Soliman held to a draw by Capper

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman (45-14-1, 19 KOs) was held to a twelve round majority draw on Saturday against fellow Australian Wes Capper (19-2-1, 12 KOs) at the Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia with the IBF International title up for grabs over twelve rounds. The 44-year-old Soliman missed with a punch in round two and his glove touched the canvas so referee Malcolm Bulner gave the compulsory eight count to the former world champion. At the conclusion, two judges scored the fight a draw 114-114, 114-114 and third judge scored 114-113 for Soliman.

WBC #13, WBA #15 super middleweight Jayde Mitchell (16-1, 9 KOs) scored a three round knockout over Ariel Alejandro Zampedri (9-3, 7 KOs) of Argentina in a scheduled eight round bout in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Saturday. Mitchell dominated Zampedri in rounds one and two with referee Allan McColl calling off the contest at 2:59 of round three. Mitchell weighed in at cruiserweight poundage of 176 pounds.

Unbeaten female bantamweight Cherneka Johnson (9-0, 4 KOs) stopped Rungnapha Kaewkrachang (13-12-1, 1 KO) in round four of a scheduled eight round of a WIBA world title bout. Referee Malcolm Bulner crowned the New Zealand-born Johnson at 1.56 after the Thai had been on the canvas twice

In other action, light heavyweight David Drapac (3-0, 1 KO) outpointed Jonathan Binet (0-5-2) over four rounds by majority decision. Scores 40-36, 40-36, 38-38.

Also, cruiserweight Mitchell Kitson (3-0, 1 KO) outpointed Zac Bennett (0-6) over four rounds by shutout decision score 40-36 on all cards.

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