By Ken Hissner: At Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales, Australia with over 11,000 in attendance over Showtime Saturday George Rose and Matt Rose (No Limit Boxing Promotions) presented in the Main Event IBF Intercontinental champion and WBO Global Super Welterweight champion Tim Tszyu came from behind to stop former WBC Light Middleweight champion and current WBC Silver Super Welterweight champion Tony “Super Bad” Harrison in nine rounds to win the vacant WBO Interim World Super Welterweight title.
In the Main Event IBF Intercontinental and WBO Global Super Welter champion and No. 1 ranked WBO Tim Tszyu, 22-0 (16), #153 ½, of Sydney, New So. Wales, AUST, stopped former WBC Light Middle champ and current WBC Silver champ No. 4 ranked Tony “Super Bad” Harrison, 29-3-1 (21), #153 ½, of Detroit, MI, at 2:43 of the ninth round of a scheduled 12 rounds for the vacant WBO Interim World Super Welter title.
In the first two rounds the taller Harrison used his reach to dominate with his jab while Tszyu hands held high was out worked. In the third round at the end of the first minute Tszyu landed a pair of rights to the chin of Harrison. Midway Harrison used a double jab to keep Tszyu from returning until the midway point when Tszyu landed a right on the chin rocking Harrison but failed to follow up.
In the fourth round Harrison again controlled with his jab while Tszyu landed an occasional right. In the fifth round Harrison used his jab but reluctant to throw the right while Tszyu is doing just the opposite taking the round.
In the sixth round Harrison stayed along the ropes countering with his jab when Tszyu lands the harder punches. In the seventh round Harrison continues to outwork Tszyu with his jab except for midway when Tszyu landed lefts to the body. In the eighth round Tszyu had Harrison on the ropes working his body better than in the previous rounds not giving Harrison as much room to use his jab. Harrison has swelling under his right eye.
In the ninth round Tszyu snapped back the head of Harrison with a solid jab in the first thirty seconds. Tszyu hurt Harrison with a barrage of punches with right uppercuts after uppercuts knocking him to the canvas for an 8-count. As Harrison got up he was on shaky legs while the referee gave him time to recover his hands were do his side and the referee waved it off with no protest from Harrison.
WBO Oriental and IBF Intercontinental Super Bantam champ Sam Goodman, 14-0 (7), #121 ½, of Albion Park, New So. Wales, AUST, defeated southpaw TJ ‘The Power’ Doheny, 23-4 (17), #121 ¾, of Portlaois, IRE, and Bondi Junction, New So. Wales, AUST, over 10 rounds.
Super Welter Koen “Malicious” Mazoudier, 11-2-1 (4), #153 ¾, of Blacktown, New So. Wales, AUST, drew with Ben Mahoney, 13-0-1 (7), #153 ½, of Coomera, Queensland, AUST, over 10 rounds.
Olympian Light Heavy southpaw Paulo “Sweet P” Aokuso, 4-0 (3), #174 ½, of Sydney, New So. Wales, AUST, defeated Yunieski “The Monster” Gonzalez, 21-6 (17), #174 ½, of Pinar del Rio, CUBA and Miami, FL, over 10 rounds.
In the first five rounds both had their moments in a close fight. In the sixth round Aokuso dropped Gonzalez with an uppercut left on the chin finished with a right uppercut with Gonzalez taking an 8-count just before the bell. In the seventh round Aokuso started showboating as Gonzalez came back well enough to take the round.
In the eighth rounds final minute Aokuso landed a combination to the chin of Gonzalez. Then he moved away biding his time instead of following up. In the ninth round Gonzalez followed Aokuso around the ring not doing much in return of Aokuso’s jabs. In the tenth and final round it was Gonzalez running away like he had the fight won while Aokuso landed what punches were landed while Gonzalez seem grateful to get to the finish.
Scores were 97-92, 99-90 and 100-89.
Issac “The Headsplitter” Hardman, 13-1 (11), #167 ¾, of Brisbane, Queensland, AUST, lost a majority decision to Rohan Murdock, 27-2 (19), #167 ½, of Nerang, Queensland, AUST, over 10 rounds for the vacant IBF Australasian Super Middle title.
Super Welter Nikita “The Butcher” Tszyu, 5-0 (4), #153 ¾, of Sydney, New So. Wales, AUSTR, stopped Bo Belbin, 7-1 (5), #154, of Hobart, Tasmania, AUST, at 1:46 of the first round of a 6.
Feather Shanell Dargan, 2-1-2 (0), #125 ¼, of Cambelltown, New So. Wales, AUST, defeated Courtney Martin, 1-1 (1), #125 ¼, of Perth, Western Australia, AUST, over 4 rounds.
Scores were 40-36 twice and 39-37.
Cruiser Imam Khataev, 3-0 (3), #180, of Grozny, RUS, stopped Gi Sung Gwak, 4-1 (2), #180, of South Korea, at 0:48 of the first round of an 8.
Ring Announcer was Jimmy Lennon, Jr.