Waters Comes From Behind to Stop McMahon
Ryan Waters wins
By Paul Upham in Cronulla: Boxer-promoter Ryan Waters came from behind and won by 8th round TKO stoppage to retain his WBO Oriental junior middleweight boxing title against Shannon McMahon on Friday night July 30 at Cronulla Sutherland Leagues Club in Sydney, NSW. The twelve round match headlined a Water’ Left Hook Promotions card.
32 year-old McMahon 16-4-1 (6) from Melbourne had won regional and state titles in his last two fights and came out in round 1 moving and jabbing on the outside, timing his punches to pick off the defending title holder.
Melbourne promoter Peter Maniatis had predicted before the fight that McMahon was an excellent chance of winning in front of Waters’ home crowd. McMahon was boxing on the outside, using constant side to side movement and a tight, high defence to keep Waters one step behind, which was winning him the early rounds.
31 year-old Waters 16-2-1 (10) landed only one strong right hand in round 2. However, punches were traded after the bell for the end of round 2. This led to a melee, Waters back-slamming McMahon onto the canvas and both corners piling into the ring with the referee, trying to break the boxers as they punched at each other on the canvas.
After a warning from the referee before the commencement of round 3, both boxers were prepared to stand and trade, which suited Waters. McMahon then went back to his original tactics and outboxed Waters to the bell. At times, Waters was made to swing and miss wildly.
In round 4, Waters was able to land more regularly. In round 5, the local boxer was cut badly over his right eye. Referee Charlie Lucas ruling it was from a punch. Waters had brief moments of success, but McMahon’s boxing skills were winning him the first five rounds.
Waters lands his right hand
Waters had more purpose and energy in his step in round 6, probably realising that he was behind on the official scorecards. Two right hands flush on the jaw of McMahon got the vocal crowd back into the fight as Waters tried to rally.
McMahon was back on his bike in round 7, keen to stay away from Waters’ right hand. The times that Waters had been able to get on the inside, he was still not effective enough to impress the judges.
Waters was putting on more pressure in round 8 as McMahon gave the impression that he was beginning to tire ever so sightly. Just before the end of the round, Waters landed his right hand flush on the jaw of McMahon and he crashed down to the canvas. Struggling back to his feet on unsteady legs, the fight could have been stopped then, but referee Lucas waved the action on again as Waters swarmed in the final seconds.
At the bell, McMahon’s left leg was twitching as he tried to walk directly back to his corner. Ringside Doctor Lou Lewis checked McMahon and ordered the referee to stop the fight, despite the protests from the gallant boxer and his corner.
“I wanted to continue,” said McMahon. “Let me get carried out. Don’t end it like that. Full credit to Ryan, but I don’t want to lose like that. Let me be carried out of the ring.”
After eight rounds, which included the knockdown, Judge Will Soulos had McMahon ahead 77-75. Judges Kevin Hogan and Bernie Shannon McMahon both had the fight even 76-76. McMahon had deserved to be further ahead.
“He moved well and it was very hard to catch him,” admitted Waters.
Shannon McMahon on the canvas
Ryan Waters & Shannon McMahon
In the main support, local rising star Michael Bolling 8-0 (7) continued his impressive run with a 5th round TKO stoppage win over William Hadlow at super middleweight.
25 year-old Bolling’s constant forward attack with hooks and uppercuts wore down the experienced Hadlow and busted up his face leading to the eventual stoppage.
Bolling is an exciting prospect and certainly one boxer to follow as he progresses to bigger and more important fights.
“That was the toughest fight I have had yet,” said Bolling. “He’s a great bloke.”
Date: Friday July 31, 2009
Venue: Cronulla Sutherland Leagues Club, Cronulla, NSW
Ryan Waters w.tko.8 Shannon McMahon
WBO Oriental junior middleweight title
Michael Bolling w.tko.5 William Hadlow - super middleweight
Brad Bond w.ud.4 Nick Xipolitas - super middleweight
39-37, 40-37, 40-37
All photos by Paul Upham - www.SecondsOut.com
Michael Bolling was impressive