It was a great night of fights; with Justin Frost, James MacDonald and Adrian Rodriguez scoring points wins over Chaiyan Sakkoed, Levi Quartermaine and Paitoon Jaikom respectively.
Reagan Dessaix despatched Thailands Yuttana Wongda in the first round, whilst Kolby “Kaos” Johnston scored a first round knockout of his own, defeating Andrew Gosden.
Australia’s highly rated light heavyweight Trent Broadhurst dropped Michal Ludwiczak three times en-route to a shutout points decision victory, in a bout held at cruiserweight.
When quizzed on how he rated his performance on the night, Broadhurst provided the following assessment.
Broadhurst: "I wasn't overly happy with my performance. I did a few good things, but made a lot of mistakes. This was a perfect fight for me at this time in my career, as I need rounds, and I need to learn and develop my craft more.”
When asked about the toughness of Ludwiczak, who made it to the final bell despite being dropped three times, Broadhurst was full of praise for his opponent.
“(Ludwiczak was the)toughest opponent I have faced as a pro by far. I never load up on my opponents, as I like to systematically break them down, but the guy took everything I threw at him and was still swinging until the final bell.”
Asked to take a glimpse into the future, Broadhurst hinted towards a huge 2017.
“Angelo Di Carlo and my coach Chris McCullen have plans for a fight in March, and all I can say at this stage is it’s time to test myself in the deep end, and that has got me super excited, so stay tuned.”
In the main event of the evening, the much anticipated clash of Super Welterweights would see Dennis Hogan defend his WBO regional belt against the well-credentialed Yao Yi Ma.
In a bout where Hogan was winning the rounds an accidental head clash would halt proceedings and bring an end to the fight in the eighth round.
The scorecards read 70-63 x 3, extending Hogan to 25(KO7)-1-1.
The win left no doubt that both Hogan and domestic rival Rocky Jerkic sit clearly atop the Australian Super Welterweight rankings.
When speaking to Hogan after the fight, he gave the following assessment of his performance.
Hogan: “I boxed really well. We didn’t have any information on Yao Yi Ma, as there’s not a lot online. We had to have a great preparation, to be able to change things up during the fight if need be. You never underestimate an opponent, but I knew he couldn’t match me for ability or strength.”
Hogan was quizzed on potential future opponents, either in Australia, or on the world stage, where he proved he is world class in December of last year, in a competitive showing, contesting an interim WBA world title against Germany’s Jack Culcay.
Hogan: “I would have fought Rocky instead of Colomban or Yi Ma. He called me out last January. Ever since, he hasn’t wanted a bar of it. As far as I’m concerned, he doesn’t want the fight, and he’s missed his opportunity. My last two fights have put me in a position for another shot at world level. Unless they want to take a $50,000 winner takes all bout, then I don’t even want to talk about him.”
Asked about plans for 2017, “Hurricane” Hogan spoke of his desire to reach the top of the division.
“I’m interested in top fifteen rated opponents, to get to the mandatory position. I don’t know what Canelo is planning on doing, but that’s the title that I want. I know I’m going to get that world title.”
All articles featured on the Australian Boxing Central website are written by Tai Tuiniua, and all interviews are conducted by Mark Franklin, unless stated otherwise.