September 15, 2007
By Ray Wheatley --
World of Boxing
middleweight challenger Shannan Taylor (46-6-2, 31 KOs) captured the WBF
160 pound title when he defeated Sonni Michael Angelo (14-6-0, 5 KOs) by
disqualification in round one at the Cronulla Leagues club, Cronulla,
NSW, Australia on Friday.
Anderson ruled that a severe four-inch cut on the head of Taylor was
caused by intentional head butt at 1:54 of round one.
Taylor holds KO
wins over former world WBA lightweight champion Livingstone Bramble and
IBF jr welterweight champion Jake Rodriguez. He challenged WBC
welterweight champion Shane Mosley in 2001 and IBF middleweight champion
Arthur Abraham in 2006.
Michael Angelo has been based in Australia for several years. He is
trained by former two-time IBF jnr featherweight challenger Arnel
Barotillo who boxed several world class boxers including Manny Pacquaio.
(8-0) outpointed George Laviditis (5-2-2) over ten rounds to become the
Australian middleweight champion. Taipeau dominated his taller opponent
as he consistently connected with accurate combinations to the head and
body. Referee Brian McMahon inspected Laviditis' cut eye in round eight
but ruled it OK to continue. Talipeau is trained by Al Sykes. Scores
Trevor Christian 98-92, Will Soulos 98-92 and Anthony Shipley 100-90.
welterweight champion Eddie Delic (13-7-2) dropped Edgard Wymara
(13-7-2) in round one and went onto to be awarded a ten round decision
over the aboriginal to capture the WBF Asia Pacific jnr middleweight
crown. Referee Anthony Shipley deducted a point from Wymara for punching
off the break in round eight. Wymara was having his first bout in 28
months. Brian Willmont and Paul Isgro were in his corner.
heavyweight Les Mason (3-1) suffered a six round split points decision
loss at the hands of Michael Kirby (2-0-1). Mason is the younger brother
of top Canterbury rugby league footballer Willie.
featherweight Benny Warburton (4-0-1) seemed unlucky to share a six
round decision with Ernie Gonzalez jnr (0-1-1). Warburton is trained by
1980 Australian welterweight contender Billy Harrison. Gonzalez is
trained by former Australian flyweight and bantamweight champion Todd
Makelin who also clashed with Manny Pacquaio in 1999.
Treacy. Ringside commentators Jeff Fenech and Andy Raymond. Televised
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