Bringing the South to the City

South Auckland’s SMAC Gym put on a hell of a show last night (Friday, 23 April, 2010), ‘Bringing the South III’ to the central Auckland fight scene at A.B.A stadium.

The fight card held an incredible lineup of 16 fights with the main event seeing Baby ‘The Pitbull’ Nansen (SMAC) defending her WMCNZ Lightweight title against Bronwyn Wylie (ETK).

As expected, being two of New Zealand’s top female fighters, it proved to be a close fight. Both fighters battled it out to the bitter end with Bronwyn winning by unanimous decision; making the WMCNZ Lightweight Title her own.

John ‘The Rebel’ Conway was the referee on the night. Here is his take on the title fights of the night:

NZF: What did you think of Jason Adjani and Wayne Condon’s fight?

JC: Jason is quite a bit younger and probably fitter fighter, and probably a bit stronger, but Wayne really showed his experience. I think it’s probably a little bit too early for Jason to be a champ. Wayne was a little bit too strong. He had a bit more street fight in him and was a bit more raw, but experienced. It was a close fight, if they fought 6 months later the position may be reversed.

NZF: Bronwyn Wylie and Baby Nansen?

JC: Bronwyn fought a very smart fight. Everyone was anticipating her to come out as a boxer, but she actually came out and used her strength in her arms and her knees quite a lot and really shut down baby. I would have liked to see Baby explode a bit more with kicks to the legs early in the fight which may have started to pay off later in the fight. I think the decision went to the right girl, but in a rematch I could see the decision changing around as I think Baby will be a lot more motivated next time. I think Baby ran out of steam at the end of round three and four. At the end of round five she was starting to look quite exhausted. Maybe she just had a bad night in the office. Bronwyn definitely deserved to win. She had a good fight plan, was strong in the grapple and with her knees. That’s what won her the fight.

Full fight results as follows:

3 x 1.5min Padded
Vernon TAYLOR (42kgs) [SMAC] WON by unanimous decision VS Daniel ROSS (42kgs) [FFS - Featherston]

3 x 1.5min Padded
Frankie Leota (72kg) [FFS - Featherson] WON by unanimous decision VS Krystle Ward (72kg) [SMAC]

3 x 1.5min Padded
Brian Higgins (58kg) [SMAC] WON by unanimous decision VS Greg Mitchell (58kg) [Team Hardcore]

3 x 2mins Padded
Reuben Izzard (86kg) [Helensville Kickboxing] WON by unanimous decision VS Ve’a Tuafale (86kg) [Sth Akl Lee Gar]

3 x 2min Padded
Robert Chamberlain (69kg) [Rebel Lee Gar] WON by unanimous decision VS Jason Ridley (68kg) [SMAC]


3 x 2mins Modified Thai
Mike Cunningham (80kg) [IMT] WON by unanimous decision VS Robert Beniamina (80kg) [Sth Akl - Lee Gar]

3 x 2mins Modified Thai
Makaera Povey (77kg) [Hellensville Kickboxing] WON by split decision VS Top (76kg) [SMAC]

3 x 2mins Modified Thai
Wendy Talbot (58kg) [Red Dragon - Tauranga] WON by unanimous decision VS Thip Sumprasoet (55kg) [ETK]

3 x 2mins Modified Thai
Bryce Howard (62kg) [Sth Akl Lee Gar] WON by split decision VS Nunz Wati (62kg) [PUMA]

3 x 2mins Modified Thai
Kris Hohaia (79kg) [Johann’s Gym] WON by unanimous decision VS Peripi Dar (78kg) [Sanbukai - Terry Hill]

3 x 2mins Modified Thai
Daniel Scott (72kg) [The Zone] WON by unanimous decision VS Adrian (72kg) [ETK Northland]

3 x 2mins Modified Thai
James Pakinga (72kg) [SMAC] WON by unanimous decision VS Jade Ngapera (72kg) [FFS - Featherston]

3 x 2mins Modified Thai
Lawrence Howard (75kg) [Sth Akl Lee Gar] WON by unanimous decision VS Conrad Wati (75kg) [PUMA]

3 x 2mins Modified Thai
Israel Adesanya (80kg) [City Kickboxing] WON by unanimous decision VS Jerry Seagar (80kg) [North Shore Lee Gar]

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