There were two good cards Down Under on Friday, and we start off at the Manly Leagues Club in Brookvale, NSW where there was a battle for the vacant WBO Oriental Light Heavyweight title.
New Zealander Kariz Kariuki, 16-7-2 (15), bounced back from a KO loss at the hands of slugger Victor Oganov almost a year ago to crush New Caledonia's Iau Kamisak, 9-4-1 (7), in the very first round,
The Kiwi based Kenyan Kariuki captures the WBO Oriental belt with the win and has had an interesting career since turning pro in late 2000.
The 31 year old Nairobi born slugger has won an array of titles at super middle and light heavy while also contending for crowns at cruiserweight, losing only to top Aussies Paul Briggs, Glen Kelly, Lawrence Tauasa, Jason DeLisle and Daniel Rowsell.
On the undercard, heavy handed heavyweight John Hopoate, 11-2 (11), forced a third round referee stoppage of American journeyman Cliff Couser, 26-20-2 (14).
At Knox Netball Centre in Ferntree Gully in Melbourne, Susie Ramadan, 8-0 (4), of Preston retained her OPBF Female Super Bantam crown with a hard fought ten round UD over Auckland's Michelle Preston, 3-2 (0), in a rematch to their inagural OPBF clash last November.
Also on the bill, Nunawading based welter prospect Oyewale Omotoso, 12-0 (10), posted a first round KO of Indonesia's Jamed Jalarante, 10-7 (5).