Australia looks like it has another world title challenger on its hands — and his name isn’t George Kamboses, Tim Tzsyu, Justis Huni or one of the Maloney twins.
Boxing legend Jeff Fenech’s 23-year-old protege Brock Jarvis delivered another knockout performance, earning a sixth round stoppage against New Zealander Nord Beauchamp and claiming the IBF Pan Pacific Super Featherweight title.
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Beauchamp took it to the 18-0 Jarvis in the early rounds, with the Aussies’ heavy body shots appearing to keep him going, while Fenech had to remind his charge to stop the punch up the middle.
But as the fight wore on, the Aussie wore his opponent down, almost earning the knockdown in the fourth round as he piled on the pressure.
From there it was how long the New Zealander had left in him.
Just under a minute into the sixth round, the referee called for Beauchamp to “show me something” before waving off the fight much to the Kiwi’s disgust.
Main Event’s Ted Cofie said “it was a good stoppage” with Jarvis landing plenty of punches.
“It was just a matter of time I’m sure,” Cofie added.
While Jarvis had far from the ideal preparation after taking eight days off due to illness, it was a major result for the Aussie.
“He was tough as but I was starting to hurt him at the end,” Jarvis said. “I was hurting him with some good shots and my corner was telling me he was starting to get hurt.”
While Jarvis isn’t a major player on the world stage yet, that appears close to changing.
Promoter Dean Longergan said that there could be a shot at the world title with the winner of the Christopher Diaz and WBO world champion Emmanuel Navarati on Sunday AEST.
“Whether he can come back down to featherweight and stay there I don’t know but he’s certainly making splashes around the world,” he said. “Bob Arum from Top Rank is taking notice so very excited for tonight, it’s a much win for Brocky.”
Asked if he wanted the fight, Jarvis said “that’s up to my team, I want to do whatever they want me to do and I’ll keep working hard and put my all into whoever’s in front of me.”
Putting the onus on Fenech to decide if he can take on the world, the legendary Aussie boxer was asked if Jarvis was ready and said “definitely so”.
“It was a bit of a mixed preparation but he was still able to come out and do what he done today,” Fenech said. “I told him from day one that Nord is an amazing fighter, he’s super fit, he’s as tough as anyone we’ve fought, so we were ready for that.”
Fenech also paid tribute to Beauchamp and said he felt like it was Jarvis’ hardest fight.
Asked about how proud he is of Jarvis, Fenech compared it to his legendary relationship with Johnny Lewis.
“This kid is super special to me and my family, we love him, we love his family and it just makes me so proud,” he said.
“It’s just one step at a time but, just think of this, he’s had 13 amateur fights, he’s had 19 pro fights, he’s been boxing since he was 16, he’ll be world champion very soon.”
It was an eventful card, which started off with Abe Archibald and Michael Hall’s fight ending in a technical draw after a cut caused by a head clash.
Heavyweight Arsene Fosso, who was Justis Huni’s second conquest, won a close split decision against Jamie Porter 58-56, 56-58 and 58-56.
Next was the super featherweight Australian title fight between Ben Dencio and TC Priestley.
The pair slugged it out through nine rounds before Dencio began to tire.
Despite being 3-4 in his career, Priestley pounced, landing a brutal flurry of punches, nailing a straight right that rocked Dencio’s head as he fell to the canvas in a brutal knock out.
Dencio did get back to his feet but the referee called the contest, with Priestley winning back the title.
Former UFC hopeful Isaac Hardman also claimed the win over Mark Lucas as the Lucas’ team pulled the plug at the end of the seventh.
Brock Jarvis defeated Nord Beauchamp via TKO, round 6
Isaac Hardman defeated Mark Lucas via retirement, round 7
TC Priestley defeated Ben Dencio via TKO, round 9
Arsene Fosso defeated Jamie Porter via split decision (58-56, 56-58, 58-56)
Abe Archibald technical draw with Michael Hall (head cut)