GOING into his fight against Mexican starlet Gilberto Ramirez, Australia’s Junior Talipeau hadn’t been in the ring for just under a year.
It took less than two minutes for the big-punching Mexican to make his presence known, flooring an over matched Talipeau three times in a brutal showing at the Cotai Arena in Macau overnight.
Talipeau, 30, showed some promise in the opening minute, ducking and weaving effectively while the southpaw Ramirez, 23, tried to find his range from a distance.
Things went pair shaped for Talipeau (now 20-3-1, 7 KOs) shortly after when Ramirez (now 29-0, 23 KOs) caught Talipeau with a right-uppercut which split the middle of his high guard and sent the world-rated Talipeau sprawling to the canvas.
The Australian didn’t appear to be badly hurt, but Ramirez swarmed on Talipeau catching him again with the identical shot – the lead right uppercut – and Talipeau attempted to take a knee before being tagged with a couple more shots for good measure.
The end appeared near, as referee Mark Nelson watched over Talipeau carefully. Ramirez flung Talipeau’s head back with a jab before the fight was called shortly after another follow up barrage, ending with a straight left hand that landed right on the button. The contest was immediately waved off, but it appeared unlikely that Talipeau would make it up before the mandatory eight count.
Simply put, Talipeau’s previous opponents and genuine lack of higher level opposition left him exposed on the biggest platform of his professional career.
While there is definitely a future for Talipeau domestically, he appeared to be levels below the fighter that once held the Australian middleweight title and successfully made five title defenses.
With the win, Ramirez retained his WBO International and NABF super middleweight belts.
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