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Australian Boxing Back Off The Canvas

Glax0r's Photo Glax0r 07 Dec 2014

Australian boxing back off the canvas
  • December 08, 2014 12:00AM

A string of strong recent performances has Australian boxing looking distinctly chipper heading into Christmas after a disastrous mid-year run of losses.

Former featherweight world champion Billy Dib and world-ranked Australian welterweight Jeff Horn — probably the hottest Australian prospect of the past two decades — both won on Saturday night. Their convincing stoppage wins over Brazilian opponents continued an encouraging end to a year which loomed as Australian boxing’s annus horribilis.

The local industry looked down for the count when Australians lost five big fights, four of them world titles, in as many weeks in the US in July and August.

Then Australia’s only universally recognised world champion, Sam Soliman, lost his IBF middleweight world title to American veteran Jermain Taylor and former heavyweight world title contender Alex Leapai lost to Malik Scott in Brisbane. However, the last two months of the year have seen a welcome upswing in the fortunes of local fighters.