King KO’d as heavweight ti­tle heads to Bris­bane

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport - by Michael Thompson michael. thompson@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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.’’

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