Disappointment continues for O’Connell at ‘Battle on the Goldfields’

On Saturday evening in the central Victorian city of Bendigo, saw the debut of Hosking Promotions.

In what was a highly entertaining and well attended event which presented an exciting fight card including the two co main events for the evening, the first of which saw disappointment continue for Shannon O’Connell.

The bout was for the women’s WBC Silver championship which saw a controversial technical draw against Colombian, Dayana Cordero.

Former Australian champion Justin Whitehead featured in the other main event going down to experienced American journeyman, Julius Long in a scrappy but well fought bout over six rounds at the Bendigo Stadium.

The packed Bendigo Stadium witnessed an a highly entertaining undercard which saw a variety of local Victorians make their debut which saw two hard fought draws, two exciting knockouts and two decision wins.

These boys gave their all and must be congratulated.

The first co-main event of the evening saw Australian WIBA super bantamweight world champion, “Shotgun” Shannon O’Connell move up a division to featherweight to take on super tough Colombian, Dayana Cordero.

In what was a very positive start for O’Connell in the first round, turned into an eventual nightmare in third stanza when she was badly cut by what was ruled as an accidental head butt.

Some punters near the vicinity of the ring believed referee Malcolm Bulner made the wrong call and thought the cut was in fact from a well-timed Cordero punch.

Both girls started the fight at a furious pace as both looked to stamp their authority on the contest early.

They threw and landed some nice shots with O’Connell slightly wobbled by a Cordero right. To her credit, O’Connell hung in and started boxing a little better to stave off any further attack from the Colombian. An even round.

The second round was somewhat a carbon copy of the first, as both girls stood and traded looking to get the upper hand.

O’Connell, 32, appeared to keep brawling with Cordero, 20, which seemingly was a mistake, given she looked the better boxer. Cordero (now 13-5-2, 9 KOs) probably got the nod as she landed the heavier blows.

The third round started much like the first two, then disaster struck with O’Connell (now 11-4-1, 6 KOs) stopping for a brief moment as she was struck in the middle of a wild exchange.

The popular Queenslander was opened up badly as blood flowed freely from a gaping wound just below her left eyebrow. The ringside physician wouldn’t allow O’Connell to continue and rightly so.

Much to the dismay and protest from Cordero’s corner, the official result was ruled a technical draw due to an accidental head clash as the fight did not go past four rounds.

A clearly shattered O’Connell was visibly upset after the fight saying, “all this hard work for nothing. I am beyond frustrated.”

The second main event for the evening saw local Bendigo boy and former Australian heavyweight champion, 44-year-old Justin Whitehead go into battle over six rounds against 7’1 giant American, Julius Long.

The bout was indeed a scrappy affair, given both are huge men.

A game but outwrestled Whitehead went down in a unanimous decision after being dropped and seeing the canvas on four different occasions during the bout, two of those that were ruled knockdowns were dubious at best.

Long seemed to be too big and strong for the lion hearted and game Whitehead, wrestling and throwing Whitehead around the ring and banging away at his body and head in the clinches.

To the disappointment of a few in the crowd, many thought enough wasn’t done by the referee to intervene in these wild clinches as Long seemingly allowed to get away with holding and illegal blows.

The American also threw Whitehead to the canvas. As difficult as it is to separate two men of that size, attempts should at least be made to do so.

At the conclusion of the bout all three ringside judges were unanimous on the cards all ruling 60-50 on each of their cards.

Overall, a very successful and well patronised debut event held by Hosking Promotions which is headed up by respected businessman, 1996 Olympian, and 1998 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, Lynden Hosking.

Undercard Results:

Brad Morgan defeated Joel Bennett KO1
Gaige Ireland vs. Daniel Beverley MD4
Matt Hall defeated Greg Bell UD4
Scott Tuddenham vs. Troy Corless SD4
Abdallah Hamdan defeated Nathan MacLean KO1
Damien Lock defeated Brad Weaire UD4

Words: Dan Smart/Follow Dan on Twitter @dansmart76
Photos: SAA Imaging/Hosking Promotions



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