Cameron Hammond lands a punch on Frank Rojas.
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Chua derails Mackenzie’s complete globe title ambitions

THE daylight knowledgeable just prolonged long gone down earlier mentioned Suncorp Stadium when it dawned on one particular specific of Jeff Horn’s wonderful rivals, Kye MacKenzie, that he was in for the wrestle of his every day lifestyle.

The Tamworth tornado knowledgeable extended recovered from four losses to Horn in the amateurs to change out to be the No.two contender for the complete globe light-weight-excess weight title.

But “Frenzy’’ MacKenzie wasn’t banking on the strength and determination of unheralded Francis Chua who arrived in Brisbane from Perth with some heavyweight support in the ominous situation of his cornerman, Australia’s hulking preceding complete globe heavyweight champ Lucas “Big Daddy’’ Browne.

Chua received a split up variety on the Horn-Mundine undercard, derailing MacKenzie’s fast ambitions for a complete globe title shot.

Francis Chua lands a punch on Kye Mackenzie.

Francis Chua lands a punch on Kye Mackenzie.Source:AAP

Though that was heading on, Mundine and Horn similarly re-weighed as part of their contractual obligations to similarly be beneath 75kg, a doing work working day quickly following they knowledgeable get there in beneath 71kg at their first weigh-in. Every created it very easily at the 2nd demo with Horn at 74.25kg and Mundine at 74.a few.

Mundine was frequented in his spot by some other significant hitters these kinds of as the Melbourne underbelly figure out Mick Gatto and his sizeable entourage.

He educated his workers that he was in a hazardous mood as he warmed up with shadow sparring in his dressing-spot.

The River City Rumble was a night when the undercard fights finished up as unpredictable as the balmy local climate.

Mundine’s supervisor, Emaid Dib, quipped “Bad begin for the Horn family’’ quickly following Jeff Horn’s younger brother, Ben Horn, was sensationally stopped in his 68kg expert debut by youthful Townsville fighter Lachlan O’Shea.

Cameron Hammond lands a punch on Frank Rojas.

Cameron Hammond lands a punch on Frank Rojas.Source:AAP

The night started a lot much better for the Dib house with Emaid’s youthful brother Youssef Dib heading to 10- in his expert job with a four-spherical variety earlier mentioned Brisbane’s Mark Ramirez.

But one more Dib brother, Billy Dib, is the preceding complete globe featherweight winner and he was ringside doing radio commentary.

Also on the card, Ipswich cruiserweight Kurtis Pegoraro scored an upset earlier mentioned Mundine’s extended-time sparring companion David Aloua, who knowledgeable when been in close proximity to to a complete globe title shot.

Help was returned to normal though when Horn’s 2012 Olympic teammate Cameron Hammond received a 10-spherical variety earlier mentioned Venezuela’s Frank Rojas.

Hammond, whose velocity reminds fanatics of a youthful Anthony Mundine, was way also slick and sharp, handing Rojas his 2nd reduction in 25 fights.

Moree-born Hammond now has 18 wins in 19 fights.

 

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