|November 22, 2014|
|North Shore Events Centre|
Rarely does a fight night live up to the hype, but the SUPER 8 promoters refined the format from the first show, and brought the match making ingredients to the boil perfectly in the follow up event.
Tagged with the moniker “every fight matters” SUPER 8 II was universally regarded by boxing scribes on both sides of the Tasman, as one of the best-matched event of the past decade.
Headlined by return of Shane Cameron to face i SUPER 8 Heavyweight champion, Kali Meehan for the WBA Pan African Heavyweight title, the Cruiserweight SUPER 8 the Last Man Standing 8 man tournament, featured a stacked card, headlined by former world number 10 Brad Pitt, who was on the comeback trail after being derailed by NZ’s highest ranked professional David Aloua in April.
Aloua also returned as the semi main event defending his WBA Pan African and WBO Asia Pacific crowns against granite chinned Anthony McCracken.
As expected the Last Man Standing tournament provided action from the first quarter-final bell, to the thrilling finale, with controversial decisions, chilling KO’s and the drama of tooth and nail slug feasts.
Pitt navigated his way through to the finals past Ghanaian Joseph Kwadjo and fellow Australian Daniel Ammann despite being rocked badly by the diminutive Kwadjo twice in his quarter-final.
The other side of the draw was not so cut and dry. Former five-time New Zealand champion Lance Bryant fought undefeated Vaitele Soi to a stand still in the fight of the night, only to be denied by the narrowest of split decisions.
Popular Kiwi kickboxing phenom, Israel Adesanya also looked to have out pointed multiple Australian Champion, Ammann in his quarter -final but the judges saw it the other way.
Soi progressed to out point New Zealand Champion Monty Filimaea in the semi final but couldn’t find the big shot to dethrone the hard punching Australian and Pitt claimed the $50,000 cheque and the SUPER 8 Cruiser weight belt.
The stage was now set for the main events with Pitt conqueror David Aloua widely expected to ease past Anthony McCracken in the first title fight of the night. The first five rounds followed script with Aloua taking the rounds on all of the judges card before inexplicably running out of gas as McCracken pressed moved forward and began to make an impression, Round seven began with Aloua well ahead on all cards, but McCracken landed several successive right hands to on the fatigue stunned kiwi to claim his titles in the upset of the night.
In the grand finale, SUPER 8 Heavyweight Champion Kali Meehan was out to prove his June triumph was no flash in the pan, against a resurgent Shane Cameron, intent on cementing his place in New Zealand Heavyweight boxing history.
10 rounds of titanic Heavyweight action ensured with Meehan dominating on the card’s, but the Mountain Warrior pushing forward every moment of every round looking to land the killer blow.
In the end the very good smaller man unable to tip over a very good bigger man and the six foot five 115 kilo Meehan had claimed the WBA Pan African crown and began his climb back into the elite rungs of the world rankings..