By Ray Wheatley — World of
Former world IBF lightweight champion Philip “No Deal” Holiday (39-7-1, 22 KOs) captured the vacant Australian jr middleweight championship with a hard fought ten round split decision over Jason Kanofski (13-4-3, 2 KOs) at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Thursday. Scores: Alan Burford 97-93 (Holiday), Tony Kettlewell 96-95 (Holiday) and Alan Moore 98-97 (Kanofski). This was the second comeback bout for Holiday who was stopped in eleven rounds by Samuel Colomban in March.
Holiday held the world title from 1995 to 1997 and made six defenses including a second round stoppage of Australian great Jeff Fenech. He lost to the title to future Hall of Famer Shane Mosley in a closely contested bout. The 40-year-old Holiday was born in Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa but has been based in Brisbane, Australia for several years.
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Australian light heavyweight champion Shane McConville (6-0-4, 1 KO) outscored by majority decision Philip Maley (4-1-1, 3 KOs) over ten rounds. Scores 98-92, 96-94, 95-95. McConville was cut by a punch in round seven and Maley cut due to accidental head clash in round ten.
Lightweight Brett William Smith (7-4-1, 5 KOs) stopped Gavin Locock (6-5-1, 1 KO) when he was forced to retire at the conclusion of round three.
Middleweight Ben McCulloch (5-0, 3 KOs) won a six round split decision over Omer Shaick (6-1, 5 KOs). Shaick was cut by a punch in round three and dropped in round four. Scores 58-55 (Shaick) 57-55 (McCullouch) and 57-56 (McCullouch).
Jr lightweight Corey McConnell (5-0-1) scored a shutout over Jerry Spadis (2-11-2) over six rounds. 60-52, 60-53, 60-53. Spandis deducted a point in round four for infringements.
Welterweight Steve Wijangco (3-5-2, 2 KOs) outscored Jacob Mahony (0-1-1) over four rounds.
Promoter Angelo Di Carlo.