Wade Ryan worked long and hard to pick up his latest win.
The veteran southpaw from Gunnedah overcame a slow start to wear down and stop Koen Mazoudier in the 10th and final round of their entertaining slugfest. An accumulation of punches left Mazoudier unable to defend himself, prompting referee Will Soulos to stop the contest at 0:30 of round ten.
Prior to the contest, Ryan remained best known as the only boxer to date to score a knockdown of Tim Tszyu who appears in the evening's headliner. It has otherwise been an honest journeyman's run for the 31-year-old who was brought in as a test for Blacktown's Mazoudier, who scored two straight knockout wins leading into the bout.
Mazoudier controlled the action in the early going before Ryan violently turned the tide in round four. Momentum remained in Ryan's direction from that point onward.
Round eight deserves to be remembered during awards season, with both fighters badly hurting the other. Ryan had Mazoudier in trouble, battering him along the ropes only to get warned for leading with his head. Mazoudier used the brief break as a last-gasp rally, connecting with a body shot to briefly stun Ryan who immediately responded.
Ryan repeatedly connected with left hands in the 10th and final round. An uppercut snapped back the head of Mazoudier, with an ensuing shot forcing the stoppage. Ryan improves to 18-9 (6KOs) with the win, while Mazoudier falls to 8-2 (4KOs).
Paul Fleming fought through the pain of a hand injury to preserve his unbeaten record.
The 32-year-old southpaw from Sydney scored a 7th round stoppage of countryman Tyson Lantry in an impressive showing. No knockdowns were scored in the contest, though Fleming's level of dominance forced Lantry's corner to literally throw in the towel early in the 7th round of their junior lightweight affair Wednesday evening at Newcastle Entertainment Centre in Newcastle, Australia.
Fleming was dominant from the opening bell, his pace slowed only by what appeared to be a hand injury suffered midway through the contest. It merely turned a rout into a one-sided showcase before Fleming picked up the pace later in the bout.
Lantry (8-4, 3KOs) did his best to keep pace but was hopelessly outgunned. As much was recognized by his corner, who called for the stoppage after Fleming (27-0-1, 18KOs) unloaded with an unanswered burst of power shots in round seven.
Fleming entered on the heels of a disappointing technical draw with Bruno Tarimo last December. Their anticipated bout ended with a clash of heads in round three, leaving Fleming with a cut deemed too severe to allow the action to continue.
Opening the five-fight Pay-Per-View telecast, Cesar Mateo Tapia scored a repeat win over Renold Quinlan, this time getting the job done inside of four rounds.
The bout was far more of a mismatch than their first fight in Aug. 2019, which wasn't really that competitive. Tapia—a 22-year old Mexican prospect now based out of Narrabean, Australia—was in full control, dropping Quinlan (12-8, 8KOs) in round four and forcing the stoppage moments later. Tapia (13-0, 8KOs) won their first fight by unanimous decision.
Both bouts aired live on the undercard of a scheduled 12-round junior middleweight bout between Tim Tszyu (17-0, 13KOs) and Dennis Hogan (28-3-1, 7KOs).
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