Harbour City Havoc at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre. Heavyweight title, Mark Demori vs Rob Calloway.
Harbour City Havoc at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre. Heavyweight title, Mark Demori vs Rob Calloway. Christopher Chan

Aussie wins boxing main event

 

WITH all fights on Saturday night packing an impressive punch, the main event, The Harbour City Havoc which saw America's Rob Calloway go up against Australia's Mark de Mori, had high expectations.   And the pair did not disappoint putting up a fight for the crowd.   The import who walked into the ring to Alicia Keys New York and the soft sound of booing weighed in the night before at 96kg.   While de Mori brought sexy back to the ring with a purple boa draped around his 104.8kg frame.   It was going to be war in the ring and Gladstone was ready for it.   Televised live on pay TV the fight got off with de Mori managing to knock Calloway to the canvas in the first round.   Only managing to count to three, Calloway showed his never give up attitude and pulled himself to his feet.   De Mori continued to dominate that round and round two with some strong head and body shots.   But Calloway was not out of the fight managing to deliver some powerful blows to de Mori's body.   With blood coming from his face, Calloway entered the fourth of ten rounds, but a jab to the face by de Mori sealed the fights fate with the doctor calling the match.   De Mori, fell to his knees as the winner while Calloway returned to his corner disappointed with the judges' decision.   "I am disappointed with the decision but it is what it is," Calloway said.   "De Mori is the up and coming and I am not.   "I have decided to end my career following tonight's fight, I will now centre my focus on my son, Chase's boxing career, he is very promising.   "I have enjoyed my trip down under and wish Mark all the best in the future."   With the WBC Asia Continental Heavyweight Championship belt wrapped tightly around his waist, de Mori was happy.   "When Calloway fell to his knees so early I thought I had it then, but he showed the warrior in him," de Mori said.   "This is when I changed my style and just boxed him, my method was to hit but not get hit, I needed to use my speed and power.   "It paid off. The doctor can't let us keep fighting just because of our own bravery. I had split between his eyes, and possibly broken his nose. It was the safest thing to do.   "I had stopped Calloway with my jab."   Although de Mori's promoter, Don King could not be in Gladstone, Ejay travelled from Vegas on his behalf and was impressed with what he saw.   "De Mori has been to the US to fight before, but not for long enough," Ejay said.   "He has a future there."   "I liked what I saw in the ring tonight."   Also impressed with the night was legendary boxing trainer Johnny Lewis, who was given an award by Anthony Coleiro on the night, thanking him for his dedication to the sport and who was also showered in money in the old style of the fight of the night winners.   "It's wonderful to see something like this in a regional town and for people to come together and support it," Lewis said.

 

WITH all fights on Saturday night packing an impressive punch, the main event, The Harbour City Havoc which saw America's Rob Calloway go up against Australia's Mark de Mori, had high expectations.   And the pair did not disappoint putting up a fight for the crowd.   The import who walked into the ring to Alicia Keys New York and the soft sound of booing weighed in the night before at 96kg.   While de Mori brought sexy back to the ring with a purple boa draped around his 104.8kg frame.   It was going to be war in the ring and Gladstone was ready for it.   Televised live on pay TV the fight got off with de Mori managing to knock Calloway to the canvas in the first round.   Only managing to count to three, Calloway showed his never give up attitude and pulled himself to his feet.   De Mori continued to dominate that round and round two with some strong head and body shots.   But Calloway was not out of the fight managing to deliver some powerful blows to de Mori's body.   With blood coming from his face, Calloway entered the fourth of ten rounds, but a jab to the face by de Mori sealed the fights fate with the doctor calling the match.   De Mori, fell to his knees as the winner while Calloway returned to his corner disappointed with the judges' decision.   "I am disappointed with the decision but it is what it is," Calloway said.   "De Mori is the up and coming and I am not.   "I have decided to end my career following tonight's fight, I will now centre my focus on my son, Chase's boxing career, he is very promising.   "I have enjoyed my trip down under and wish Mark all the best in the future."   With the WBC Asia Continental Heavyweight Championship belt wrapped tightly around his waist, de Mori was happy.   "When Calloway fell to his knees so early I thought I had it then, but he showed the warrior in him," de Mori said.   "This is when I changed my style and just boxed him, my method was to hit but not get hit, I needed to use my speed and power.   "It paid off. The doctor can't let us keep fighting just because of our own bravery. I had split between his eyes, and possibly broken his nose. It was the safest thing to do.   "I had stopped Calloway with my jab."   Although de Mori's promoter, Don King could not be in Gladstone, Ejay travelled from Vegas on his behalf and was impressed with what he saw.   "De Mori has been to the US to fight before, but not for long enough," Ejay said.   "He has a future there."   "I liked what I saw in the ring tonight."   Also impressed with the night was legendary boxing trainer Johnny Lewis, who was given an award by Anthony Coleiro on the night, thanking him for his dedication to the sport and who was also showered in money in the old style of the fight of the night winners.   "It's wonderful to see something like this in a regional town and for people to come together and support it," Lewis said.