GEORGE RETAINS COMMONWEALTH TITLE AFTER BRUTAL CUTS FORCES STOPPAGE FROM BRUBAKER
By Tommy Watt Oct 23 2017
A highly entertaining fight between current Commonwealth Welterweight Title holder, Kris George, and Sydney's Jack Brubaker was brought to an unfortunately premature end when a gruesome cut on Brubaker's left eye caused the bout the bout to be stopped and for George to be declared the winner via TKO.
By the time of the stoppage, the judges were leaning to Brubaker, making the loss all the more difficult to take. Although George believed he was growing into the fight - having seen Brubaker walk through some incredibly hard shots that would have floored many other fighters – he had already settled in for a tough, twelve round war and was executing a game-plan accordingly when the referee stepped in to call an end to proceedings.
‘Gelignite’ Brubaker had made a strong start to the fight and was certainly the aggressor, ploughing forward with dangerous, rangy shots as George looked to box and move off the back foot and catch the South-Sydney resident on his way in. The pair traded hard and often as the rounds progressed with Brubaker edging in terms of volume and George landing what seemed to be the cleaner, more powerful punches. The feeling inside The Star Casino Entertainment Centre was that the home-town favourite in Brubaker was taking control of the fight but in the sixth round that all changed.
Credit to Warren Suen Photography for both images (above)
As Brubaker waded in, he stepped straight into an overhand right from George that would have sent the vast majority of fighters to the canvas, somehow Brubaker looked totally unfazed and clear-eyed but the impact of the punch had left a brutal cut under his left eye and it was this cut that would eventually lead to the end of the bout. Brubaker tried to fight on, dabbing the hanging flap of skin above his eye as he tried to put his own mark on the round. However, as soon as the referee saw the extent of the injury, the doctor was called over and the fight was called to a premature end. With Brubaker’s eye and George suffering a potential broken hand, it was six rounds neither man will forget in a hurry and thoughts now turn to whether or not we are likely to see a rematch.
Speaking with both men after the fight it is clear there will be some tough negotiations ahead, George for his part feels he has proven his point and is now focusing on using that Commonwealth belt as a key to unlocking bigger fights, perhaps in the UK. Whereas Brubaker firmly believes he would have been victorious should the cut not have happened and would certainly welcome an opportunity to fix that blemish on his record. Both my interviews with George and Brubaker below: