Star Aussie & NZ boxers 'Clash For Canterbury'

Star Aussie & NZ boxers 'Clash For Canterbury'

Bringing together the best in Australian boxing (Anthony Mundine) and the most popular in New Zealand rugby (Sonny Bill Wiliams), Sunday's Clash for Canterbury event held an appeal for most of the fans gathered at the Waitakere Trust Stadium, as well as those gathered in front of their televisions.

With SKY Television pledging all proceeds from the event to be donated to the Red Cross 2011 New Zealand Earthquake Appeal, and the company covering all production costs for the event, there was a certain noble edge lent to the hard-nosed line up of fighters on the card.

Local professional boxers like Gunnar Jackson, David Aloua, Junior Iakopo, Mick Jones and Jason Williams, among others, brought the weight of current NZ talent to an event that was headlined by the heavyweight fight between All Black Sonny Bill Williams and Tongan Alipate Liava'a, and the junior-middleweight main event between Australian star Anthony Mundine and American Xavier Toliver.

Supported in his corner by fellow All Blacks and Crusaders Ben and Owen Franks, a dominant Williams won his fight unanimously in front of an impressive All Black-rich crowd that included the likes of All Black coach Graham Henry, Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder and players Liam Messam and Eric Rush. Having witnessed the destructive power of both earthquakes in Christchurch first-hand, the victory was that much sweeter for an athlete that has strong ties to the city.

The victory takes the 25-year-old Williams' professional record to four from four, with two knockouts. While the loss for Liava'a makes it eight defeats in a row from 12 fights.

In the main event of the evening, Australian boxing star Anthony Mundine won his junior-middleweight fight with American Xavier Toliver with a seventh round TKO.

Clash For Canterbury Results

Professional Bouts:
Bout 1. Light Heavyweight contest, 4 x 3 minute rounds
Mick Jones 75.00kg (NZ)  vBilal Akkaway 76.90 (Aust)
Referee:     Lance Revill
Judges:    Carrick Belton, Greg Burgess, Kylie Bell
Result:    Win to B. Akkaway by KO1    10/8, 10/8, 10/8.  2 minutes 20secs

Bout 2. Heavyweight contest, 4 x 3 minute rounds
Kris O’Neil,116.10kgs v Jason Williams, 116.50kgs
Referee:    John Gillespie
Judges:    Greg Burgess, Kylie Bell, Andrew Bell
Result:    Win to Jason Williams by KO2.    20/17, 20/17, 20/17.  22secs.

Bout 3. Catchweight Cruiserweight contest, 4 x 3 minute rounds
Niusila Seiuli, 82.80kgs v Gunnar Jackson 76.30,
Referee:     Lance Revill
Judges:    Kylie Bell, Andrew Bell, Carrick Belton
Result:    Win to G. Jackson by TKO3.    40/37, 40/36, 39/37

Bout 4: Heavyweight contest, 6 x 3 minute rounds
Henry Tani, 95.00kgs v David Aloua 91.20kgs
Referee:    John Gillespie
Judges:    Andrew Bell, Carrick Belton, Greg Burgess
Result:    Win to D. Aloua by TKO4.    40/35, 40/36, 38/38

Bout 5: Heavyweight contest, 6 x 3 minute rounds
Junior Iakopo, 95.60kgs (NZ) v Mostyn Niemann, 90.20kgs (Aust),
Referee:     Lance Revill
Judges:    Carrick Belton, Greg Burgess, Kylie Bell
Result:    Win to M. Nieman by TKO3.    30/26, 30/27, 30/26

Bout 6:Light Heavyweight contest, 8 x 3 minute rounds
Warren Fuiava, 78.70kgs(NZ) v Daniel Baff, 78.90kgs (Aust),
Referee:    John Gillespie
Judges:    Greg Burgess, Kylie Bell, Andrew Bell
Result:    Win to W. Fuiava by KO5.    49/45, 50/44, 50/44.  2 minute 34secs

Main Prelim Bout:
Bout 7: Heavyweight contest, 6 x 3 minute rounds
Alipate Liava’a, 115.30kgs v Sonny Bill Williams, 108.50kgs
Referee:    Lance Revill
Judges    Kylie Bell, Andrew Bell, Carrick Belton
Result:    Win to S. B. Williams by unanimous Points.  60/54, 60/54, 60/54

Main Bout:
Bout 8: Middleweight contest, 10 x 3 minute rounds
Xavier Toliver, 71.60kgs (USA)   v   Anthony Mundine, 71.70kgs (Aust,)
Referee:    John Gillespie
Judges:    Andrew Bell, Carrick Belton, Greg Burgess
Result:    Win to A. Mundine by TKO7.    70/63, 70/62, 70/62

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