Former world title challenger Kali Meehan scored a ferocious first round knockout against Michael Sprott to claim the $200,000 first prize in the “Super 8″ heavyweight tournament on Wednesday night at the Trusts Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.
Meehan decked the former British champ Sprott twice in round one before referee Brad Vocale stopped the fight after 2:53.
Former undisputed world heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman,50-9-2-(41), was surprisingly out-pointed by journeyman Anthony Hansen,4-2-(1), in the first bout of the Super 8 Heavyweight Tournament at Trusts Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand on Wednesday. The 41 year-old lost by scores of 29-28 twice and 30-27.
In another surprise American Alonzo “Big Zo” Butler, 30-3-1-(22), lost a split decision over Kiwi Brice Ritani-Coe, 4-2-1-(3).
In the third quarter final 44-year-old former world title challenger Kali Meehan, 39-5-(31), defeated the smaller Hunter Sam, 11-3-(4), on points.
The last quarter final saw Michael Sprott win the battle of the British Prize fighter winners against Martin Rogan over three rounds via majority decision. The scores were 29-28 twice and an even 29-29.
In the first semi final Sprott unanimously out-pointed Anthony Hansen by scores of 30-27 on all three judges cards.
The second Second semi final saw Kali Meehan out pointed fellow New Zealander Brice Ritani-Coe. Meehan battered his inexperienced foe in the opening round before decking halfway through the round. Ritani-Coe, to his credit fought back hard but there was only one winner. The scores were 29-27 on all three judges cards.
June 4, 2014