By Paul Upham in Gosford: The Nitro Fight Night promotion at the
Central Coast Leagues Club in NSW ended in controversy on Friday
night when a wild brawl erupted inside and outside the ring after
Ahmed Elomar had scored a devastating 1st round knockout win over
highly touted prospect Willie Kickett.
The previously unbeaten Kickett had exploded at the opening bell,
hurting Elomar with a series of fast straight right hands. 25
year-old Elomar 15-1-2 (8) gritted his teeth in weathering the
blows, but appeared hurt and wobbly on his legs. Just as Kickett
moved in for what could have been his own knockout win, Elomar
launched the punch of his career, a perfect overhand right which
landed on Kickett’s chin and knocked him out cold before he even
hit the canvas.
21 year-old Kickett 13-1 (5) was so badly hurt he could barely
lift his head, as referee Brad Griffiths waved off the fight.
The real problems then began as twenty-five to thirty of Elomar’s
supporters stormed the ring in celebration. Initial jubilation
then descended into ugly scenes as the Elomar fans taunted the
large entourage supporting Kickett. All the while, the stricken
boxer was being tended to on the canvas by the commission doctor
and his trainer Craig Christian. Elomar’s trainers Billy Hussein
and Tommy Mercuri attempted to clear an area around Kickett, who
was still laying flat on his back, dazed and confused.
Verbal taunts between the two supporter groups then exploded into
physical punches, as a number of scuffles broke out at ringside.
Cans and bottles then began to rain into the ring as innocent
bystanders scurried for cover. Chairs were also thrown, as a
number of local boxing identities and officials attempted to calm
Fox Sports, which was televising the card live around Australia,
cut short their telecast as the confrontations got out of control.
The mindless actions were comparable to the infamous Riddick Bowe-Andrew
Golota riots at Madison Square Garden in New York, just on a
Minutes later with the situation still out of control, lead Fox
Sports commentator Andy Raymond headed into the ring amongst the
mayhem, took the ring microphone and attempted to calm the melee.
“There are women and children present, think about what you are
doing,” Raymond pleaded. “Everything is being filmed and the
police are on their way.” Suddenly, order was restored. Raymond’s
actions were critical in ending the violence.
As bad as it was, it could have been much worse. Recognition and
praise must be given to those who helped end the riot, which
thankfully, resulted in only some cuts and bruises and no serious
people bravely attempted to quell the fighting, getting themselves
between the warring parties. Some observed included promoter Angelo
Hyder and his assistants Pat Kennedy and Marc Bargero. John
McDougall, Craig Waller and Dr John O’Neil from the NSW Boxing
Authority. Referee Brad Griffiths. Boxers Hussein Hussein, Billy
Dib, Adam Wills and Steven Wills. Ring announcer Rick Powell.
Kickett’s trainer Craig Christian. The entire Fox Sports television
crew also assisted and performed their duties under adverse
There were animated discussions amongst officials and fans after the
chaos had ended, many suggesting that Elomar should be stripped of
his knockout win and the bout declared a no-contest.
Craig Waller from the NSW Boxing Authority confirmed however that
Elomar’s knockout win would stand.
“We will be reviewing the video tapes of the incidents,” Waller
told SecondsOut, “and any boxer or person licensed by the NSW Boxing
Authority found to be acting inappropriately could be facing lengthy
What should have been a great night of boxing will only be
remembered now for all the wrong reasons. Elomar should have been
celebrating his best career win, instead, he will be asked to
explain the actions of his supporters. Some members of Kickett’s
supporter group should also be explaining their actions
Lost in all of this is the future of Kickett, whose management
team had been negotiating a world title fight for him early in 2009.
Celebrated very early in his career as a genuine world championship
prospect, he will now have to come to terms with suffering one of
the most brutal Australian knockout losses seen in many years.
Date November 7
Location Gosford, NSW, Australia
Ahmed Elomar w.ko.1 William Kickett
Steven Wills w.tko.4 Moses Seran
Jamie Pittman w.tko.2 Eduardo Rojas
John Cotterill Jr w.ud.6 Ruben Kennedy
Jackson Asiku w.ud.6 Rey Olarte
Lucas Mason w.ud.4 Shane Moore