The second Johnny Lewis Boxing Series event at The Star was highlighted by a breakout performance from skilful rookie Manyang Dut and a life-changing effort from new Australian Lightweight Champion Gaige Ireland.
Dut’s boxing journey is only just beginning, but in just his second professional bout he showed an array of punches few boxers produce in an entire career and stopped the brave but outgunned Rhyse Saliba. Dut is one of several exciting, young fighters of Sudanese heritage coming through the Australian ranks and could be a feature fighter on future Johnny Lewis Boxing Series cards.
Ireland was a massive underdog in his Australian Lightweight Title challenge against the classy Haithem Laamouz, but his motivation was enormous. It was a relentless performance from a fighter with his boxing future on the line and the emotional scenes at the announcement of his victory were heightened by the devastating recent fire at the gym of Ireland’s trainer Brian Butler.
Irishman Darragh Foley came in for heavy criticism from the event’s legendary namesake for his passive attitude in a dominant victory against Canadian Steven Wilcox. Johnny Lewis expressed his disappointment that Foley didn’t press the action when Wilcox was clearly hurt but even so his clear points victory positions the WBA-ranked super lightweight perfectly for a major international fight. Belarussian Kiryl Relikh currently holds the WBA Super Lightweight Title.
WBA Unification Fight // Steven Wilcox vs Darragh Foley // Bondi Boxing Club/MTK Sydney //
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