Golden Boyz Stage Top Corporate Boxer Showdown at ABA

Golden Boyz Stage Top Corporate Boxer Showdown at ABA

Just because it's corporate, doesn't mean they don't walk, talk and punch like professionals. SnR Golden Boyz and King Hit Boxing went out of their way on Saturday to prove this point, in a club vs club showdown: and prove it they did. Filling the Auckland Boxing Association stadium (ABA) with high-rollers, low-riders, and 'solid as' Auckland supporters, an 11 bout line-up kept the crowd on their feet and lit up the wildly stormy night outside.

Tipping the scales in favour of the heavyweights, the fighters entered the stadium with pride; threw the best that they had into the ring; and sidestepped, bobbed, weaved and jabbed their way to a decision. Joe Bryant and Mike Squire kicked off the night with a draw; and were followed by big swinger Te Puhi Rudolph, who punched his way to a unanimous decision against Owen McGregor.

Three unanimous decisions in the blue corner kept the pressure in the ring, until the appearance of Joel Trappitt brought the heaving, smiling mass to its feet. Chris O'Neill looked non-plussed as "Go Joel" signs appeared from behind seats, and the cheering section for the well-trained heavyweight let fly with chants. But he wasn't going to be swayed by public opinion, and went into the fight with gloves ablaze. In the end though, Trappitt outdid the older, larger O'Neill.

Taking the hint - before a brief break saw the stadium head for refreshments - Adam Felix came out of the blue corner thundering, and put Garth Collins down in a round two KO. Left with a knockout to remember them by, the dispersing fans couldn't wait for the next set of pugilists to grace the ring. Returning to the ring after an intermission, Tomas Franco won the split decision in a bout against a flailingly courageous Simon Roland. Initially, it didn't sit well with his noisy supporters, but an appreciation for the quality of the fight spread the support around in the end.

Equally even on the fanbase, as well as the boxing talent, the next match-up between Lewis Sinclair and Jeremy McMahon was a highlight fight. A bloody-nosed battle that raged back and forth for the full six minutes (3 x 2 minute rounds), until Lewis Sinclair finally clinched the deal with some straight-shooting punches: a split decision to the beaming Sinclair.

One more unanimous win for the blue corner brought the evening to the main event: trainer vs trainer, in a middleweight tussle between Shawn King (King Hits Boxing) and Richie Hackney (SnR Golden Boyz). The crowd roared its approval as the first strings of Hackney's song blared out; followed by the fighter himself, in his first appearance in five years. A five minute entry piece broke out into some spontaneous lunges on the canvas, that proved the boxer was ready for action. Shawn King's entry, by comparison, was a far quieter affair, but still had the loud approval of the masses.

With a quick explanation and a heads up from referee John Conway, the fight got underway. And then around 50 seconds into the first round - after a few careful jabs - Hackney hit King with a deal-maker that ended the fight just as swiftly as it had begun. King made his feet after some medical attention, and even performed a dance move or two to show who was boss on the dancefloor, but the night had been made with a final KO to send people on their way. Carrying Hackney from the ring in triumph, the rest of the stadium was carried out with him into a blustery spring night in Auckland.

Full Fight Results

Light Heavyweight 3 x 2 minute rounds
Joe Bryant (Draw) vs Mike Squire (Draw)

Super Middleweight 3 x 2 minute rounds
Te Puhi Rudolph Won unanimous vs Owen McGregor 

Heavyweight 3 x 2 minute rounds
Jeremy Eves Won unanimous vs Stefan Paladin

Light Middleweight 3 x 2 minutes rounds
Chris Putt Won unanimous vs Shaun Louden

Heavyweight 3 x 2 minute rounds
Manu Fotofili Won unanimous vs Toma Rawiri

Heavyweight 3 x 2 minute rounds
Joel Trappitt Won unanimous vs Chris O'Neill

Heavyweight 3 x 2 minute rounds
Adam Felix Won by KO-R2 vs Garth Collins

Light Heavyweight 3 x 2 minute rounds
Tomas Franco Won split decision vs Simon Roland

Heavyweight 3 x 2 minute rounds
Lewis Sinclair Won split decision vs Jeremy McMahon

Heavyweight 3 x 2 minute rounds
Nigel Ula Won unanimous vs Blair Paladin

Main Event

Middleweight 6 x 2 minute rounds
Richie Hackney Won KO-R1 vs Shawn King

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