Aussie Brendan Saunders captures the WBF Australasian Lightweight Crown

Australian Lightweight Brendan Saunders has captured the WBF Australasian Lightweight Crown in spectacular fashion in front of a packed Auditorium at Club Punchbowl in Sydney Australia on Friday 14th November on a Neutral Corner Fight Promotion. This was the second time that Saunders had contested the feature attraction and Main Event.

In his previous fight Saunders faced off against another Australian contender in Cameron Glass for the WBF Asia Pacific Lightweight Strap. In what was a candidate for fight of the year according to ringside officials in attendance, Saunders was knocked out in the 10th and final round of a closely contested championship bout which was a rematch after Saunders outpointed Glass in their previous fight a few months earlier. This is the only loss on Saunders record to date.

Brendan Saunders v John ‘Jungstar’ Min

World Boxing Foundation supervisors in attendance, impressed with the quality of this fight, sort sanctioning approval from the Championship committee for Saunders to fight for the vacant Australasian Lightweight Title in November pending a worthy opponent being available.

An opponent was found in experienced John ‘Jungstar’ Min who had been in with the likes of former World Champion Billy ‘The Kid’ Dib.

After Min had performed a traditional Korean war cry centre ring as an intimidation tactic toward his opponent, the fight scheduled for 10 Rounds was finally underway.

The first round went according to most championship fights blueprint with both fighters in the feel out process with Saunders landing stiff jabs that rocked the head back of his Korean opponent back on several occasions before Min attempted to dominate Saunders with loaded shots that caught mostly leather gloves. 10 - 9 Saunders.

Second round started much the same as the first only this time it was Saunders on the front foot and the aggressor trapping Min in his own corner throwing punches in bunches and picking his shots clearly hurting his opponent to the body. 10 – 9 Saunders

In the third round Saunders took control of the fight being patient and picking his shots. Backing his opponent up against the ropes again and launched a body attack that really should have stopped his strong opponent but he was crafty enough to get out of trouble on a couple of occasions until Saunders set up a perfectly timed right hand that followed a strong stiff jab that sent Min to the canvas.

Min to his credit was up at the count of 6 and clearly on unsteady legs pleading with the referee in charge to let him continue. Referee Gary Dean after getting to the count of 8 asked Min to walk toward him and as he did Mins legs went from underneath him causing him to fall sideways crashing into the ropes where the referee called a halt to proceedings at 2 minutes 56 seconds of the third round.

Official Result – Saunders defeats Min   (KO Round 3 of 10)

Brendan Saunders

According to his trainers who studied footage of his opponent during his preparation for this fight, Brendan fought a very intelligent fight and fought exactly to the fight plan they had worked on throughout his training camp.

After a well earned rest Team Saunders will look at locking in Brendan’s next fight which will be a possible defence of his WBF Australasian Title in early 2015.

Photographs courtesy of Mr Peter James.

 Brendan Saunders v John ‘Jungstar’ Min

 Brendan Saunders

 Brendan Saunders v John ‘Jungstar’ Min

Brendan Saunders v John ‘Jungstar’ Min

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