Kali Meehan took the Super-8 heavyweight crown and a $200k cheque to the delight of the New Zealand crowd in Auckland on Wednesday.
The big-puncher took out Michael Sprott in the very first round to walk away with the top prize following three impressive victories.
Michael Sprott predictably made the Super-8 heavyweight tournament final with a comprehensive victory over Anthony Nansen in the semis. The Briton had too much ring craft and boxing knowhow for the six-fight New Zealander, who had eliminated Hasim Rahman in the first round.
All three judges came back with scores of 30-27 and Sprott will now face the winner of Brice Ritani Coe v Kali Meehan for the chance to bank $200,000.
Home favourite Kali Meehan also made it to a big money shoot-out with Sprott by dropping Brice Ritani Coe on his way to a 29-27 win on all cards. Meehan grabbed his 40th pro win in the process.
Former undisputed world heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman suffered the most humiliating defeat of his career as the 41 year-old went down to Anthony Nansen in the opening round of the Super-8.
‘The Rock’ showed that little had changed from his poor two-round loss to Alexander Povetkin in September 2012 as he beaten via a unanimous decision by the unkown Nansen, 31, in Auckland.
Scores of 29-28 (twice) and 30-27 were disappointing for Rahman and left the American heading home with just a $15,000 share of the $500k pot after losing out to a fighter with only three wins from five bouts.
In the top bout of the first round draw, Briton Michael Sprott overcame domestic rival Martin Rogan via a majority decision following a hard-fought contest.
The former UK Prizefighter champions, who had never previously met in the ring, gave their all for the Trusts Stadium crowd until Sprott eventually came out on top 29-28 (twice), with the other judge carding a 29-29 draw.
In the other quarter-finals, Kiwi Brice Ritani Coe won a split decision over American Alonzo Butler as the cards came back reading 30-27 and 29-28 (twice) after three rounds, whilst the experienced Kali Meehan won a split nod over Hunter Sam with no scores being read out.
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