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Blake Caparello Cruises To Shutout Over Jorge Rodriguez

By Jake Donovan

Blake Caparello preserved his unbeaten record with a unanimous decision over Jorge Rodriguez in their 12-round regional title fight Thursday evening in Footscray, Victoria, Australia.

Scores were 120-108 across the board in favor of Caparello.

The landslide decision was indicative of the preceding 12 rounds of boxing. Caparello was in complete control throughout the bout, though a bit too content to box when there were opportunities to do so much more. 

Rodriguez attempted to impose his will, but ineffective aggression quickly segued into frequent clinching. The visiting Uruguayan frequently held and clinched the moment he was threatened with troubling moments. The actions resulted in several stern warnings from the referee, but never a point deduction.

Caparello cruises to 16-0-1 (6KO) with the win, picking up a regional title in the process. Rodriguez falls to 24-7 (12KO), having now lost in each of last six road trips. 

Robert Berridge took the scenic round in overcoming a stiff challenge to stop Serge Yannick in the 8th round of their televised co-feature.

Yannick built up an early lead, outworking Berridge with crisp punching. Berridge fought like a man in search of a knockout rather than working for one, often coming up short with wide looping punches that were easily picked off.

The fight altering moment came when Yannick literally let his guard down. A tight defense was key in preventing the incoming bum rush, but Yannick got careless and severely paid the price. Berridge landed up the middle, flooring his foe twice before forcing the stoppage at 1:25 of round eight.

Berridge improves to 19-1-1 (15KO). The lone loss came to Caparello nearly a year ago, having since scored four straight knockouts. 

Yannick has now dropped two of his last three as he falls to 15-3 (7KO).

Anthony Buttigieg (1-0, 0KO) enjoyed a successful pro debut with a four-round decision over Mark Dalby (4-6, 1KO). Scores were 40-36, 40-35 and 39-35 in favor of the welterweight debutante.

Joel Camilleri picked up his second straight win with a fourth-round stoppage of Ed Abel in their scheduled six-round welterweight bout. Abel hit the deck prior to the bout being stopped at 2:26 of round four. 

Camilleri advances to 3-1 (2KO) and will face unbeaten countryman Oscar Ledlin on June 7 in Malvern. Abel falls to 1-1-1 (0KO).

Unbeaten heavyweight Joel Shackleton had no problem getting past Peter Brennan (10-22-4, 2KO), scoring his fourth knockout in as many pro fights with a 2nd round stoppage against the Aussie journeyman.  

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board, Yahoo Boxing Ratings Panel and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
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