NZ Heavyweight Shane Cameron wins by disqualification
New Zealand heavyweight boxer Shane Cameron had an unsatisfactory win in his comeback fight against Australian opponent John Hopoate in Australia this week due to Hopoate being disqualified in the second round of their Melbourne bout.
The fight was stopped by Australian referee Malcolm Bulmer, 43s into the second round of their 10 round fight with Hopoate being accused of persistent holding and wrestling tactics.
Both Hopoate’s and Cameron’s camps were disappointed with the call which saw Hopoate storming off the ring as both sides believed that the referee stopped the fight too early.
The opening round commenced with Hopoate slinging Cameron around; persistently getting in close to decrease Cameron’s range.
The referee gave Hopoate a warning in round one, in what was called ‘an ugly fight’ for his persistent holding.
The referee finally lost his patience shocking both boxers and the crowd at the Flemington Racecourse by disqualifying Hopoate for his use of wrestling rather than boxing techniques.
It was a disappointing win for Cameron as this was his chance to prove himself following his knockout loss to David Tua last October.
Cameron, with his current record of 24 wins and two losses is optimistic however, and promises to bring it on for his fans next month in Wellington.