Ruenroeng wrestles his way to Casimero win; Dunn claims IBO belt

Phil Jay 27/06/2015

Amnat Ruenroeng retained his IBF flyweight title against former world champion John Riel Casimero in a contest littered with fouls and roughhouse tactics.

Never one to be easy on the eye, the 35 year-old latecomer to boxing used every illegal move known to man against his opponent in a fight that resembled more of a wrestling match than a world championship fight.

Ruenroeng did manage to score a legal knockdown in the second, although referee Larry Doggett repeatedly failed to act when the champion was holding, grabbing and even pushing Casimero down. In the seventh, Ruenroeng was credited with another knockdown that should not have been, and eventually was docked a point in the eleventh – albeit belatedly.

In the same round, Casimero received a warning for a low blow as he got his own back, before good exchanges rounded off the contest until Ruenroung was handed a unanimous decision to retain his crown in somewhat controversial circumstances.

Elsewhere in Australia, undefeated Zac Dunn won his first world title as the 24 year-old claimed a career-best victory over seasoned Ukrainian Max Bursak. Dunn, who was put on the floor in the second round, went on to see out a 116-110 and 115-111 (twice) triumph to pick up the vacant IBO super middleweight champion on his home turf.