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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

'Absolute joke': 'Rubbish' Hodges bout slammed


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Critics have slammed Justin Hodges' 23 second knockout of Kiwi Troy McMahon on the undercard of the Tim Tszyu vs Joel Camilleri fight, with former Australian world champion Billy Dib labelling the bout "an absolute joke".

Hodges, fighting at heavyweight, took less than 30 seconds to stop McMahon and didn't take too long to beat his first opponent Rob Baron on his debut, with that fight taking a little over a minute before Baron was KO'd.

Hodges admitted to having an empty feeling after the bout, with the crowd booing the the Queenslander after veteran referee Gary Dean had to stop the fight without issuing a count.

"I don't care about the crowd, the crowd doesn't bother me. I've spent 18 years playing the game of rugby league," Hodges said.

"They are the one booing, but they should get in the ring and have a go themselves."

"It is gut wrenching, and an empty feeling, you train hard and you want to have a good fight.

"I didn't have any bad feelings towards him, he took the fight at late notice when a few guys pulled out and he could have been like everyone else too."

Hodges wasn't the only left feeling hollow, with several pundits and former world champion Dib slamming proceedings.

The former IBO and IBF featherweight champion branded the fight “an absolute joke”.

“Good luck building Aussie boxing with rubbish like that going on,” he tweeted.

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Hodges, who is an assistant coach to Queensland State of Origin rugby league coach Kevin Walters, said he planned to concentrate on the upcoming series and wasn't likely to fight again until November.

The highlight of the undercard to the Joel Camilleri-Tim Tszyu fight was a breathtaking all-action ten-round draw for the vacant WBA Oceania welterweight title between Jack Brubaker and Ty Telford.

Earlier, world ranked cruiserweight Jai Opetaia improved his unbeaten professional record to 17-0 with 14 KOs after an eight-round stoppage of tough New Zealander Navosa Ioata.

Slick southpaw, Opetaia, who is rated No.8 by the WBO and 11 by the IBF, wore down his opponent, who took a standing count in the seventh.

Opetaia added the WBA interim cruiserweight title to the IBF and WBO regional titles he already owned.

Former UFC fighter Ross Pearson made a successful boxing debut at super middleweight with a second round stoppage of Iranian Salar King.

- with AAP

Critics have slammed Justin Hodges' 23 second knockout of Kiwi Troy McMahon on the undercard of the Tim Tszyu vs Joel Camilleri fight, with former Australian world champion Billy Dib labelling the bout "an absolute joke".

Hodges, fighting at heavyweight, took less than 30 seconds to stop McMahon and didn't take too long to beat his first opponent Rob Baron on his debut, with that fight taking a little over a minute before Baron was KO'd.

Hodges admitted to having an empty feeling after the bout, with the crowd booing the the Queenslander after veteran referee Gary Dean had to stop the fight without issuing a count.

"I don't care about the crowd, the crowd doesn't bother me. I've spent 18 years playing the game of rugby league," Hodges said.

"They are the one booing, but they should get in the ring and have a go themselves."

"It is gut wrenching, and an empty feeling, you train hard and you want to have a good fight.

"I didn't have any bad feelings towards him, he took the fight at late notice when a few guys pulled out and he could have been like everyone else too."

Hodges wasn't the only left feeling hollow, with several pundits and former world champion Dib slamming proceedings.

The former IBO and IBF featherweight champion branded the fight “an absolute joke”.

“Good luck building Aussie boxing with rubbish like that going on,” he tweeted.

https://twitter.com/phillutton78/status/1128628938924683264?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/pjohnson_sports/status/1128603677457956864?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/DanGinnane/status/1128604976794595329?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Hodges, who is an assistant coach to Queensland State of Origin rugby league coach Kevin Walters, said he planned to concentrate on the upcoming series and wasn't likely to fight again until November.

The highlight of the undercard to the Joel Camilleri-Tim Tszyu fight was a breathtaking all-action ten-round draw for the vacant WBA Oceania welterweight title between Jack Brubaker and Ty Telford.

Earlier, world ranked cruiserweight Jai Opetaia improved his unbeaten professional record to 17-0 with 14 KOs after an eight-round stoppage of tough New Zealander Navosa Ioata.

Slick southpaw, Opetaia, who is rated No.8 by the WBO and 11 by the IBF, wore down his opponent, who took a standing count in the seventh.

Opetaia added the WBA interim cruiserweight title to the IBF and WBO regional titles he already owned.

Former UFC fighter Ross Pearson made a successful boxing debut at super middleweight with a second round stoppage of Iranian Salar King.

- with AAP

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