Thursday, April 26, 2012

Williams, Berridge Victorious at Battle at the Box

Fight fans packed out Auckland city’s The Corporate Box to watch the ‘Battle at the Box’ on Friday night. Featuring top ranked New Zealand Light Heavyweight Robbie Berridge and headlined by ex-NRL enforcer Jason Williams taking on former NZNBF heavyweight title holder Amosa Zinck, the Craig Thomson promoted card also provided nine corporate undercard bouts.
Williams used his size and strength to notch his fourth win in a row against Zinck over four rounds. The bout started with a feeling-out process, before a giant right hook snapped Zinck’s head back.  Williams continued to apply pressure as he was able to back Zinck against the ropes and unload with hooks to the body and head. With his face bloodied in the second round, Zinck took a lot of punishment on the ropes before fighting his way out. Zinck has his best round of the fight during the third, where he was able to back Williams off with a couple of hard shots. However, Williams' constant pressure and strength meant he was continually on the back foot. Already bloodied, beaten and now worn down, Zinck was knocked down in the final stanza by a Williams hook and, although he was able to make it to the final bell, the result was never in doubt.
Top ranked New Zealand Light Heavyweight Robbie Berridge only needed a round to dispatch former foe Peter Tovio. As is his style, Tovio began the bout swinging for the fences, while Berridge kept on the end of his jab. Berridge boxed nicely, creating openings for his big left hand and landing sharp, straight punches. A straight left hand nearly put Tovio into next week and, although he was able to remain standing, he was clearly very hurt. The follow-up pressure dropped Tovio hard. He was able to make it to his feet, yet still seemed unsteady and his corner threw in the towel to protect their fighter.
In the undercard action, Bonnie Porter used her high volume approach to win a tight split decision over Jo Ramirez in the women’s Junior Featherweight bout. Normally a brilliant counter puncher, Ramirez was barely given room to move (or breath) as Porter’s superior conditioning and size allowed her to press the action. Ramirez had success with counter left hands throughout the bout, landing the cleaner, more significant punches, but Porter was a virtual human windmill who started to get the better of the exchanges in the second round as Ramirez tired.

Shane Robertson beat Ronnie Newland by technical knockout in the second round
Junior Tupuni beat Patelo Lafaele by unanimous decision
Women’s Light Heavyweight
Natalie Teller beat Becky Wood by split decision
Super Middleweight
Ben Nelson beat Rocky Deepak by technical knockout in the first round due to injury
Women’s Light Featherweight
Bonnie Porter beat Jo Ramirez by split decision
Jono Bancroft beat Nick Coyle by unanimous decision
Sami Inu beat Tomi Kingi by split decision
The bout between Nick Gains and Daniel Temple was ruled a split draw
Super Middleweight
Troi Norman beat Neil Share by knockout in the second round
Light Heavyweight
Robbie Berridge beat Peter Tovio by knockout in the first round
Jason Williams beat Amosa Zinck by unanimous decisionNZFighters article found here

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