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Weetch Wins WBA State Super-Welterweight Crown In Massive Night Of Australian Boxing
Post-fight report direct from Western Australia.
Friday the 12th of February saw a quartet of bouts take place on a CDL promotions card in Western Australia with welterweight Youssef Dib (younger brother of former IBF world champion Billy Dib), WBA no.13, and WBO no.12 featherweight Nathanial May and WBA no.10 ranked lightweight Brandon Ogilvie all in action.
But it was the WA state super-welterweight bout between Jamie Weetch and Albert Howell that took center stage for the main event.
First up, Dib took on seasoned Muay Thai fighter Jack 300 in a 4 rounder in what was an entertaining fight.
Dib worked well off his jab showing some nice footwork and landing some eye catching straight right hands to keep the ever pressing Jack at bay in the opening rounds.
In the 3rd round he didn’t have it all his own way however, as Dib was caught with some good shots from Jack. In the 4th Dib got back to basics and came out the victor to a some what surprising majority decision ruling (this reporter had it 3-1 Dib).
Brandon Ogilvie was in for 6 rounds with Thongchai Kunram in what was a prep fight for his upcoming WBA Oceana title bout with Darragh Foley on March 12th.
Kunram was game and came to fight, although was no match for Ogilvie who ended it in the fourth after showing every shot in the book, in a highly impressive performance.
Nathanial May was scheduled for 6 rounds against Ruben Manakane, but needed no longer then a minute to end this contest, catching Manakane with a crippling body shot that Manakane was still visibly feeling the effects from some time after the bout. Expect big things from Nathanial in the future.
Jamie Weetch vs Alberto Howell was billed as puncher vs boxer for the headline fight, but Weetch put paid to that notion through coming out and boxing the boxer.
Keeping it long, Weetch was tagging Howell with the right hand over the top, followed by the left hook on more then one occasion, while Howell tried to work of his jab.
Into the second round Howell got his jab working and started landing some of his own right hands in what was a close round to score.
Round 3 saw Weetch find his range a bit better and while Howell was finding the target, it was Jamie who was throwing and scoring with the cleaner blows.
Round 4, 5 and 6 saw Weetch come on stronger, working on the inside and getting Howell in some very uncomfortable positions landing both to the head and body.
Howell showed his toughness and at one stage landed a cracking right upper cut, but that was all he had to show from the exchanges, displaying some good foot work at times to get out of range, but couldn’t capitalize when he made the distance for himself to get off.
Round 7 saw Weetch take the fight straight to Howell, as he sensed fatigue set in on Howell, catching him with some beautiful body assaults – then going up stairs using feints.
Howell’s footwork got him out of trouble on more then one occasion during the course of the contest, it must be said.
The 8th and final stanza saw Howell come out knowing he needed to do something as Weetch took the foot off the gas slightly.
Both traded some good shots but this time it was Howell’s jab that was the difference. Jamie Weetch took the title in another very surprising majority decision announcement, with this reporter scoring the contest more clear cut (6 rounds to 2 in favour of Weetch).
(Image source: Jamie Weetch Facebook – congrats to Jamie on proposing to his girlfriend after this fight)