Three was the magic number for Brandon Ogilvie and Sam Hogan tonight as the two WA boxers completed impressive wins at Metro City in Northbridge.
Ogilvie picked up a first career title, the WA lightweight belt, with a third-round stoppage of Filipino Jerope Mercado, while Hogan also won in round three, his body punching proving too much for game Terry DeHaan whose corner threw in the towel.
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Ogilvie, now trained officially by Craig Christian after previously being under Peter "Fox" Wilkenson, was happy to force the pace and he asserted himself with a couple of nice body shots and a smart right hand at the end of the first.
There was decent power behind his punches, too, as Mercado, a late substitute, was forced to retreat.
Even so, it was a bit of a surprise when the end came, Ogilvie sending his man over by the ropes and Mercado staying down for the full count.
Japan-based Mercado, with 26 wins and three draws from 35 fights before this bout, suffered a cut over his left eye and signalled there had been a head clash. But it was to no avail as Ogilvie, supported by Brisbane light-heavyweight talent Damien Hooper, moved to 8-1.video via @brettbonetti
Earlier unbeaten Hogan was rewarded for his patience when his combination of body shots and upper cuts accounted for Victorian DeHaan.
Light-middleweight Hogan (7-0) almost came unstuck in his last fight when he opted to trade with Daniel Durham. This time he used his superior boxing skills, working openings and cashing in.
DeHaan was down for the first time in round two after a sweet body shot, and was possibly saved by the bell, but it looked a matter of time before Hogan would catch up with him again.
Initially DeHaan - also a late replacement - was afforded some respite after he was caught low. But another left to the body saw him tumble and though he bravely beat the count his corner wisely spared him further punishment.
While trainer Dave Hassan would have been delighted with Hogan's display, he saw another of his boxers go down as touted super-feather Shane Carroll, in only his second pro fight, lost to Perth-based Indonesian Hero Tito over four.
If ever there was a lesson in not judging a fight by the first round, this was it. Two-time national amateur champion Carroll looked fantastic in the opening three minutes, using his smart footwork and rapid hand speed to keep Tito at bay.
He edged the start of the second as well but once his opponent went to the body and began to slow him down, the fight changed and Tito deservedly took a unanimous points verdict 39-37 on two cards and, surprisingly, 40-36 on the third.
As well as Ogilvie's win, there were two other State title fights on the Dragon Fire card tonight.Video via @brettbonetti
At cruiserweight Ben Page responded to a huge spray from trainer Angelo Hyder at the end of round one to bludgeon Filipo Masoe to defeat in the second.
Page had been asked to ease his way into the contest but Hyder was furious at what he saw as a laid-back approach. He let Page know in no uncertain terms and his man delivered by sending the Kiwi crashing to the canvas twice, with the referee calling it off soon after the second knockdown.
And at light-heavyweight Vinnie Caruana, also trained by Hyder, had to dig deep to outpoint Steven Kennedy over eight.
Kennedy, an MMA exponent making his boxing debut, looked stiff as he struggled against Caruana's jab in the first half of the fight. But once he started to relax he took the fight to Caruana, who finished the eight-rounder marked up.
Caruana's early success tipped the balance, with the judges giving it to him 77-75, 78-74 and 79-73, but Kennedy showed promise.
Other fights saw heavyweight Pat Eneanya, a Harry's Gym stablemate of Tito and Ogilvie, produce some nasty-looking punches to stop Joel Clifton in two rounds; Darren Allison halt Kalolo Faatua in three; while in the opener Englishman Dalton Saunders outpointed debutant Dan Carter over four.