Tyson's brother joins hectic time at Tweed

IT'S been hectic at the Tweed PCYC lately.

With 35 people at any one time training in the boxing area and seven boxers preparing for upcoming fights (and another 10 novices to start fighting next year), there's been a lot going on.

Mike Tyson's brother Cliff Couser will train there next week ahead of his September 4 clash with world No. 14 heavyweight Alex Leapai at Tweed-Coolangatta Golf Club. Six PCYC boxers appear on the undercard.

This week former Queensland professional light middleweight champion Matt Burns fights for the first time in four years when he faces Rasmussen's Mark Flanagan in Townsville.

Matt's last start was an Australian title challenge.

Meanwhile, lightweight amateur Tom Strain has returned to hard training after a bout with swine flu in July and can't wait to get back in action next week.

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  • SOL Haumono lost for the first time in 18 bouts when he was outpointed by Bendigo's Justin Whitehead for the WBF Asia Pacific heavyweight title in Melbourne last Sunday.

The decision was split but most observers thought 1998 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Whitehead (4-0) was a clear winner.

The result is considered a mild upset, because Sol was due to challenge Mick Kirby for the Orient Pacific Boxing Federation belt on September 18 in Brisbane.

Sol's father Maile wore the same belt in the early 1980s.

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  • NIGERIAN-born Australian welterweight champion Oyewale Omotoso scored his biggest win on Friday night in Melbourne, when he stopped American Emmanuel Augustas in round nine, taking his record to 14-0, with 12 knockouts.

The popular Augustas, 34, one of the United States' big-name journeymen, who has faced several world champions, including Floyd Mayweather, in his 15-year globe-trotting career, dropped to 38-31-6, with 20 KOs.

In his last outing Augustas lost a controversial verdict to the highly rated house fighter Francisco Figueroa on the Joe Calzaghe-Roy Jones undercard in New York's Madison Square Garden, when I had him a clear four-point winner.

The win takes Omotoso, 24, to No. 33 in the independent world rankings.

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  • HOMETOWN hero Juan Diaz (35-2, 17 KOs), a former unified WBA/IBF/WBO lightweight world champion, won a 12-round decision over New York's flashy former IBF light welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (26-3, 5 KOs) in Houston, Texas, on Sunday.

Diaz holds a split points win over Toowoomba's Mick Katsidis, while Malignaggi has two decisions over Sydney's Lovemore Ndou.

Going in Diaz was ranked one by Ring Magazine at lightweight, while Malignaggi was five at light welter.

No.9 of our top 25 boxers

Born in Footscray, Melbourne, on September 19, 1911, Palmer stood 5'11” and was also a top VFL player, playing 83 matches for Footscray from 1933-43.

The Victorian amateur welterweight champion at age 15, he turned professional in February 1929, winning a 10-round decision over Hughie Whitecross (4-8).

He won his first 10 fights, before losing on a foul to Norm Johnson (13-3) in January 1930.

He took a 15-round verdict in a non-title fight against Australian middleweight champion Jack Haines (34-2-1) in October 1930 and a month later the pair fought a draw with the title on the line.

Then, on December 27, Palmer became champion, scoring a two-round knockout over Haines.

Palmer won five more bouts, besting American imports Tony Tuzullino and Jack Kilbourne twice each and knocking out Norm Johnson (now 17-8-2) in round three, before losing the Australian middleweight title to Bob Thornton (19-7-4) by disqualification in July 1931.

After a third points win over Kilbourne, Palmer reclaimed the title from Thornton over 15 rounds in September.

He then outscored Fred Henneberry (23-1-1) but three fights later, in March 1932, he suffered his third disqualification defeat, losing the title again, this time to Henneberry, who later made a habit of being disqualified himself - of Fred's 19 career losses, eight were by foul.

Palmer moved up and won the Australian heavyweight title, knocking out Alan Campbell (7-0) in nine rounds.

After a points victory over Hawaii's Tony Gora (20-3-2), Palmer was pitted in what turned out to be a gross mismatch with the much bigger US heavyweight contender Young Stribling (247-14-15) on July 4, 1932.

However, Palmer bounced back from that loss with nine straight wins.

His final record was 57-7-2, with 23 knockouts.

Later, he became a world-renowned trainer, taking Johnny Famechon to the world featherweight title in 1969.

He died in 1990.

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