Hammer time as Hosking grabs second chance
Clint Hosking. Pic: Kalgoorlie Miner

Who knows how far Clint Hosking's non-stop work rate and impressive ring craft can take him but the unbeaten lightweight is determined to give it a good shake.

Hosking, enjoying a new lease of life after a two-year retirement, set himself up for some potentially big fights with a shut-out points victory over Indonesian Roy Tua Manihuruk at the WA Italian Club last night.

Hosking's 10th straight win gave him the regional World Boxing Council Eurasia Pacific title. More importantly, it lifted him into the organisation's top 15.

"Top 15 with the WBC, I'm lost for words," the Perth fighter said after all three judges had scored the fight 100-90 in his favour.

The Adam Wills-trained "Hammer" worked away at Manihuruk's body all night, having the Jakarta boxer wincing by the third round.

In the fourth Manihuruk bizarrely pounded his own chest, beckoning Hosking forward. Hosking accepted the invitation, and the outclassed Indonesian had more than his pride hurt when he copped two painful head shots.

Manihuruk was struggling as Hosking beavered away, and the visitor's temporary switch to southpaw only meant he missed with wild overhand lefts instead of wild overhand rights.

By the middle rounds Hosking had the fight in the bag, so long as he didn't get careless. Manihuruk was throwing shots from his boots, all woefully telegraphed, and for his troubles he received a left and right hook at the end of the sixth.

One thing Manihuruk (15-11-2) does have is durability - he's only been stopped five times in 28 fights. And with Hosking boasting just two early stoppages this was always likely to go the distance.

Hosking's patience and superb conditioning meant that was not a worry, and he had most of the packed west Perth venue on their feet as he closed out the fight in style.

While Hosking's boxing future looks promising, that's not the case for Robbie Bryant after his sixth-round stoppage loss to Dean Mikelj.

Bryant's third defeat in four - all to fighters from Brisbane's Fortitude Valley gym - was all the more agonising because of how well he had boxed in the preceding rounds.

Despite his reputation as a slugger, the Lynwood middleweight mixed up his aggression with some nifty footwork to probably take all of the first five rounds.

Mikelj was searching for answers but any fighter who boasts eight stoppages in 11 fights is always a danger. And that was the case here, as Mikelj landed a thumping right hand then followed it up with a left.

Out of nowhere Bryant was in trouble and as Mikelj pinned him in the corner, referee Gary Ingraham, possibly a touch prematurely, stepped in and called it off.

Bryant is down to appear on CDL Boxing's next Western Alliance show at the end of August. But it looks a hard road ahead now for the 35-year-old crowd pleaser.

Earlier, 47-year-old Ricardo Monteleone and Rob Powdrill fought to a near standstill at light-heavy before local Muay Thai specialist Powdrill got a deserved if narrow points decision.

Powdrill was down in the first and had a point deducted for a low blow in the eighth. Yet he still did just enough to merit the majority verdict, 96-93 on two cards and 94-94 on the third.

Former women's world champion Erin McGowan is building towards another shot at the title, although she won't have many easier nights than her second-round stoppage of overwhelmed Keanpetch Superchamps.

The Thai fighter had won only six of 15 bouts before last night, yet her modest record didn't stop her challenging for a super-featherweight world title last time out. But she looked at least one weight division - and many divisions in quality - below McGowan, who took her to pieces.

Welsh-born Jamie Weetch will be desperate to get back out as soon as possible after he blew away David Galvin inside a round.

Weetch, coming off a close points loss to Renato Oliviera in March, swarmed all over Galvin, who took Australian middleweight champion Dennis Hogan six rounds and went the distance with West Aussie Sam Hogan.

Weetch is keen for a rematch with both Oliviera and Sam Hogan, whom he lost to on points in his first outing in March last year, and he did his case no harm by flooring Galvin before the Alice Springs fighter was pulled out by his corner.

In the two other fights, unbeaten welterweight Albert Howell had a successful first fight back after shoulder surgery, stopping Talalelei Pauga in the fifth round of six.

And lightweight Jacob McBride gained his first pro win by outpointing Baikon Lokromklao over four.

The West Australian

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