Australian strongman and UFC prospect Alex Simon has been sensationally disqualified in his professional boxing debut, while a beer-sculling star steals the show. See every result here.
Australian strongman Alex Simon has furiously denied suggestions he hit a felled opponent after his hyped heavyweight debut ended in a controversial disqualification.
Early in the second round, the 135kg Simon clinched with rival Tavita Vaoga and, as the pair wrestled, it was the latter who went tumbling to the canvas.
Within moments, referee Les Fear waved off the fight and then indicated towards Main Event commentators Ben Damon and Jeff Fenech that the Australia’s Strongest Man winner had tripped his rival and whacked him on the ground.
Yet speaking with The Daily Telegraph backstage, Simon suggested that, as the pair were in a clinch, he had simply tried to stabilise himself as he was falling backwards.
So as for the punch on the ground allegation?
“Didn’t happen,” he fired. “Watch the replay. At worst, I should’ve had a point taken off. That’s it.”
Grabbed later for a comment Vaoga also said the former powerlifter, who is now chasing a UFC contract, had not struck him when he was on the ground, but had tripped him.
“No, he didn’t hit me on the ground,” said the Central Coast fighter, whose corner included UFC fighter Jamie Mullarkey and retired UFC favourite Ross Pearson.
Asked about fighting the strongman, he added: “I wanted the fight because he’s my idol.
“He’s been the biggest strongest guy in the country. That’s why I wanted him.”
And as for what’s next?
“Give me Sonny Bill Williams,” he grinned.
Beer skulling star steals the show
Australian super bantamweight Sam Goodman sculled a beer while perched on the shoulders of his mates, singing Sweet Caroline, to confirm himself the fresh new face of Australian boxing.
Already undefeated in nine fights, Goodman claimed the WBO Oriental super bantamweight title with a convincing sixth round stoppage of Filipino Richie Mepranum (36-8-1)
Buoyed by a personal cheer squad of roughly 200, Goodman stopped his rival in the sixth with a big body, then head – with Mepranum going down and showing no interest in getting up.
Cue madness in the bleachers.
“They come out every time,” Goodman said afterwards, pointing to the mob as they cheered his name. “They’re f…ing rad.”
So too Goodman, who would soon be celebrating, belt strapped about his weight, among the mob.
Despite facing a rival who threw what he described as “awkward s…”, the Albion Park native quickly “found my range, found my rhythm”.
“I knew I’d break him,” he added. “And that’s what happened.”
Despite being based out of Albion Park, Goodman is currently working under the tutelage of respected fight trainer Joel Keegan, whose Complete Boxing gym is based at West Gosford – a tick over 200km away.
Prior to the fight, Goodman told us he expects to go top 15 with the win, and plans to have himself into a world title fight within two years.
“That’s the plan — winning multiple world titles in multiple divisions,” he said.
“But it’s a process.
“You only have to look at how long it’s taken guys like Tim Tszyu and the Moloney boys. So I just need to do my due diligence and take the right fights.”
Hodgo survives Ross Dog rocking
Okay, so he hasn’t won over Sydney just yet.
But Queensland Public Enemy No.1 Justin Hodges has done enough.
Two years after being knocked cold by Darcy Lussick, the former Queensland Origin centre has fought his way to a gutsy points win over Newcastle cult figure Nathan Ross.
One judge scored the fight a draw, with two more going the way of Hodges 39-38 and 39-37.
Afterwards, Hodges admitted that he was rocked early by a Ross uppercut.
“He got me early,” Hodgo admitted. “I was sh…ing myself. I don’t have the strongest chin after Darcy knocked me out.”
Back in 2019, the retired NRL star was kayoed in just 39 seconds by Darcy Lussick.
But the Maroons FOG rallied over the latter three rounds, albeit with a backhand in the fouth that prompted that Ross Dog to shout “backhand, f… me” towards the referee.
Early controversy rocks NRL Fight Night
Australian amateur star Ella Boot has earned a controversial win in the first fight of her professional career, with the rival corner blowing up over the unanimous decision win.
Fighting first up on the Xmas Footy Fight Night, the 21-year-old trained by the legendary Johnny Lewis won a unanimous decision against Gunnedah rival Enja Prest.
While all three judges scored the bout 40-36, Prest’s corner were furious with the result and were seen making their frustrations known to members of No Limit Boxing promotions.
Stay tuned for every result and video highlights from the card.
FULL FIGHT CARD
– Paul Gallen vs Darcy Lussick (Heavyweight) (3x 2-minute rounds)
– Harry Garside (Pro Debut) vs Sachin Mudaliar (Lightweight) (6x 3-minute rounds)
– Joey Leilua vs Chris Heighington (3x 2-minute rounds)
– Freddy Lussick vs Taylan May
– Sam Goodman vs Richie Mepranum RESULT: Goodman def Mepranum by TKO
– Justin Hodges vs Nathan Ross (Heavyweight) (3x 2-minute rounds) RESULT: Hodges def Ross by majority decision
– Godly Strong vs Tavita Vaogo RESULT: Alex Simon (God) disqualified
– Enja Prest vs Ella Boot RESULT: Boot def. Prest by UD
– Linn Sandstrom vs Natalie Hills RESULT: Hills def. Sandstrom by UD
– Katie McLaren vs Malakay Moukayber RESULT: majority draw. Two judges scored the fight 38-38, while one judge had it 39-37 in favour of Moukayber.
BEAST PLANS TO TAKE GAL’S CASH
Australian strongman Alex Simon has revealed his hyped professional boxing debut has only arrived this Wednesday night after shedding a whopping 45kg — or roughly the equivalent of super bantamweight Sam Goodman.
Already on the radar of UFC executives, 135kg Simon is the early favourite to steal the show at Wednesday‘s Christmas Footy Fight Night Card where a $20,000 bonus is being offered for the best knockout.
While he tipped the scales at 136.7kg on Tuesday, the former powerlifter was still weighing 181kg as recently as January thanks to an extended injury lay-off.
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In the past two years, the fighter who was Australia’s Strongest Man in 2017 — and the third strongest anywhere on earth — seriously tore both bicep muscles.
Elsewhere, the 29-year-old has also struggled to get fights in his preferred sport of Mixed Martial Arts thanks to both the Covid pandemic and the small matter of having had all his five wins in either the cage or kickboxing occur in less than 31 seconds.
As a result of his inactivity, Simon ballooned back to the same weight he carried to win that strongman title with a 435kg squat, 400kg dead lift and 260kg bench press.
“But it’s all come off pretty easily,” he said.
“During Covid there were no fights so I was lifting weights in the garage. I was benching 280kg in January.
“But once I got back to full MMA training, explosive cardio I was fine. I also completely changed my diet from eating all the dirty calories I could to eating clean.
“No sugar, no chocolate, nothing bad.”
As a result, Simon dropped close enough to the weight of rising Aussie super bantamweight Goodman, who hit the scales on Tuesday at 55kg.
Asked about his chances of winning the $20K bounty, Simon shrugged: “I‘m a powerhouse, everyone knows that”.
No matter how his heavyweight debut goes however, Simon said he will be looking to get straight back into MMA, and a UFC tilt, early in 2022.
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