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Aussie Zac Dunn Claims IBO Super-Middleweight Belt


Zac Dunn, from Melbourne, has outpointed Ukrainian tough-guy Max Bursak to claim the vacant IBO super-middleweight belt on Sunday.

Dunn extended his flawless record to 18-0 after all three judges put him four points clear of his rival.

Barry Michael, Dunn’s promoter, was on the phone within hours of his client’s victory trying to negotiate fights with German veterans Arthur Abraham and Robert Stieglitz.

Bursak publicly proclaimed he was all but guaranteed a shot at the German powerhouses if he beat Dunn. Now , in the wake of Dunn’s victory, Michael is hoping for the same opportunity.

Dunn certainly had to work for his win.

He was knocked down in the third with a blow that Dunn later admitted ‘hurt’ him.

Bursak was also penalised for head butting during several early clinches.

Dunn recovered from the dirty tactics but appeared to noticeably tire by round 12.

His lack of endurance is not surprising, Dunn has never had a fight go the distance. He has 15 knockouts to his credit, with two victories coming by way of stoppages.

Bursak 31-4 congratulated the Aussie on his performance. He also advised Dunn to tighten his defence before facing the German duo.

Dunn finished the fight with a cut to his forehead. “It was harder work than I thought,” he said at a post-fight interview. “Not my best fight, but certainly my toughest.”

He’ll need to be more than tough if he is to fight either Abraham or Steiglitz next month. But for now he can celebrate a fine victory and a world title belt.

Armstrong Vows to Ride Two Tour de France Stages


Lance Armstrong has confirmed he will ride two stages of this year’s Tour de France.

Armstrong says he will ride each stage the day before the peloton race it. He will ride with former English footballer and fellow cancer survivor Geoff Thomas. The pair hope to raise $2 million for the Cure Leukaemia foundation.

But the pair met with fierce rivalry from ICU president Brian Cookson.

“We know Lance’s involvement in Le Tour has split opinion,” said Cookson, “so we’ve tried to be as respectful as possible to the Tour de France itself in terms of the stages he will be riding.

“The stages Lance will be riding come towards the end of week two, when I know all riders will need some support.

“I know his arrival will give them the encouragement they will need to carry on with this gruelling challenge and in turn raise as much money as possible for blood cancer patients.”

Armstrong appears to have his sight set on riding the 198.5 kilometre 13th stage from Muret to Rodez on the 16th of July. This will be followed by the 198.5 kilometre stage from Rodez to Mende the following day.

Armstrong was controversially stripped of his seven Tour de France victories and banned from most competitive sports for life by the US Anti-Doping Agency in 2012.

These penalties came after he admitted in an interview on the Oprah Winfrey talkback program that he had used performance enhancing drugs throughout his cycling career.

For this reason Tour organisers are embarrassed to have him ride in their race.

Kody ‘The Power’ House Set to Debut Against NSW

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Kody ‘The Power’ House is hanging up her lingerie league gear and stepping in to play in the Queensland Women’s Rugby League team.

House played in the Australian version of the Lingerie Football League and believes the change of codes will do her good.

House makes her debut for Queensland against perennial foe New South Wales. The Queenslanders have 17 straight interstate victories, but find themselves going into this game as underdogs.

The side has been decimated by injuries, including the loss of star Ali Briggenshaw, and will field 9 debutants!

House is a qualified diesel mechanic from Central Queensland. She is a big, powerful woman who has earned her nickname and the respect that comes with it.

At 80kg of cut muscle House will line up in the centres. She says she is a direct ball runner, preferring to steamroll through tacklers rather than sidestep them.

And she is an athlete.

House began her sporting career as a star soccer player. She made the top grade in Brisbane before switching to sevens rugby union, where she played for Queensland.

FHouse then code-hopped to AFL; then moved again to American football and the Lingerie Football League.

She has the glam and she has the wham.

The game kicks-off at 1300 Smiles Stadium (home of the NRL Cowboys) at 2:45pm this Saturday.

Fans are promised lots of action, lots of hits, and plenty of skill as this fierce rivalry continues.

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Streaker Pitches Tent on Cricket Ground

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You know the ground security guards are slow when a pitch-invader has time to erect a tent.

Yep, that’s what happened at Canterbury County Cricket Ground yesterday. A fan ran onto the pitch, erected a tent, crawled inside, stripped off, and emerged completely naked – but for a crash helmet.

