Israel Adesanya took out Charles August to become the new WMC Oceania champion, and is set to fight for the World title, while Tom Boyle became the new WMC state champion.
Israel Adesanya continued his giant killing run taking out another champion in Charles August with a second round TKO, to win the WMC World Title eliminator and claim the vacant WMC Oceania cruiser-weight championship belt.
Adesanya had the advantage from the start thanks to his height, downing August once in the first with a head kick.
Adesanya used his height well, controlling the fight and forcing August out of his comfort zone, keeping the shorter but powerful August at a distance was forced to keep his guard up by Adesanya’s long reach.
August struggled to find a way around Adesanya’s defences though he stood firm and kept pushing forward as Israel took shots at will.
August tried to use his strength to force himself inside, going big with a wide swing leaving himself open which the razor sharp Adesanya took full advantage of, downing August for the count with a surgical knee to the body in the second.
“The fight went really well, I fought calm the whole time but it was nerve wracking. I want to Thank Charles, he is a legend in the sport. I was nervous the whole time coming into the fight, my coach told me stay sharp and now I’m just focusing on the World Title.” Adesanya said.
The win puts Israel Adesanya in line for a title fight against Simon Marcus in New Zealand later in the year, fighting for the WMC World Championship.
“Just wasn’t on, just didn’t click tonight. Prep was all good but just didn’t pull it together out there.” August said.
In the semi-main event WKN world champion Rob Powdrill defeated WMC cruiser-weight Australian champion Steve Behan with a fourth round TKO.
Powdrill had Behan staggering early after a few good combinations, fighting aggressive.
After a couple of accidental low blows to Powdrill the fight evened up and Powdrill went to his corner bleeding from a cut to the forehead at the end of the third and was dropped with a sweep kick early in the fourth.
Powdrill ended it after he staggered Behan with a shot to the chin, then was relentless attacking the off balance Behan, finishing him with a spin kick to the body against the ropes sending Behan rolling to the canvas for the count and unable to get up after the fight.
“The fight went alright, I definitely felt the smaller guy. He’s a real tough guy, it could of gone either way. It was a lot of pressure before the fight going up against Steve but those nerves worked in my favour. But it only takes one punch from him.” Powdrill said.
Tom Boyle showed his heart to come back from a difficult first round and claim the vacant WMC Light Heavyweight State Championship against Jason Altman with a third round TKO.
Boyle went down twice in the opening round and looked like he would have trouble against the super middleweight champ, but rallied in the second getting on the inside of Altman.
Boyle pushed home in the third, crowding Altman against the ropes and starting to gain control of the fight.
Altman – who came into the fight with a chest infection – retired to his corner with breathing difficulties after getting caught on the ropes during the third.
Humble as ever after the fight Boyle said, ”I’ve dreamed of this moment ever since I first started. It could of gone either way but I got lucky.”
Lex Hanegraaf defeated Jake Crane in a split decision.
The first couple of rounds were even, with Hanegraaf aggressive but unable to break Crane’s defence.
Crane went down in the third, bleeding from his nose, looking hurt and like he wanted to get out of there by the fifth.
Lex showed why he’s a crowd favourite, dancing around the ring and taunting Crane while coming in with big swings.
“So much fun. I love this crowd” Lex said after the fight.
Shaun Dawson took out Michael Lim with a split decision for his first victory.
Opening up the main card Hori Harris defeated Benji Fono via unanimous decision.
Fono using the Homer method, took all the punishment the smaller Hori could dish out, moving forward unflinchingly with a slight smile as Harris rained down shots.
Hoping to wear Harris out Hori showed no sign of feeling anything, though by the second his sides were visibly bruising and cut.
Hori started attacking in the second, going for a KO, but it was to little to late as the quicker Harris easily avoided him and holding him back till the bell.
Also on the card Josh Braithwaite defeated Jon Irwin with a first round TKO.
Ben Spears defeated Blair Martin in a split decision.
Illijana Illic defeated Chris Chaimongkol with a unanimous decision.
Hannah Beard defeated Georgia Arentz with a unanimous decision.
Luke Myers defeated Mark Harding in a unanimous decision.
Written by Daniel Whyntie