Kiwi Berridge wins feisty rematch with Foley
Leading New Zealand light-heavyweight boxer Robbie Berridge has won a brutal fight against Australian Kerry Foley in Sydney last night.
The fight was a rematch of the 2011 bout which ended in a controversial draw and both camps talked of revenge in the lead up to the rematch.
It was a war of words and the action inside the ring lived up to the hype outside it as both fighters traded heavy shots.
Berridge ended up winning by technical knockout in the 10th round when 26-year-old Foley dropped to a knee following a ripping body shot from the Kiwi.
While the Aucklander looked well on top on points throughout the fight it wasn't all plain sailing for Berridge.
After a cautious start from both fighters the punches started to flow and in round six Foley forced a knockdown after a good straight punch rocked Berridge.
However in the 7th round Berridge got a knockdown of his own and as Foley started to tire it quickly became Berridge's fight.
It takes Berridge's recorded to 23 wins from 25 fights and has him banging on the door of the top 15 light-heavyweights in the world.
Given the brutal nature of the fight and fact it was a crowd-pleaser Berridge-Foley III seems a distinct possibility.
Foley hadn't boxed for three years and while Berridge was the better fighter this time, the Australian showed he isn't a spent force.
Earlier in the night Jake Revill - son of New Zealand boxing legend Lance Revill - lost to Shane Quinn.
Revill went into the fight with 7-0 record but was outclassed when knocked out in the fourth round.
Rugby league star Paul Gallen won his professional debut when he stopped 19-year-old Herman Purcell in the second round.
Gallen was knocked down in the first round with a heavy shot but quickly recovered to start to dominate the fight.
The referee stopped the fight but both fighters continued to trade punches and had to be pulled apart.
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