‘Mr Lee Marshall disrupted play for several minutes with what must be one of the most ludicrous pitch-invasions ever.

A solitary female attendant confronted Mr Lee Marshall.’

But upon her approach he simply hid in his man-cave.

Reinforcements dawdled onto the county ground and eventually Marshall was escorted from the field.

Marshall (who goes by the Twitter handle #Discoboy) is, according to his profile an “Entertainer, prankster and DJ.” He has performed the same stunt at shopping centres.

He later claimed on social media that he had been released without a fine. He says authorities simply told him, “You can’t camp there.”

Maroons May Get Boost from Slater Departure

A breeze of optimism has blown through the Queensland Maroons side.

After losing incumbent fullback Billy Slater to a nagging shoulder injury few would have credited Queensland’s chance at victory in the third game of Origin, to be played on July 8 at Suncorp Stadium.

But many believe the Maroons will be better off without the injured Slater.

Their opinion comes through a comparison of stats between Blues’ and Maroons’ fullbacks.

Josh Dugan was consistently better than Billy Slater, in every aspect of the game. Slater’s injured shoulder needed surgery even before game one. The Blues were told to expect Slater to pass in games one and two as his shoulder would not allow him to run into the line of defence.

Slater is still the best communicator on the field, and the Maroons will miss his ability to spot a chink in the Blues armour and capitalise on it.

But what incoming fullback, Greg Inglis, lacks in strategy he more than makes up for in sheer athleticism.

Inglis is expected to outpoint Dugan in game Three every bit as much as Slater was outpointed by him in the first two. Inglis is younger, very experienced in the position, has a wealth of big-game experience, and is arguably the most valuable player in the NRL today.

But the Blues have had their own piece of good news with Josh Jackson having  his charge downgraded, allowing him to play in the Origin decider.


Breakdown of stats from the first two Origins

_____________________Dugan                                                Slater

Meters                                306                                                     193

Runs                                    32                                                        23

Errors                                  1                                                          2

Tackle Busts                       10                                                        6

Tackles                                17                                                        8

Line Breaks                        2                                                          1

Tries                                    1                                                          0

Danny Green Announces Comeback


Boxer Danny Green announced his return to the ring on Wednesday and made it clear he wants another shot at Anthony Mundine.

The two haven’t fought since 2006 when Mundine outpointed Green for an unconvincing win in Sydney. At the time it was the most lucrative fight in Australian history.

The decision has been talked about ever since it was made.

When he learned of Green’s comeback Mundine laughed. He described Green as an ‘irrelevance’.

But with both men in the twighlight of their careers it is likely the big payday will lure them into one final showdown.

Mundine is 40, Green 42, so their high earning days are running out.

Green said, at his return announcement, that he had never stopped training and felt he was still in great shape.

But he’ll have to work his way back up to compete against Mundine.

The first step will be defeating the dangerous Slovakian Tamas Kovacs, at Hisense Arena on August 19. Kovacs is 20 15 years Green’s junior (27) and will be no push-over for The Green Machine.

Green is well-spoken, outgoing, and a devoted family man. Since his retirement from competitive boxing he has worked tirelessly against street violence and has become a respected community figure.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk Destroys Jessica Penne in UFC Berlin Title Defence


Women’s Strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk has destroyed Jessica Penne to defend her 115 pound title in the main event on Saturday in Germany.

Jedrzejczyk went into the fight as an almost unbackable favourite. But no one could have anticipated the beating she put on Penne.

From the opening bell Jedrzejczyk was finding a home for her powerful, damaging striking combinations. Penne tried to stop her Polish rival with several attempted takedowns – even getting a deep body lock on one occasion. But Jedrzejczyk’s take-down defence was equal to the task.

Early in the second round Penne’s nose exploded from a brutal Jedrzejczyk elbow. Blood literally gushed down the right side of Penne’s face.

Jedrzejczyk worked to exacerbate the damage.

When Jedrzejczyk landed a furious combination, Penne’s nose again erupted, gushing blood like a geyser.



Referee Marc Goddard was having a very close look at Penne. But the plucky American fought back, trying relentlessly (and without success) to drag her opponent to the mat.

In the third round Jedrzejczyk was closing in for the kill.

She backed Penne against the cage and rained down Armageddon on her fast wilting opponent.

