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Kwadjo by KO

April 09
12:00 2010

image Written By : SUN FIJI SPORTSDESK. Joseph Kwadjo shocked the Australian boxing fraternity when he knocked out Jamie Pittman to win the International Boxing Federation Australasian super middleweight title at La Montage Reception Centre in Sydney, Australia on Thursday night.
“I knew it was coming,” a jubilant Kwadjo told SUNsports after the fight.
“It was part of our game plan to stop the fight in the seventh round. “It was that left- right combination on Jamie’s jaw that dropped him down and out.”
Kwadjo said he had a slow start but as the round went on he was able to dictate his term.
He said Pittman was fast but it was his power punches that slowed him down.
“After he copped several of my punches I saw that he was slowing down and I waited for that opportunity to put him away.”
Trainer Gyan Singh said Kwadjo fought according to their game plan.
“It was those power punches that weakened Pittman. At the start of the 7th round I shouted out to him (Kwadjo) to go for the kill and he did just that.”
Singh said they were not intimidated by Pittman’s tactics as Kwadjo took his time to settle down before unleashing those punishing punches.
“Jamie had cuts on his face and it was in a bloody state,” he continued.
A graceful Pittman conceded defeat at the end of the fight indicating that Kwadjo was a hard hitter.
Former boxing administrator Lepani Wilson said the Australian boxing fraternity is still coming to term with the loss.
“It was a hell of a fight. No one thought that Pittman could be humiliated in such a way. It was Kwadjo’s power punches that proved too much for him,” Wilson said.
Kwadjo said he was happy with the win as he was able to fulfill his promise to the people of Fiji.
“When I promised a knockout win, I made sure that it was going to happen. I’m so grateful that the people of Fiji accepted me and that’s why I’m here today. I love you all.”
Blue Gas managing director Ajay Punja said they were overwhelmed with the win.
“As Kwadjo’s major sponsor we are happy to be associated with him,” he said.
Former Australian middleweight champion Mosese Sorovi along with Wilson and Singh were at Kwadjo’s corner during the fight.
World of Boxing’s Ray Wheatley said southpaw Pittman controlled all the rounds as he scored with power shots to the head and body of Kwadjo.
In round four Pittman suffered a cut on his left eye due to accidental head clash. In round six both boxers were cautioned for infringements. Kwadjo dropped Pittman three times with head shots in round seven and at 2.59 referee John Gauchi crowned Kwadjo the IBF Australasian super middleweight champion.
Pittman’s only previous loss came in a WBA 160 pound title bout against Felix Sturm when he was turned back in seven rounds in 2008.

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