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BOXING NEWS: Geale, Wilson, Haumono, Dib, Zampavigna, St Clair at Campbelltown

 

An unimpressive Solomon Haumono just held on to his unbeaten professional record as he was held to a split draw by cagey veteran Colin Wilson on Wednesday night's Big Show in Campbelltown.
Recent world featherweight title contender Billy Dib won the approval of multi world title winner and boxing superstar Shane Mosley for his victorious performance against fellow Sydneysider Davey Browne in another big fight on the star studded card.
The draw for Haumono was the first minor blemish on the former rugby league star's previously pristine record following 15 wins and 14 KOs.
The 33-year-old Sydneysider wasn't as assertive as anticipated and occasionally looked tentative and ponderous against the awkward style of his Queensland opponent.
It was the first time Haumono had gone 10 rounds and the second successive time he had gone the distance following the eight-round points win over American journeyman Cliff Couser last August.
One judge scored the bout 95-95, another had Haumono winning 96-94 and the third scored it 96-95 to former Australian champion Wilson.
"It's a learning curve for me, it's different when you are fighting a southpaw of his calibre," Haumono said.
"There was a lot of things I did negative, but there was a lot of positives I will draw from that fight.
"I'm thankful that I got away with a draw. It was a poor performance by me."

World-rated featherweight Dib took the WBC Youth and IBF Pan Pacific Youth Featherweight title and Browne's unbeaten record in a willing contest.
Dib, whose last bout was a world title loss to American Steven Luevano, rebounded with an eight-round split points technical decision victory.
Roared on by very vocal pockets of supporters, the two combatants delighted the crowd with some furious exchanges.
Dib landed the cleaner and more frequent shots, but Browne fought gallantly and also landed some blows on the more experienced fighter.
The bout went to the cards after Browne suffered cuts to both eyes.
Ring doctor Alex Lewis ruled the fight couldn't continue after examining the cut near Browne's left eye, which was caused by an accidental head clash.
Two judges ruled the fight in Dib's favour 69-65 and 68-65 with their colleague scoring 66-67 to Browne.
"This is the performance I wanted coming back to the ring after the last loss, very important for me to bounce back," Dib said.
"I sat down on my punches and tried to knock the guy out, I nearly got him. The decision is good enough."
Mosley, who has followed Dib's career with interest, said the Australian did "an excellent job".
"He's been very relaxed and very confident and very focused on what he wanted to do, I think it was an excellent performance."

In the first bout of the night, former Australian welterweight champion Solomon Egberime scored a six-round unanimous points win over Indonesian Moses Seran.

Unbeaten prospect Lenny Zappavigna continues his climb with a impressive and lopsided unanimous 12 round points winover former IBF Super Featherweight champion Gairy St Clair.
The always aggressive Zappavigna demonstrated patience and maturity in overcoming his vastly more experienced opponent.
Zappavigna improved his professional record 18-0 and retained his IBF Pan Pacific Junior Welterweight title by scores of 120-107, 120-108, 119-109.
"He was the toughest fighter I've every been in the ring with, it's the first time I've gone 12 rounds, it was a big step for me," Zappavigna said.

IBO middleweight world champion Daniel Geale improved his record to 21-0 with 13 KOs with a first round knock out of Canadian import Ian MacKillop in a non-title bout.
The win opens the way for Gelae to meet Anthony Mundine is a proposed May 27 contest.

http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-sport/solomon-haumono-still-undefeated--just-20090312-8vgp.html

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