November 25, 2014
Epic day for Maori boxers
Maori boxing was in the spotlight this weekend with the retirement of a legend and a promising bout from a returnee to the sport.
Shane Cameron bowed out after a points loss to Australia-based New Zealander Kali Meehan in Auckland.
It was the third loss in a row for the Mountain Man, and he says he’ll stay out of the ring and concentrate on his family.
On the undercard was Lance Buster Bryant from Pahiatua, who went into his Super 8 fight with three professional wins and a long amateur career.
He says he studied videos of opponent Vaitele Soi before the bout, and didn’t let the Samoan’s 22-0 professional record faze him.
"I knew I was up against it but one thing I picked out, he didn't like going on the back foot and he didn't like coming under pressure, so that's what I had to do, really unsettle him and not let him get that rhythm where he follows you round the ring and whenever he likes, pick the shots, so I knew putting the pressure on him was going to be the key," Bryant says.
Lance Bryant believes he did enough to win, but says the judges seem to have counted Soi’s hits on his elbows as body shots and gave the bout to the Samoan.
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