2 New WBA Oceania Champs Crowned.
2 new WBA Oceania champs were crowned last night with Liam Hutchinson winning a split decision over Wade Ryan for the title and Trent Broadhurst winning by TKO over Reece Papuni in 5 rounds for the Light Heavyweight title.
Trent Broadhurst won the vacant light Heavyweight title with a 5th round TKO victory over a game and willing Reece Papuni. the scores up until the end of the 4th round were Adam Height 39-37 to Broadhurst, Alan Burford 39-37 Broadhurst and Adrian Cairns 40-36 to Broadhurst.
Trent has shaken off the severe shoulder injury that has interrupted his career and is now showing his potential as a tall and polished boxer with a good punch and work rate. His promoter Angelo de Carlo has always had a huge opinion of him and this win against a respected opponent shows he is ready to stamp his mark on the world stage.
In other action, Australian light middleweight Liam Hutchinson (11-2, 5 KOs) was extended by Wade Ryan (8-3) over ten rounds in capturing the WBA Oceania title. Scores were 96-94, 96-94, 99-92. Hutchison said, “It’s the first time I’ve been cut in my career and I went a little off track in the middle rounds. I was happy with my ability to get back into my rhythm and get back to the game plan. I won the last few rounds. My corner did a good job with the cut. I’m proud to be the new WBA Oceania champion and hopefully this will open a few doors for me.”
Hutchinson’s manager Matt Clark added, “It was a great learning fight for Liam. He overcame some adversity. The cut was a shocker but his trainer John Bastable did a fantastic job with it. Hopefully he will now be ranked by the WBA as a result of this tremendous win. Liam is still developing as a professional. He’s going to be a real handful for anyone in the coming years.”