The clash between Alderton and Clark was held as the main-event on a stacked Team Ellis card full of Victorian talent- including the likes of Cameron Eyes, Andrew Wallace, Ben Capps, Mark Smith and Korobo Etto.
From the opening bell, fans were on the edge of their seats; with the general feeling that any punch landed by either fighter could be the last of the fight; with both boys having tremendous KO power. With the early exchanges favouring the Geelong local Alderton, he was able to take control of the first couple of rounds, surprising Clark with his effective jab and being able to catch Clark coming in. With Clark trying to load up too much on his punches, in the 3rd round he started to let his hands go; catching Alderton with a flurry of shots on several occasions.
As the 4th round progressed, the tide of the fight changed; with Clark appearing to suffer a debilitating knee injury; struggling to put any weight on the leg. Clearly hurt by the injury, Alderton jumped on the opportunity, landing a solid right hand, and sent Clark to the canvas for the first time in his professional career. Struggling to put any weight on the injured leg, yet refusing to give in, the young Clark showed unbelievable heart and courage to get to his feet and continue on. Mitch would go on to show the audience and his opponent what he's made of; winning the next few rounds in rather convincing fashion. With the sea of blue t-shirts supporting Clint and the roars of the fans chanting "MITCHELL" until the final bell, both fighters left it all out in the ring in what was truly a candidate for fight of the year.
Clint Alderton would go on to beat Mitchell Clark via a split decision; with the final judges card having it a one point sway to Alderton; winning the contest in a closely fought bout. With Clark suffering an injury to his right knee; and in turn getting a knock down ruled against him, the fight was very close on the scorecards. In a fight where no one expected to hear the final bell, the two gladiators battled it out in the squared circle for 8 hard rounds; in a fight that has REMATCH written all over it.
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