Mark de Mori lands a superb body punch to Croatian big man Ivica Perkovic at the GECC Harbour City Havoc event on Saturday night. De Mori won in a unanimous decision.
Mark de Mori lands a superb body punch to Croatian big man Ivica Perkovic at the GECC Harbour City Havoc event on Saturday night. De Mori won in a unanimous decision. Mike Richards

Smiles all round as De Mori comes out on top in slugfest

IT is the second time Anthony Coleiro has organised the Harbour City boxing event, and the satisfaction was beaming from his face when the last fight ended just before midnight on Saturday.

The crowd favourite and good friend of Coleiro, Mark de Mori, had just overcome a "beast", the big and strong Ivica Perkovic, in what was not a pretty fight but a learning curve for the Australian.

"He is the first Australian heavyweight to win two world titles; this is history," Coleiro said.

While de Mori admitted the bout with the big Croatian wouldn't make his highlight reel, it taught him a lot about his future when he does return to his European base with wife Milijana.

"I was told I needed my stamina tested by an eastern European and that is exactly what I got," de Mori said.

"I didn't think he would have the steam, but he was an expert at clinching, he has that experience and it is another learning curve."

Four other fights were contested at Harbour City Havoc 2, with crowd favourites winning all, including four Queensland fighters.

Gladstone-raised Eilleen Forrest won a fight as a late replacement, defeating a Ghanaian fighter, who was unable to return for round 2.

Fight results:

  • Davin Bretherton def. Tommy Lee by unanimous decision
  • Hunter Sam def Clarence Tillman III by unanimous decision (100-90, 100-90, 100-90)
  • Todd Kidd def Ruben Kennedy by TKO (round 9 - 2.44)
  • Eilleen Forrest def. Yarko Annan - TKO (Retired at start of round 2)
  • Mark de Mori def. Ivica Perkovic - unanimous decision (118-110, 118-110, 115-113)
Todd Kidd lands a big right on Ruben Kennedy.
Todd Kidd lands a big right on Ruben Kennedy.