Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

McConnell Stops Ryan Sermona in Seven Rounds

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

Ryan Sermona of the Philippines has lost his WBC International super featherweight title by a  7th round TKO to Australian  Corey McConnell  at the Crossing Theatre  in Narrabri, New South Wales.

McConnell who had put his career on hold for one year citing  a lack of quality fights and outside commitments told Aussie Boxing in an exclusive interview that “ The opportunity to fight for the WBC International title is what brought me back.” He added “I believe the WBC is the most prestigious belt, so that’s what way we went.”
 
The fight was stopped on the advice of the ringside doctor who claimed the cut suffered by Sermona as a result of a punch was too severe for the Filipino to continue.
 
The newly crowned 28 year old Australian improved to 14-1-1 with 2 knockouts while the 26 year old Sermona dropped to 16-6 with 9 knockouts.
 
The Filipino southpaw won the title in a massive upset over highly favored Matt Garlett with a 4th round knockout in Metro City, Western Australia on December 6, 2013.
 
McConnell scored a unanimous twelve round decision over rugged Filipino Jerry “Dangerous”  Nardo to win the vacant World Boxing Union title with what was described as an impressive  and one-sided performance on August 8, 2013 after which he hung up his gloves.
 
McConnel told Aussie Boxing “The reason coming back is pretty simple. The fire was still there and I couldn’t kick it.”
 
Ringside reports said McConnell didn’t miss a beat as he cruised to an early lead and  easily turned back the perceived challenge of Sermona, neutralizing the Filipino’s strength and looping overhand left with athleticism and superior footwork. However, Sermona did not go down without a fight – tagging McConnell several times with left hooks – that temporarily stunned the Australian.
 
Aussie Boxing reported that  McConnell was made to look like a veteran, showing his complete bag of tricks to clearly outpoint Sermona in all aspects of the fight. Although Sermona was clearly the bigger puncher of the two, even having his occasional moments of success, it was clear that McConnell was the superior boxer between the two and as  the fight progressed, McConnell began to grow in confidence..
 
The report noted that Sermona was typically wild with his punches throughout, which in turn played perfectly into McConnell’s hands – as he eagerly picked him off from range for the majority of the contest.
 
McConnell was full of praise for his sparring partners post-fight, citing his work with Filipino Richard Pontillas as a major contributor to his sharpness in the build up to the title fight.
 
“It was very important after being out for a while the sparring had to be rough and tough to get us as close to being fight fit as possible,” he said. “It was hands down been my best preparation in the lead up to any fight.”
 
“I had a big hurdle to get over last night. Now that it’s done we will look see what happens next.”

Tags: boxing image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Light-Heavy, Trainer Banned Over Nick Blackwell Readmission Francisco Vargas vs. Miguel Berchelt Lands on BoxNation Video: Joshua, Molina, Chisora, Whyte, Ortiz, Taylor Weigh-In Hozumi Hasegawa in Shock Retirement, Won't Defend WBC Belt Photos: Yafai on Point, Concepcion Overweight and Loses Belt Photos: Joshua vs. Molina, Chisora vs. Whyte - Official Weigh-in Randy Caballero, Golden Boy Reach Deal To Extend Promotional Lipinets' Manager: Troyanovsky Had No Chin, Indongo Ours in 2017 Abner Mares: I'm Not Scared of Cuellar's Power; I Hit Hard, Too Wladimir Klitschko: I Want To Fight The Very Best Anthony Joshua Charlo: Not Much Left For Me at 154; I'm Not Afraid of Golovkin! Frank Warren Talks Parker-Ruiz, Joshua Revealing McCracken Link Quigg: I Have To Keep Winning, Build Buzz For Frampton Rematch Bob Arum Reflects on Kicking Out Anthony Mundine, Praises Horn Paul Gallen Losing Hope of Landing Sonny Bill Williams Clash Amir Khan Family Dispute To Be Part of New Reality Show? Anthony Joshua Sees No Need To Use Chisora-Whyte WWE Tactics Roach: Pacquiao-Crawford Possible, I like Pacquiao-Canelo Better Joselito Velazquez To Face Eduardo Casimero in Pro Debut Abel Sanchez: Ruiz, Parker Will Hit Each Other, Hurt Each Other Will Khalid Yafai Expand the Picture at 115? Jackson: Kovalev Was 5-1 After Six, Was 3-3 With Ward in Last Six Molina Warns Joshua: You Slip Up Once and You Will Be Dancing! Oleksandr Usyk Eyes World Titles Held By Gassiev, Tony Bellew Julian Williams: Being Underrated and Overlooked Ends Saturday Chocolatito's Manager Outlines The Options For 2017 Photos: Joseph Parker vs. Andy Ruiz Weigh-In - Ready For War Photos: Cuellar vs. Mares, Charlo vs. Williams - Final Presser Marco Huck vs. Noel Gevor Eliminator Order By The IBF Briggs Warns Hearn: Keep Joshua Away From Me and He'll Rule! Misha Aloian of Russia Loses Olympic Silver After Failed PED Test Photos: Chavez Jr. and Britsch - Go Face To Face at Final Presser Crawford: Me and Molina Can Box It Out, Bang It Out Or Whatever British Board Admits Decision on Chisora Did Not Come Easy Joseph Parker Signs Up With VADA, Will Be Testing in Ruiz Bout Photos: Crawford vs. Molina - Face To Face at Final Presser Video: Hearn Talks Crazy Week - Shannon Briggs Crashes Interview! Whyte vs. Chisora is STILL ON - But No British Title! Andy Ruiz: Everyone's Underestimating Me, But I'm In Great Shape Jose Pedraza: Gervonta Davis Will Leave Ring With First Career Loss
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement