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17 NOVEMBER 2018

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Clenshaw Gives Davidson Tough Battle; Crowe Wins Australian Title; Haumono Dropped, But Wins

Clenshaw (L) gives Davidson tough battle
Clenshaw (L) gives Davidson tough battle

By Paul Upham in Blacktown: Finding opponents for junior middleweight boxing prospect King Davidson has not been easy of late, but popular gladiator Josh Clenshaw stepped up and gave the Nigerian ten tough rounds in losing a points decision on Saturday night at the Blacktown RSL Club in Sydney, Australia.

“I just want to thank Josh Clenshaw, he gave me a big test that I never expected in my life,” admitted Davidson, after his unanimous points win. “I must say, he is a true warrior. I give him all the respect in the world. No one wants to fight me. He gave me a good fight. I never believed it was going to be like this.”

In the early rounds, Davidson 8-0 (5), looked like the future world title challenger that his manager Peter Mitrevski Sr and trainer Johnny Lewis have predicted him to be.

The 24 year-old’s elusive body movement to slip punches was high class and his southpaw jab and hooks were fast and powerful. After being beaten to the punch and countered repeatedly, “Chainsaw” Clenshaw turned it all around in round 7 and hurt Davidson on the ropes and hammered him with numerous punches. Round 8 was a copy of the previous stanza as Davidson tired.

Lewis urged Davidson to turn the fight again and in round 9, his flashy prospect pounded Clenshaw 26-16 (13) on the ropes. It was toe to toe action in the final round to the delight of the sell-out crowd and while Davidson was a worthy winner, Clenshaw pushed him harder than any other professional has so far.

All three judges scored the fight for Davidson, 98-93, 99-93 and 97-93.

The fight had been promoted as 32 year-old Clenshaw’s final match, win, lose or draw. After thanking his many vocal fans for their support, Clenshaw then cast doubt as to whether this was really his final fight after all.

“Just call me Josh Farnham,” he hinted.

The main support saw Jason Crowe face Sedat Tasci for the vacant Australian lightweight title. Crowe won a five round technical points decision after an eye cut, in a thrilling battle which demands a rematch.

The fast, hard hands of Tasci hurt 31 year-old Crowe 6-2-1 (5) in rounds 1 and 3, but Crowe responded with heavy punches in rounds 2 and 4. Crowe suffered a bad cut over his left eye in round 4. In round 5, Tasci 4-1-2 (2) was dropped to the canvas but Referee Gary Dean ruled it was from a slip. Crowe’s face was a mask of blood after sustaining a second cut over his right eye. At the end of round 5, the fight was stopped by the ringside doctor Dr Lou Lewis on the second cut over Crowe’s right eye, ruled by Referee Dean to be from an accidental head clash

The judges scored the fight for Crowe 48-47, 49-47 and 49-46.

23 year-old Tasci and his team were furious with the decision.

Crowe offered his foe a rematch, even if he did not appreciate his tactics inside the ring.

“I want to give him a rematch because he deserves it,” said Crowe, “but he is a head-butt man.”

Before the result was announced, promoter Fidel Tukel offered to make the rematch, which would be a must see for boxing fans such was the passion and determination involved. It would not be out of place headlining on a future televised Fox Sports Fight Night.

King Davidson lands
King Davidson lands
Former rugby league star Solomon Haumono’s heavyweight match with Roy Sio only lasted 15 seconds, but it was a stunning result which left ringsiders with open mouths and many questions.

The relatively inexperienced boxer Sio (233lbs), with a kick-boxing and mixed martial arts background, attacked from the opening bell and the two massive men exchanged furious punches. Both boxers were swinging wildly and Haumono (248lbs) was dropped to the canvas with a vicious right hand to the jaw.

33 year-old Haumono was laying flat on his back on the canvas, but before he could even attempt to regain his feet, Sio stood over him and punched again, with his right hand landing flush on the jaw. It was a callous act which resulted in Sio’s immediate disqualification by Referee Brian McMahon.

While the crowd watched on stunned, Haumono was helped to his feet on unsteady legs. His training team were furious and Haumono’s father Maile, a former Australian heavyweight champion, was outraged.

Haumono 16-1 (14) was officially declared the winner by 1st round disqualification at the 0:15 minute mark. Sio 1-1 (1) was booed back to his dressing room before the result was announced.

A dazed Haumono demanded a rematch.

“I want to make it happen again,” he said.

Date Saturday May 16
Location Blacktown RSL Club, Blacktown, NSW

King Davidson w.ud.10 Josh Clenshaw - junior middleweight
98-93, 99-93, 97-93
Jason Crowe Sedat Tasci
Australian lightweight title
48-47, 49-47, 49-46

Solomon Haumono w.dq.1 Roy Sio - heavyweight
Ninos Slewa w.ud.4 Percy Samson
39-37, 40-37, 38-37
Rey Anton Orlate Anthony Brownlie - welterweight
39-36, 38-39, 40-36
Ben Wrotniak Jody Gall - cruiserweight
39-38, 38-39, 39-37

The event was presented by Empire Fight Promotions and Core Strength Boxing.

Paul Upham
Content Editor

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King Davidson wins
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King Davidson & Josh Clenshaw

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