August 4, 2001 – By Paul Upham: Team Fenech’s WBO No.2 flyweight Hussein Hussein won a bloody two round brawl against the Philippine’s Silvio Glinago in Sydney at the Bankstown Bellevue Function Centre in the headline bout of a Fenech Fight Night promotion on Friday night.
Original opponent Rodel “The Kid” Orais was unable to gain a visa into the country this week and fellow countryman Glinago, 5-8 (3), stepped in to face Hussein (115 lbs), who agreed to the bout on Thursday even though he was outweighed by 12.5 lbs on the scales and probably a lot more by fight time.
Glinago came out attacked early in the first round trying to use his weight advantage against the 1996 Olympian who seemed to be fired up by the Filipino’s early onslaught.
Using good movement Hussein, 16-0 (13), landed stinging left jabs and went to the body with his trademark left and right hand rips and a small cut developed under Glinago’s right eye at the end of the first round.
Glinago was slowed early in the second by more body shots from Hussein, then a sickening head clash saw both fighters reel away with Hussein bleeding badly from a gash to the top right side of his head. As the referee took Hussein to the ringside Doctor Alex Lewis, Hussein’s protests over an impending stoppage were clearly heard.
After some anxious moments, the doctor allowed the fight to continue as the blood was not impending Hussein’s vision.
Realising the serious of the cut, Hussein launched a brutal attack on his bigger opponent as the fighters stood toe to toe trading punches. Hussein was the more accurate and landed two superb right hooks which opened a bad cut over the left eye of Glinago prompting the referee to step in and Doctor Lewis was again called in, this time ruling that the Filipino lightweight could not continue. Hussein winning by technical knockout midway through the second round.
An exciting fight while it lasted, 25 year old Hussein Hussein showed plenty of determination and heart to continue his unbeaten record as he marches towards a world title shot with undefeated WBO champion Fernando Montiel.
“I didn’t want a draw on my record. That's the last thing I wanted. I would have fought on if I had five cuts,” said Hussein. “I appreciate him taking the fight. He was one tough nut. My guy pulled out the last minute, what can I do that’s boxing.”
Hussein’s hometown crowd applauded their courageous hero at the finish as his face was covered by blood
“I was concerned about the cut, but that happens. I'll be back stronger. The cut will heal up. I'm ready for that WBO world title and I want to bring it back home here to Bankstown,” said Hussein, who knew he was in for a tough fight with a bigger fighter.
“I hit him clean with my right hand and I was surprised when he didn't go down. I'll get back in the gym and start all over again and hopefully get that world title shot that we've been promised and bring it back home to Australia.”
Trainer Jeff Fenech was very happy with the victory considering the circumstances and said that Hussein Hussein was receiving tremendous support in his charge to a world title shot.
"We've got a big, big job ahead of us. Thanks to froggy.com.au who have just donated $20,0000 for Hussein Hussein's training for his world title fight along with Kieran O'Connor who is also going to help. We are getting ready now for a world title shot and to bring it back home in September," said Fenech.