Australian super featherweight champion Dana Coolwell returns to the ring tonight for the first time after delivering Australian boxing’s 2021 knockout of the year.
Coolwell (7-1, 5 KOs) pulled off an upset victory over Miles Zalewski in December with a 10th-round knockout to secure the Australian title – and the Australian National Boxing Federation’s knockout of the year award.
Now the Aussie fighter headlines an enticing night of action at Fortitude Music Hall in Brisbane, with live coverage on Fox Sports 507 on Foxtel and Kayo from 7pm AEST.
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Before the fight, Aussie Olympic medallist and boxing star Harry Garside praised Coolwell on Fox Sports’ coverage.
“You definitely look prepared, I saw on you on the scales yesterday, and I can’t wait to watch you tonight,” Garside said.
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He faces undefeated Venezuelan champion Ender ‘The Tiger’ Luces (16-0, 14 KOs) for the vacant IBF Super Featherweight Youth World Title.
At yesterday’s weigh-in, Luces declared: “This signifies the world to me. I’m here to show everyone what I’m here to do. I didn’t come to Australia for a holiday!”
Coolwell said: “This is very exciting. A massive opportunity for me and I’m going to take it with both hands.
“I’m just sticking to my game plan. And if the stoppage comes I’ll be going for it … I’ll take him to the deep end rounds. And I’ll grow him.”
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On the undercard, Australian boxer Jason Whateley delivered a terrifying knockout to Fijian opponent Savenaca Naliva.
The second-round stoppage came after Naliva ducked right into the right-hand uppercut, his legs folding as he was instantly knocked out.
“That’s a massive shot, and there’s no point counting,” commentator Ben Damon said on Fox Sports.
“He said he’d have a highlight reel KO for us, and that’s exactly what he’s done, Jason Whateley.
“That is an absolutely enormous shot … an uppercut that was timed to perfection. And Naliva ducked into it.”
Naliva was left prone on the mat for almost a minute after being collected in the temple and needed medical assistance.
Whateley claimed the vacant IBF Pan Pacific Cruiserweight Title.
“I really thought I was gonna land the straight right … but I was overshooting it so I couldn’t get it,” Whateley said post-fight.
“I was him ducking out so I thought I’d have a go at an uppercut and it worked a treat.”
Just minutes later, Andrei Mikhailovich needed barely a minute to stop King Davidson.
A huge right-hand to the chin followed by two more as Davidson was simply defenseless saw the towel thrown in by his corner.
Dana Coolwell vs. Ender Luces for the IBF Super Featherweight World Youth Title (10x3min rounds)
Andrei Mikhailovich def King Davidson via KO with 1:14 gone in Round 1 at 74kg catchweight (8x3min rounds)
Jason Whateley def Savenaca Naliva via KO with 2:25 left in Round 2 for the vacant IBF Pan Pacific Cruiserweight Title (10x3min rounds)
Erik Sokolov def Liam Pope via split decision for the vacant Australian Super Bantamweight Title [96-94, 96-95, 94-96] (10x3min rounds)
Jerome Pampellone def Lucas ‘Thriller’ Miller via unanimous decision [100-89 x2, 99-90] (light heavyweight, 10x3min rounds)
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