The Filipino Australian

And then there were two
September 3, 2006


Filipino import Roberto Oyan scored a stunning TKO victory over Australia's Mick Shaw to win the World Boxing Federation (WBF) Asia-Pacific championship last week, making him only the second Filipino to win a title on Australian soil.

Ranee Ganoy won the WBF Asia Pacific welterweight championship in 2005 to become the Philippines' first professional boxer to win a title in Australia.

Oyan stopped Shaw in the seventh of a 10-rounder at the Malvern Tavern in Mansfield, Queensland. He dropped the Australian with a stiff left jab followed by a jarring right cross midway through the round. The referee stepped in quickly to end the slaughter because Shaw had been down five times from Oyan's powerful left hooks and right-straights in earlier rounds.

''The fight should have been stopped much earlier,'' said Oyan's trainer Jeffrey Bohol. ''Robert had dominated the fight from the start, and had Mick in trouble as early as the second round.''

The Filipino then flew back to base in Bonnyrigg NSW with a golden championship belt to celebrations with his stablemates at JMH Bohol Boxing Stable.

In a support bout, Oyan's stablemate Jumar Dulog, another lightweight, lost a split decision against Sydney's Mohammed Elomar in a six-rounder.

In Sydney on the same night, four Filipino fighters won their matches, including Ganoy, who scored a second round kayo in a tuneup. #


PICTURES: At the top, WBF Asia Pacific welterweight champion Ranee Ganoy, left, and WBF Asia Pacific lighterweight champion Roberto Oyan. At right, Roberto Oyan with his WBF championship belt.

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