Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Jones Gets Worthy Test from Frenchman at Fight Night

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Jones Gets Worthy Test from Frenchman at Fight Night

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Byline: Tony Nobbs On the Ropes

LAST Friday, on a Jamie Myer Fight Night at Southport RSL, Australian number five light heavyweight (79.38kg/12st 7) Tyrone Jones (7-1, 2 KOs) from Nerang outpointed fast-moving Frenchman Firas Chevalier over six entertaining rounds.

The local prospect did not have it his own way, with Cairns-based Chevalier picking up the opening two rounds before Jones's overall size and fitness took over.

There were no knockdowns and the contest was fought at a solid pace, with all three judges carding 58-56, or 4-2 in rounds, which was also my score.

Chevalier, a southpaw who took the bout on short notice, was making his professional debut after a reported 28 amateur bouts. He looks a nice addition to the local scene and will be tough to beat with more conditioning.

Professional debut Coomera heavyweight Hasley Hepi showed character in overcoming a shoulder injury to stop Ipswich's Anthony aChooka Fowler in round three.

Hepi, who won six of 10 amateur bouts, dislocated his right shoulder eight weeks ago and re-damaged it warming up on the pads in the change room pre- fight. Fowler, who came in rated 15 nationally, was ahead on points before Hasley exploded with both hands.

IN a fight between two Queenslanders in Melbourne, Southport- trained Les Piper was unsuccessful in taking Brisbane boxer Jarrod Fletcher's Australian middleweight (72.57kg/ 11st 6) belt, also last Friday night.

Undefeated world No.43 Fletcher (11-0, 7 KOs), making his first defence, won by scores of 100-92, 99-91, 9-91.

Fletcher took gold at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, where he defeated two current world top-15 contenders, including Beijing Olympic gold medal winner James De Gale, of England.

In a world title fight on the Fletcher-Piper undercard, Melbourne's Diana Pravak (11-1, 7 KOs) made the first defence of her WIBA super featherweight (58. …

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