Almanac Boxing – Murray Thomson Promotion

Murray Thomson in the corner

Murray Thomson in the corner

Murray Thomson in the corner. Photos:DP

Professional boxing returned to the Doncaster Shoppingtown Hotel on Friday the 19th of February.

Close to 300 fight fans attended what is a unique and snug venue, for Murray Thomson’s 71stpromotion.

With proceedings overseen by the experienced Howard “Keep punching” Leigh, the evening was a mixture of amateur and professional fights and provided eastern suburbs fight fans with the boxing fix they were looking for.

Professional Fight Updates

Anthony Corless vs. Matthew Portelli             -Light Heavyweight.

In the first fight of the night, Anthony Corless from Lilydale, came up against the debuting Mathew Portelli, trained by Murray Thomson.

Both fighting at light heavyweight, Corless hit the canvas in the first minute of the round by the hard punching Portelli, and from that point it didn’t get any easier for him.

Strangely enough Corless had the better of the early exchanges but Portelli hit too hard and too often for the Nick Lundh trained fighter.

Portelli introduced a brutal barrage of lefts and rights knocking Corless out cold at the 2 minute mark of the first round.

It was a stunning pro debut from the 33 year old Portelli, who showed plenty of power in both hands – and if he can tighten up his defence, he has a big future with Murray Thomson.

Portelli and Thomson photo:DP

Portelli and Thomson. Photo:DP

Chase Haley vs. Marlon Toby                -Super Middleweight

The New Zealand born Haley, in only his third professional fight, was too crisp and hit too hard for the experienced  Marlon Toby, who came into the fight with a record of seven wins and 32 losses.

In the first round Toby showed a lot more boxing skill than his record suggested, winning the round with beautiful left rips to Haley’s body and a ‘catch me if you can’ strategy.

Round two saw more of the same but Haley started to land some telling punches that were full of venom, sapping the motivation from Toby, who took a knee at one point during the round.

Toby decided that his future in this fight didn’t look bright and he did not reappear for round three, disappointing the crowd who enjoyed his fast start.

Chase Haley, in only his third pro fight, certainly has a big future although it was clear the boxing experience of Marlon Toby frustrated him in the first round.

Areta Gilbert vs Korobo Etto     -Light heavyweight

In what was the best fight of the night, the first round set the tone, and with no time taken to size each other up, both fighters landed stinging punches.

The New Zealand-born Gilbert spent most of the fight stalking Etto, who boxed neatly and stayed out of harm’s way.

Gilbert, with a record of six fights and two wins, was clearly outboxed and outworked over the six rounds. His highlight came in the last round when he caught up with his fleet footed opponent and hurt him with multiple punches but it was too little too late. With Etto hurt, the bell rang to end the fight.

In a clear-cut unanimous decision, the slick moving Etto maintained his unbeaten record and looks likely to take a long hard look at the Australian rankings and plot his way to a title.

Areta Gilbert eyes a rematch

Areta Gilbert eyes a rematch. photo:DP

Brent Dames vs Lewis Goodrich          -Super Lightweight

In a fight that didn’t reach any great heights, the deliberate and skilled Brent Dames got his second win in the paid boxing ranks with an easy decision over Blackburn’s Lewis Goodrich.

As is his normal style, Goodrich came out firing on all cylinders but it was the fitness and patience of Dames that gradually wore Goodrich down.

Goodrich probably stole a couple of the early rounds by virtue of his high work rate along with opponent’s lack of energy, but as the fight wore on, Dames, a former kickboxer, was almost surgical with his jab and punch placement and the tide turned.

Whilst Dames was bigger and punched harder, for the last three rounds Goodrich seemed to lose his enthusiasm for the bout and he progressively circled the ring refusing to throw punches.

In rounds six, seven and eight, safe in the knowledge that Goodrich wasn’t into the fight, Dames held his hands low and ‘teed off’, looking for an early finish to the bout.

The early finish didn’t happen but Dames ended up with an easy win.

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