Yannick Outclasses Kwadjo for Interim PABA Super Middleweight Title
By Anthony Cocks at ringside (Oct 7, 2010) Doghouse Boxing (All Photos © Werner Kalin)  
In a twelve round war, Serge Yannick 10-1 (6) won the interim PABA super middleweight title against rugged Fijian-based Ghanan Joseph Kwadjo 20-4 (15) by unanimous decision at the Coburg Town Hall in Melbourne, Australia on Friday night.

After a close opening round, both boxers stepped inside the phone booth and remained their for the duration of the fight as they took turns dishing out punishment with no quarter given. Cameroon-born Yannick, who stayed in Australia after competing in the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, displayed more variety in his attack with sharp hooks, crisp uppercuts and accurate left rips, but Kwadjo’s tenacity and forward-marching attack kept him in the fight until the final bell.

Late in the third a big right hand from Kwadjo landed flush, but the teak-tough Yannick merely shook it off and rallied to finish the round strongly with a series of punishing hook and right hands.

By the middle rounds it looked like Yannick’s body shots were paying dividends as Kwadjo appeared to be slowing down, but in sixth and seventh rounds Kwadjo found his second wind as he willed himself into the contest with his relentless pressure and clubbing right hands. Yannick took the assault well, countering effectively off the ropes with short shots on the inside.

In Yannick’s first bout over the championship distance, it was the eleven fight novice who finished stronger, withstanding Kwadjo’s early charges and closing out the rounds in emphatic fashion.

At the conclusion of the bout all three judges scored in favour of Yannick 117-111, 119-110 and 116-112.

Full credit must go to trainer and promoter Charlie Liparota who has kept Yannick on a busy schedule with six fights so far in 2010. Kwadjo, coming off the biggest win of his career with a 7th round knockout of former world title challenger Jamie Pittman in April after trailing 60-54 on all cards, represented a big step up in class for Yannick, who passed the test with flying colours.

The full PABA super middleweight title is held by Queenslander Les Sherrington, who is scheduled to face hard-nosed veteran Nader Hamdan in December. A bout between the winner and Yannick would be a welcome addition to any fight card.

In the main support bout bantamweight Suzie “Q” Ramadan 17-0 (7) took care of business against late replacement Satreelek Paradorngym 1-3 (1), stopping the overmatched Thai fighter 0:58 seconds into the second round with a perfectly placed right hand to the temple. The gulf in class was evident early, as Ramadan controlled the pace with jabs and feints. This is the second win over Paradorngym for Ramadan, who was also victorious by fourth round TKO in her fifth professional fight in August 2008.

In a battle for the vacant Victorian super middleweight title Paul Bourke 2-4-1 was valiant in defeat against a hard-charging Evan Themelakis 4-0 (2), going down by fifth round TKO. Themelakis, who appeared quite a few pounds over his ideal fighting weight, charged at Bourke from the opening bell but the Berwick-based fighter was able to stave off his opponent with a stiff jab and well timed right hands. The tide turned late in the third round, with a left hook dropping Bourke heavily in centre ring just before the bell. After an even fourth round, Themelakis’s heavy hands came back into play in the fifth when a clipping right hand produced a delayed reaction in Bourke, who took a knee and failed to beat referee Ignatius Missailidis’s count. Official time of the stoppage was 1:42. Bourke announced his retirement in the change rooms after the fight.

In the other female bout on the card Diana Prazak 3-1 (2) scored a fourth round TKO over game but out-gunned Sarah Gordon, a late replacement for Eileen Forrest, who was on debut. Despite giving away seven pounds in weight to lightweight Prazak, the Australian and Queensland Muay Thai champion showed plenty of heart to withstand Prazak’s withering attack. Gordon was credited with a knockdown in the third for what appeared to be a slip but Prazak came storming back to drop Gordon twice in the fourth, prompting referee Ignatius Missailidis to call a halt to the contest at 1:53. At the time of the stoppage Prazak was ahead on two cards 29-27 and 28-27, while the third judge had it even at 28-28.

In the opening bout at lightweight, debutant Ashley Caminiti won a fast-paced four rounder by against Jerry Spanidis 2-12-2 by unanimous decision. Spanidis was deducted a point in the third for continually pushing his opponent’s head down, but this did not affect the result with Caminiti running away a clear winner by scores of 38-37, 39-37 and 39-36.

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