Goddard had seen enough – He stepped in and saved the victory from becoming a slaughter.

Jedrzejczyk won the fight by TKO at 4:22 in round three.

Steamroller Kennedy to Make Octagon Debut

Image from Kennedy’s Facebook page.

Steve Kennedy (22-6-0), of Perth, is the latest Australian to be seconded into the ranks of the UFC.

His call-up comes as he is asked to fill in for injured Sergio Moraes.

Kennedy will be fighting local boy Peter Sobotta (14-4-1) in the 77kg welterweight division in UFC Berlin.

The thought of fighting Sobotta in front of his home crowd doesn’t worry Kennedy. In fact, the man known as ‘Steamroller’ intends to make his debut impressively and ask questions of his much favoured opponent.

“I didn’t change (my training) specifically for peter. I trained with a few of the good southpaws (left handers) around (his Kickass Gym in Perth) just to switch over my brain.”

In an interview with Kennedy (originally from Watford, England) told of how “your brain needs to work a little differently when you fight southpaws. I’ve done plenty of camps for them. I am going to make it ugly and ask a real question of him – How bad he wants to win. And we’ll see if he can answer it.”

Kennedy has spent the week dieting to make weight for the bout. “We always struggle to make weight,” he said philosophically. But an opportunity to break into the UFC is not one Kennedy will relinquish without giving it his all.

Kennedy’s debut against Sobotta features on the main card (one of four such fights).

The headline will be the much anticipated title fight between incumbent UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Polish Joanna Jedrzejczyk (9-0-0) and season 21 TUF housemate American Jessica Penne (12-3-0).

Grujic Cut from UFC

With a click of a mouse button Vik Grujic realised he was unemployed,.

On June 2 Grujic got an email from Joe Silva (UFC matchmaker) saying he had been cut from the fighters’ roster.

Grujic was integral in pushing the Victorian government to overturn the ban on cage fighting. When the Labour government abolished the ban Grujic hoped for a spot on the UFC 193 card, to be run at Etihad Stadium on November 15.

All that is now gone.

Grujic says he feels “gutted,” but the cold, hard facts are that combat sport does not tolerate failure.

Fighters are a commodity – pure and simple. Their value increases with each win and decreases with each loss. Plus the physical damage they sustain with each defeat makes each subsequent bout even risker.

The organisation has a duty of care to fighters. This includes not over-matching them and not exposing them to potential long term health risks from accumulated damage sustained in the ring.

Still, that doesn’t make it any easier for a dropped fighter.

Grujic leaves the UFC with a 7-5-0 record, having lost his last two fights (two consecutive losses is usually all that is needed to be cut).

During his tenure with the organisation Grujik says he amassed less money than you might think. “I probably could have made more money by working at McDonald’s, to be quite honest (he laughed) … But my wife, Rita, believed in me.”

Despite losing his last two fights Grujic believes he is on the verge of success.

He has recently had surgery on his nose to clear his airways. Something, he says, that will improve his cardio.

“I’ve spent my entire fighting career basically not being able to breathe through my nose. That surgery is going to do wonders for my cardio and I hope to get back up and bounce back and hopefully get a fight in the next coup[le of months with one of the larger organisations overseas or, fingers crossed, the UFC has a change of heart – though that’s unlikely.

“I’ve been in talks with a management team over in the States. They’ve been helping me out and looking to find me a new home with another organisation. I’ve gotta weigh up what the options are for me next.

“It’s tough times at the moment, very tough.”

Grujic has had to sell much of his UFC memorabilia on ebay to pay his medical and training expenses.

The Mountain is Iceland’s Strongest Man for a Fifth Time

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The Mountain, Hafthor Bjornsson, has won Iceland’s Strongest Man competition for the fifth time in a row.

The Viking giant (206 cm tall and 190 kg) was never really challenged in a gruelling day of lifting, pushing, and throwing.

Bjornsson is the first man in history to have won this competition for a fifth consecutive year.

However, his ultimate goal of being crowned the World’s Strongest Man remains, as yet, unfulfilled.

After being invited through a wildcard invitation to the competition in 2011 Bjornsson finished sixth. Since then he has come in at third in 2012 and 2013 and second in 2014.

This year, in April, Bjornsson finished third behind American Brian Shaw.

The Mountain and Oberyn:

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