Aussie Blake Minto Successfully Defends International Super Lightweight Crown

On a huge promotion billed as Detonation 10 in Newcastle Australia recently, current WBF International Super Lightweight Champ Blake Minto made the first defence of his Title against Roy Tua Manihuruk of Indonesia.

Manihuruk who has fought the who’s who of Australian Boxing was a real test for Minto. The Indonesian was as tough as they come and certainly came to fight pushing the Aussie for the entire 10 round scheduled distance.

Paul Saunders with WBF Title Belt

The bout went according to most Championship Title fight blue prints with the opening rounds proving to be a feel out process for both fighters. Minto the busier of the two early working behind a solid jab and watchful of Manihuruk’s dangerous over hand right. The middle rounds saw both fighters landing solid shots with Minto now stepping up the pace landing flurries of well put together head to body combinations.

In the ninth round Manihuruk was the aggressor and during an exchange landed a bomb of an overhand right that he had been looking for most of the fight that sent Minto to the canvas but to his credit with his strength and conditioning evident, Minto was straight up and took the referees 8 count. Seeing that Minto was still a little dazed and on unsteady legs, the Indonesian went straight after the Australian to try and finish the job with Minto wisely tying him up to see the round out.

Blake Minto vs Roy Tua Manihuruk

The tenth and final round saw Manihuruk throwing everything he had at Minto who during the break appeared to have totally recovered from being floored in the ninth and went about working smartly behind his solid jab to close out a very testing but convincing win over an opponent that was always dangerous and is feared by many.

This successful defence has now put Minto in line for a shot at the WBF World Super Lightweight Crown early in 2018.

Blake Minto vs Roy Tua Manihuruk

“Blake’s performance was impressive against an opponent that is feared by many and is always dangerous. When he was caught flush with the over hand right from Roy in the ninth round I thought it was all over but his fitness and conditioning was amazing. He was straight up, shook it off and boxed smart for the remainder of the round and came out in the tenth and final round fresh as a daisy. This kid just gets better and better with every fight and is obviously being managed and trained wisely by his team.” said WBF Snr Vice President Paul Saunders who was the ringside Supervisor for this championship contest.

Blake Minto def Roy Tua Manihuruk

Official Result – Blake Minto def Roy Tua Manihuruk UD10

Blake Minto def Roy Tua Manihuruk


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