Holiday in trouble early but the veteran's class and will won out over 10 tremendous rounds.
Australian light heavyweight champion Shane McConville (6-0-4, 1KO) retained his title with a majority points win over Queensland champion Phil Mailey (4-2-2, 3KO's). McConville is one of my favourite Aussie fighters simply because of his honest approach – he will fight anyone, anywhere, anytime and is a no-nonsense individual.
PUERTO Rican superstar Miguel Cotto stands in the way of Anthony Mundine becoming a three division world titlist.
Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs) took the WBA light middleweight title from New York-based Jewish boxer Yuri Foreman at Yankee Stadium last weekend. The previously unbeaten Foreman (28-1, 8 KOs), who entered the ring with a knee brace, did further damage when he slipped on an advertisement painted on the canvas and later in the round slipped in Cotto's wet corner. He retired in the ninth.
Mundine faces Argentine Carlos Aden Jerez (36-12-3, 16KOs) in Brisbane on June 30.