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
World-rated featherweight Dib took the WBC Youth and IBF Pan Pacific
Youth Featherweight title and Browne's unbeaten record in a willing
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
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
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,
"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
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.
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