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17 NOVEMBER 2018

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Leveni Takes the Fight to Medley in Newcastle

By Paul Upham at ringside: “Deadly” Robert Medley won the vacant IBO Inter-Continental junior middleweight title but he was forced to win it over the twelve round distance by local prospect Tui Leveni, who enhanced his reputation with a spirited performance at the Newcastle Panthers Club in Newcastle, NSW on Friday night.

“What a warrior,” Medley said of Leveni. “I can’t believe how inexperienced he is and what a war he gave me tonight. I didn’t take him lightly. I respected him and trained really hard for the fight. He can punch and he can take a punch.”

25 year-old Leveni 8-2 (5) started fast and brought out Medley’s best skills and fast combinations. It led to some interesting exchanges and though Medley won most of the early rounds, he was forced to work at his peak levels, which may have explained his tiring later in the fight.

After six rounds it looked as though Leveni was on the verge of being stopped. However, he found a new burst of energy and won round 8. Leveni lost an extra point in round 9 when a knockdown was recorded against him after he was wobbled with a punch and then slipped backwards on the canvas advertising. It was a round Leveni was winning and the set-back only made him even more determined.

Leveni outworked 27 year-old Medley 23-2 (15) in the last three rounds, winning each of them and putting the more experienced boxer in a few moments of difficulty. Medley used his height and reach to survive to the final bell and the judges scored the fight for him 118-111, 115-114 and 118-109.

In the main support bout, 2004 Australian Olympic team captain Jamie Pittman got some much needed rounds against Josh Clenshaw, who was on a three fight undefeated run since making a comeback in 2008, after a three year break from the ring.

27 year-old Pittman 18-1 (8) won a unanimous eight round points decision, using a fast sharp right hand and some hard straight left hands. Clenshaw, who is still getting back to peak fitness, was unable to set himself against the busier Pittman. Judges scored the fight for Pittman 80-72, 80-72 and 80-72.

The Fenech Fight Night card was promoted by Grange Old School Boxing and was televised live around Australia on Fox Sports 1.

Date February 20
Location Newcastle Panthers Club, Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Robert Medley w.12 Tui Leveni
IBO Inter-Continental junior middleweight title
Jamie Pittman w.ud.8 Josh Clenshaw
Steven Wills Ruben Kennedy
Steve Casserley Anthony Brownlee
Aaron Bartley w.tko.5 Tainui Crouch
Brendan Batty w.ud.4 Lucas Mason
Joel Brunker w.tko.2 Troy Glover

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