King KO’d as heavweight title heads to Brisbane
Mick King A SECOND-round knockout has handed Brisbane boxer Shane Tilyard the Queensland heavyweight title from reigning holder and Townsville fighter Mick King.
T h e t wo h e a v y wei g h t s went toe-to-toe in the headl i n e b o u t o f S a t u r d a y ’ s March to Victory fight night at the Greek Community Centre, and for two rounds spectators got the all-out action they were craving.
But it was the visiting boxer who took the spoils of victory with his KO of King to end the night.
Townsville t r ai ner and King’s mentor Phil Gregory said the contest was always destined to end quickly.
‘‘ It wasn’t going to go eight rounds, someone was going to get knocked out in the first three rounds,’’ Gregory said.
‘‘ He ( Mick) got hit in the first round with a good shot and it took the wind out of Mick, but he rode out the storm and I feel Mick won the first round.
‘‘ I also feel that Shane was a bit more composed and looking more for the laterround knockout.
‘‘ It was a good war, I call it a war because there were n o t a c t i c s i n v o l v e d . ’ ’ Gregory said plans were being set for the two big-hitters to fight again in May.
King and Tilyard have now f ought t wice, with King knocking out Tilyard in 2009 followed by Tilyard’s win on Saturday.
‘‘ It’ll be a drawcard and it’ll be a good third fight, I’d imagine there’d be a big crowd for that,’’ Gregory said.
‘‘ The positive thing about being beat is you learn from your experiences, you can get back on the horse to better yourself if you choose to.
‘‘ Mick was fit enough, he just got caught and in this game it’s 50-50, someone’s going to lose because that’s boxing.’’
Gregory said the prospects o f K i n g r e c l a i mi n g t h e Queensland belt looked good considering Tilyard’s apparent generosity and King’s willingness to win back the title.
‘‘ Shane seems like a good guy and he says he’ll come up and fight Mick for a third time and put the title on the line again,’’ Gregory said.
‘‘ Mick’s ready and keen and he wants to go ahead, that’s the thing about Mick, he dedicates himself and he’s got the ability to go all the way.’’