Katsidis-Earl Full Report
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Ben Hohn
Former world champion Michael “The Great” Katsidis ( 30-6, 24 KOs) clearly outscored Englishman, Graham “Duke of” Earl (26-5, 12 KOs) over twelve rounds to capture the WBU 140 pound title at Rumours International, Toowoomba Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Scores Steve Marshall 119-109, Adam Height 120-108, Tony Kettlewell 120-109. This was a rematch from their 2007 world title bout when Katsidis was declared the winner in five rounds of a controversial contest.
In the main supporting bout, WBC Youth featherweight champion Brayd “The Great White” Smith (10-0, 8 KOs) stopped Jarrett Owen (4-3-2, 2 KOs) in round two of a scheduled ten round contest. Owen was dropped twice in round two and referee Tony Kettlewell crowned Smith.
Featherweight Will Young (3-3, 1 KO) outscored Emanuel Micallef (2-11-3, 1 KO) over ten rounds to capture the vacant Australian title. Scores 99-90, 100-89, 99-92. Micallef was dropped in round two.
Australian based Filipino 130 pounder Jack Asis (31-18-5, 16 KOs) stopped Indonesian Rivo Renkung (32-20-5, 12 KOs) in round one of a scheduled five.
In other action, Darren Askew (11-6-1, 3 KOs) stopped Indonesian, Eddy Comaro (27-21-5, 11 KOs) in round four of scheduled five. Comaro was stopped by Michael Katsidis in the Australian’s previous ring appearance
Also, heavyweight Herman Ene Purcell (2-2, 1 KOs) outscored Jamie Frost (0-1) over four rounds. Scores 40-37,40-36,40-35. Frost was down in round two. Purcell received national exposure in his previous contest when he was defeated by Australian rugby league football star Paul Gallen in a thrilling bout on the undercard to Daniel Geale vs. Garth Wood.
Lightweight Josh Ballie (2-0, 1 KO) outscored Kyle Teer (3-8-1) over four rounds. Scores 40-36, 39-37, 40-37.
Light heavyweight Olaf Olsen (2-2) outscored Paul Edwards (3-9, 2 KOs) over three rounds. Scores 29-28, 29-28, 29-28.
Promoter Brendon Smith.
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