MANSFIELD TAVERN MADNESS
By Joseph Barclay on Sep 12 2017
On Saturday night, Brisbane boxing fans were treated to a night of elite domestic competition that highlighted the talent and passion for the sport this country has. Hosted by Angelo Di Carlo of Ace Boxing Promotions at the Mansfield Tavern, everything from rising stars to current champions were on display in what was a top-class event.
T2TBoxing had Joseph Barclay watching the action at ringside and below he gives his breakdown on each event/
Wayde Goltz vs. Dillon Bargero – Welterweight division
The night started with a welterweight clash that I considered fight of the night.
Bargero, who has never been in a dull fight, pushed the pace early on, looking to overwhelm Goltz with constant pressure. However once Goltz adjusted to Bargero’s bully-like game plan, he began to control the exchanges through an accurate jab and effective counter-punching.
That didn’t dishearten Bargero, as he continued to come forward and throw punches with real venom, leaving himself vulnerable defensively which Goltz took full advantage of, knocking him down in the third round with a beautiful right hand.
Bargero was able to regather his bearings in time for the fourth and final round and, sensing he was down on the scorecards, Bargero made a concerted effort to attack the body which preceded a thunderous right hand to the head that dropped Goltz to the canvas. Afte Goltz was back on his feet, Bargero continued his assault with Goltz helpless on the ropes as the referee stepped in to call an end to the bout. An impressive win for Bargero who, after losing his first 2 professional fights, is now 2-2 and will look to improve upon that next month in Newcastle.
Winner – Dillon Bargero – 4th round TKO
Tysinn Best vs. Blake Travers – Middleweight division
A hotly contested six-round contest. The first two rounds were dictated by a piercing jab and an exceptional body attack, with Travers using his considerable height advantage to control proceedings from distance.
Best’s attempts to swarm Travers and force the fight onto the inside were not effective early on, but Best had a plan in place and he was going to stick to it. As Travers began to tire from round three onward, Best’s inside work began to break Travers down, only allowing him to land the occasional straight left, with Best landing the more meaningful shots, headlined by a devastating uppercut. In a tight, hard-fought bout, Best came away with a deserved split-decision victory.
Winner – Tysinn Best – Split-Decision (58-57, 56-58, 58-56)
Jacob “The Flamingo” NG vs. Salvatore Signorino – Lightweight division
The third fight of the evening was a very one sided affair. Ng, who has also competed in Muay Thai professionally, established his dominance from the start, landing combinations at will. Signoringo tried to fight fire with fire, winding up big left hands that occasionally landed, however they were erratic and too few and far between.
Ng’s piston-like jab and impressive punch variations reiterated how much potential this up-and-coming prospect has. Although it was somewhat of a mismatch in terms of skill, Signorino’s toughness could not be questioned and he withstood everything that Ng threw at him.
In the final round, Ng and Signorino had time for a little showmanship, with both fighters smiling and exchanging words throughout the round. In what was an enjoyable fight for the spectators, Ng was awarded a unanimous decision victory.
Winner – Jacob “The Flamingo” Ng – Unanimous Decision (40-36, 40-36, 40-36)
Quintin Carey vs. Brad Traynor – Cruiserweight division
In the first of two cruiserweight clashes for the event, both fighters came out the blocks with caution, using the first round to feel each other out and ease themselves into the fight.
From the second round onwards however, the fight had its fair share of action, with Carey and Traynor willing to stand toe to toe in the centre of the ring, culminating in some exciting exchanges.
Carey was able to land an overhand right in the fourth round that briefly wobbled Traynor. But, to Traynor’s credit, he continued to engage with Carey and did have some success. However, the difference throughout the fight was Carey’s active jab and superior work ethic, easily taking the rounds en route to a unanimous decision victory.
Winner – Quintin Carey – Unanimous Decision (49-47, 50-45, 49-46)
Australian Super-Featherweight Title - James Katz vs. Brent Rice
The first title fight of the evening was also a rematch, with Toowoomba’s Brent Rice defending his Australian Super-Featherweight title against James Katz. The pair had previously faced off back in 2015, which resulted in a majority decision win for Rice and Katz was out for revenge.
The fight began with Katz trying to pile the pressure on Rice, however Rice’s superior footwork and defence stifled Katz’s aggression and did not allow him cut off the ring effectively.
Rice’s ability to fight off the back foot was evident from the outset, avoiding most of Katz’s shots in every round, all while countering with damaging combinations, in particular a very effective 1-2 that kept Katz honest throughout the entirety of the fight.
Because of Katz’s will and excellent conditioning, he was able to come forward for most of the fight although it appeared as though that game-plan played into Rice’s hands with the defending champion having an answer for every one of Katz’s advances. A dominant win for Rice that should put this rivalry to bed.
Winner – Brent Rice – Unanimous Decision (99-91, 100-90, 100-90)
Australian Super-Welterweight Title – Adrian “El Lobo” Rodriguez vs. Samuel Colomban
In one of the most interesting match-ups of the night, seasoned veteran Sam Colomban faced talented prospect Adrian “El Lobo” Rodriguez for the Australian middleweight title in what was an action packed fight from the opening bell.
Early on it was apparent that Colomban was going to make his presence felt as he stalked Rodriguez around the ring, ensuring he had a high punch output in each round and kept the younger Rodriguez working even harder.
Despite often being on the back foot, Rodriguez had some success counter-punching as Colomban advanced, displaying the power he possesses in both hands. However, Colomban’s wealth of experience and ring IQ was evident as he threw a number of different looks at Rodriguez that seemed to puzzle the relatively inexperienced Brisbane-based fighter at times.
Colomban threw punches in bunches, often leaning on a precise left lead hook that seemed to connect at will. In every round, Rodriguez showed his undeniable talent and enormous heart as he would rally back and make it a competitive round just as it appeared Colomban was gaining the ascendency. However, Colomban’s aggressive approach and punch output resulted in a favourable scorecard and a unanimous decision win for Samuel Colomban.
All in all, a great fight between two hungry fighters at vastly different points in their careers.
Winner – Samuel Colomban – Unanimous Decision (99-91, 99-91, 96-94)
IBO Oceania Cruiserweight Title – Aaron Russell vs. Lance Bryant
In the main event of the evening, hometown favourite Aaron Russell took on New Zealand’s Lance Bryant for the vacant IBO Oceania Cruiserweight title. After the national anthems had been sung and the fighters had met in the centre of the ring, it was time for the title fight to take place in front of a very raucous crowd.
The first round was relatively uneventful, with a winner hard to determine as Russell established a nice active jab and Bryant responding by landing the strongest and most eye-catching combination of the round.
As soon as the second round got underway, Bryant pushed the pace and began to land devastating blows, both to the head and the body. In a furious exchange against the ropes, Bryant was able to land a heavy right hand that dropped Russell; however, Bryant was then deducted a point for an illegal punch, effectively cancelling out the knockdown.
As Russell returned to his feet, Bryant continued to attack, eventually landing another right hand and dropping Russell again. Appearing dazed, Russell appealed to his corner that he was fine, and climbed back to his feet at 8 seconds of the mandatory 10 second count. Despite time ticking down in the second round, a stoppage seemed inevitable and Bryant continued to attack as he smelt blood in the water. After some further punishment without reply, the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
Bryant won via 2nd round TKO and is the new IBO Oceania Cruiserweight champion.
Winner – Lance Bryant – 2nd round TKO