Zdravko stops Hunia
Zdravko Micevic, the former bouncer acquitted over the death of
cricket great David Hookes, wasted no time winning his second pro fight
The 25-year-old stopped Kiwi Colin Hunia in two rounds at Springer's
Leisure Centre, in Keysborough, Melbourne.
The fight ended at 1min 56sec of the round and followed Micevicís
six-round decision over Queenslander Wes Ryder on debut in April.
The 42-year-old Hunia is now 11-10 (2 KOs). He boasts a win over fellow
veteran, the well performed Sean Sullivan in 2005, and is a former New
Zealand cruiserweight champ.
On the same card, middleweight Chris Collard stopped Fili Mailata in
round three on the three-knockdown rule.
Junior-middle Nigel Snart outpointed Dion McNabney for a majority
decision over six and featherweights Emmanuel Micallef and Leigh
Lindgren drew over six.
To say Micevic has carried a heavy load during the early stages of his
boxing career would be an understatement.
Although acquitted of manslaughter for the death of David Hookes more
than three years ago, the former bouncer is still feeling the weight of
a controversy that split a nation.
Ahead of last nightís fight he told The Saturday Daily Telegraph:
"There's still pressure but it's not the same as my debut (in April).
"I was under a hell of a lot of pressure before that one, but I thought
the public reaction was pretty positive."
Indeed, the packed house at Darebin Community Centre in Melbourne even
broke into a "Zdravko" chant as the cruiserweight defeated first-up
opponent Wes Ryder over six rounds.
"I was not sure whether they were cheering for me or against me," he
"Then I realised they were chanting my name. There was a lot going
through my mind and it was big, big relief when it was all over after
the last two or three years."
Micevic's trainer Louie Korica upped the ante in preparation for his
second pro bout in the south-eastern Melbourne suburb.
The former Victorian amateur champ sparred infinitely more experienced
rivals such as Daniel Lovett and Heath Stenton in preparation for the
The camp is eying a shot at the national light-heavyweight title within
the next year.
As seen on Sportsnut.com.au - by Ray Wheatley