BODYPUNCH GYM WIN BIG IN HURSTVILLE
By TOM WATT on June 16 2015
This past Saturday saw a packed out Hurstville Entertainment Centre for the JNI Promotions card that featured some of Australia’s rising stars such as the undefeated Paul ‘Showtime’ Fleming and Dylan Emery as well as ever-popular Lauryn Eagle in the Main Event. It was Billy Hussein’s Bodypunch Gym that were the real winners though with four wins from four on the night.
Dylan Emery and Mark Ramirez battled it out in a Middleweight bout that was the stand-out candidate for fight of the night, with Sydney’s undefeated Emery (12-0-0) winning via a 4th round KO over the Gold Coast’s Mark Ramirez. Emery was the clear favourite coming into the fight but Ramirez hadn’t read the script and was determined to leave his mark on proceedings, making a lightning quick start and setting the tone early by standing in front of Emery trading. Ramirez probably took the first round and potentially edged the second but by the 3rd round Emery’s class began to show and he dropped Ramirez with a huge left rip to the body for the first knockdown. Ramirez beat the count and was back up to his feet but the shot had taken it’s toll and Emery began to dominate, landing heavy right hands almost at will. In the fourth round Ramirez was down again, this time through one of those right hands and as he got back up Emery piled on the pressure to put him down one more time, this time there was no beating the count. Emery spoke to T2TBoxing after the fight and claimed his next goal is to go for an Australian Title as he looks to move up in the rankings on route to an eventual World Title shot.
Elsewhere on the card, Emery’s team-mates from Billy Hussein’s Bodypunch Gym in Lakemba, Matias Collados and Wessam Amer also picked up wins with Collados scoring an impressive ‘search and destroy’ third round KO win over Nick Wright to go to 9-2-0 with 9 straight wins and Amer scoring a UD win over Thailand’s Terdkiat Siththeppitak. See Collados’ post fight interview here.
The fourth and final Bodypunch Gym member on Saturday night’s card was Paul ‘Showtime’ Fleming who put in an impressive and dominant display to take home a second round KO of Thongthai Rajanondh. This was by no means Fleming’s hardest fight to date but the father of 3 dealt with the opponent put in front of him and can now look forward to fighting on his promoter, Top Rank’s cards later this year in America or Macau as he seeks his first World Title shot. Fleming has shown fantastic skills and desire to reach this stage of his career unbeaten but now is the time for him to step up and start fighting ranked fighters to push himself into contention. See our exclusive interview with Paul here.
Elsewhere on the card, former Commonwealth representative Mark ‘2 Sharp’ Lucas took home a decision win to move to 3-0 as he continues his progression into the professional ranks. Lucas was struggling with illness prior to the fight but still had enough in the tank to control the distance of the fight and take home a comfortable victory. T2TBoxing caught up with Mark after his fight, see the interview here.
David Birchell trained fighter, Jack Brubaker also took home a UD win to move himself to 8-1-0. Brubaker dominated the fight from start to finish but was unable to break through his opponent’s cagey defence and had to settle for the points win.
Finally, the Main Event saw TV personality Lauryn Eagle lace up the gloves again to take on the diminutive Petchseenil Dekburiram in a scheduled 10 round bout. This was the fight a lot of people had come to see and unfortunately it didn’t quite live up to expectations, with a huge height and reach advantage over her opponent (the biggest size differences I’ve seen in the ring since David Haye took on Nikolai Valuev), Eagle rarely looked troubled, keeping her opponent at bay as she landed a continuous barrage of straight shots, looking more like a boxercise class than a fight at times. To her credit Petchseenil showed heart and tried everything to get around the size gap, ducking low and throwing wide, looping shots to try and catch Eagle as she came in but these were ineffective and rarely landed. By the fifth round though her resilience had been worn down and as Eagle put on the pressure the referee had seen enough and called an end to the bout. - It’s another win for Eagle who now moves to 12-4-1, T2T were unable to speak to Eagle after the fight so we can only speculate as to her plans for the future but there had been talk last year of her fighting on a Big Knockout Boxing (BKB) card in America. That move would represent a huge step-up in opposition for Eagle whose 4 defeats have come against opponents with a combined record of 14-6-0 and with America’s women’s division being a lot more established, Eagle will no doubt be facing her toughest test to date should she decide to fight across the pond. That being said, she will take with her a fantastic and committed fan-base and will, as always, be confident of overcoming any obstacle she faces.
It was a successful night for Eagle, as it was for the Bodypunch Gym who took four wins from their four fights. Billy Hussein’s gym now boast some of the best fighters in Australia such as Billy Dib, Billel Dib, Australian Champion Luke Jackson and with Hussein’s reputation growing as one of the top trainer’s in the country, it won’t be long before they have their next World Champion.
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(Left) Paul Fleming scores KO win