Mixed fortunes for Zac Dunn and Blake Caparello

LONG before last weekend, Zac Dunn had been touted as Australia’s best super middleweight.

But with a resume devoid of even a single Australian-born opponent, it was easy to see why many pundits had doubts about the Melburnian carrying such lofty expectations, especially after just twenty professional fights.

This all changed on Saturday night when he delivered on the hype, routing Les Sherrington in just three rounds.

The 25-year-old threw every punch with vigour and bad intentions, using great accuracy to dissect the defence of a game but overawed Sherrington (now 35-9, 19 KOs), who was stopped for the eighth time in nine defeats.

Dunn (now 21-0, 17 KOs) landed a hard left-handed body shot that visibly hurt Sherrington, dropping him for the first time. Clearly effected by the blow, Sherrington shut down his attack for the remainder of the round.

A final barrage of shots, finished with his signature left hook downstairs ending proceedings in the third round.

“My defence isn’t perfect,” said Dunn in his post-fight interview with former official turned boxing identity Brad ‘The Rose’ Vocale. “I’m constantly learning how I can improve myself,”

“It was like I was jumping in with a world champion,” he continued. “That’s how you should take every fight. You should never take any fighter lightly. I could get a call up anytime now for a world title.”

Dunn is chasing a fight with Italian Giovanni De Carolis, who holds the WBA regular super middleweight title.

“I would like Giovanni De Carolis from Italy for the WBA world title,” he concluded. “The WBA was the first belt that was ever around, that would be a classic belt to win. It would be perfect around my waist.”


Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, skilful super middleweight Blake Caparello came close to scoring a major upset.

Dirrell, 32, showed tremendous powers of recuperation after recovering from a second round knockdown. Caparello, 29, is often maligned for having a lack of power, but he showed Dirrell he is capable of hurting anyone.

The confident American offered a lazy and low guard in the opening two rounds – and paid the price – getting floored by an overhand left. The former two-time world title challenger recovered well and survived the round.

The Michigan native (now 25-2, 16 KOs) controlled the distance and dictated the terms of the fight with his jab.

Caparello (22-2-1, 6 KOs) looked good in glimpses, but spent long stretches of the fight against the ropes.

To his credit, the Greenvale-based southpaw had success countering Dirrell. But more often than not, he was unable to land more than one clean shot at a time as Dirrell halted any momentum with fast combinations.

Caparello has now lost just twice in twenty-five fights, flooring both Dirrell and Sergey Kovalev along the way.

Photos: Marty Camilleri/Marty’s Knockout Photography and Premier Boxing Champions



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