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Thanks Jamie,
You’re right about Thurman too, it was the WBC belt that he vacated, not the WBA. I got the alphabet soup mixed up. I’m not a fan of the super and regular WBA titles, there are enough belts as it is.

Boxing: A review of 2018

I thought the same too Drew re Hurd until I saw his last title defence on the Wilder/Fury undercard. He was fighting a ‘come forward’ fighter from England (Jason Welborn) with a moderate record (24-6), and Welborn really took the fight to him. He made Hurd look quite uncomfortable at times. I could imagine Jeff doing that to him as well. But that said, Hurd did pull out a body shot to finish Welborn in the 4th, so on paper it looks like a decisive victory. Horn is tough though, I couldn’t see him getting dropped as easily.

In terms of the young Aussies, I agree that the Moloney twins aren’t far off, it’s just a matter of getting the right title shot. Akkaway is highly rated by Johnny Lewis too, so that’s a big wrap. Like Kambosos, he’s also testing himself by fighting overseas at a young age, which shows that they both have big ambitions.

It’s hard to see boxing recapturing the mainstream Australian interest as much without an Anthony Mundine on the scene, but there are plenty of good fighters both locally and internationally to watch for genuine (rather than casual) boxing fans.

Boxing: A review of 2018

Thanks Drew, in 2019 I tip Joshua to emerge as the undisputed heavyweight champ. He can box if he needs to, and he also has the KO power.

I also tip Canelo to win a likely third fight with GGG (because age is on his side), and Spence to beat Garcia in a thriller (I think Garcia is great, but stepping up two divisions could be too much).

I wouldn’t rule out a Horn/Pacquiao rematch if Pacquiao beats Broner in January (that would be the biggest potential payday for him), otherwise I think Horn will start campaigning at light middleweight where he’ll find it easier to make the weight. If he does that, he’ll need a fight or two to test himself in that strong division. Jarrett Hurd is one of the champs there that could suit Jeff’s style, so I would target the light middleweight WBA/IBF belts if I were him.

Boxing: A review of 2018

Great fight, Moloney did Australia proud in a gutsy display, losing a very close split decision 115-113, 113-115, 113-115.

Moloney’s chance to join Fenech and Rose

Update: It looks like Fox will be showing it now from 10am on Sunday for free on Main Event (Channel 521). So pubs should have it on as well.

Moloney’s chance to join Fenech and Rose

Just goes to show how hard it is for Aussies to succeed at the top level Brendan, there are some great fighters out there on the world stage. I agree re Tommy Browne’s titles, but it’s still good to see him rebound after his loss to Mundine earlier this year. Hopefully Moloney can do the job this weekend, and lightweight George Kambosos (15-0) is a young fighter to keep an eye on for a potential future world title I think (but he is in Lomachenko and Mikey Garcia’s division, so he may have to wait a while).

Moloney’s chance to join Fenech and Rose

It doesn’t look like Fox is showing it unfortunately, online streaming looks like it will be the only option. I’ll keep an eye out for any sites later in the week and let you know.

Moloney’s chance to join Fenech and Rose

Should be a cracker Ben, I’m looking forward to it! I think it will be a split decision either way.

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez vs Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin 2 - the battle for middleweight supremacy

Match report

Canberra 24
Souths 12

The Raiders have claimed their second consecutive top 4 scalp with a 24-12 win over Souths at GIO Stadium in Canberra.

Canberra scored 18 unanswered second half points to win the match after heading into the sheds trailing 12-4 at half-time.

The Rabbitohs scored the first try of the match in the 10th minute. Damien Cook darted out of dummy half close to the line before offloading and five-eighth Cody Walker stepped through the Canberra defence to score.

The Bunnies were in again eight minutes later when Greg Inglis beat Joey Leilua close to the line to barge his way over. Today was Inglis’ first game back after being out with a broken thumb for the past six weeks and he generally played strongly.

The Raiders hit back nine minutes before half-time when centre Michael Oldfield grounded a Josh Hodgson grubber kick just before the dead ball line.

They scored their first second half try in the 53rd minute just after Souths interchange forward Jason Clark was sin binned for a ruck infringement. Oldfield ran strongly onto a Josh Hodgson cut out ball close to the line to score his second try.

That made the score 12-10 to Souths, but the Raiders hit the front for the first time in the match in the 64th minute when five-eighth Blake Austin threw a great ball to charging backrower Sia Soliola and he scored near the posts.

Winger Nic Cotric then capped off a great performance with a determined try in the 71st minute. He burst onto the ball from dummy half and used his strength and footwork to get the ball down.

The loss is Souths third on the trot after they were also beaten by the Broncos and the Roosters in the last few weeks.

Raiders’ supporters will be wondering what might have been if they had been able to string a few more wins together this year.

Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs: NRL live scores, blog

Full-time

The hooter sounds and it’s victory for CANBERRA!

CANBERRA 24
SOUTHS 12

Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs: NRL live scores, blog

79’ Williams slots the penalty.

CANBERRA 24
SOUTHS 12

Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs: NRL live scores, blog

78’ Penalty to the Raiders, they’ll take a shot at goal to wind the clock down.

CANBERRA 22
SOUTHS 12

Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs: NRL live scores, blog

77’ Canberra are caught on the last, Souths back in possession 10 metres out from their own line but now get driven back into the in goal! Repeat set for the Raiders.

CANBERRA 22
SOUTHS 12

Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs: NRL live scores, blog

76’ Scrum feed for the Raiders 20 metres out after Inglis knocks a pass down.

CANBERRA 22
SOUTHS 12

Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs: NRL live scores, blog

75’ Penalty to Canberra, they’ll take the tap near halfway.

CANBERRA 22
SOUTHS 12

Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs: NRL live scores, blog

74’ The Raiders defence hangs on with Hunt caught two metres short on the last tackle! Great tackle from Whitehead on Inglis in that set too!

CANBERRA 22
SOUTHS 12

Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs: NRL live scores, blog

73’ Short kick off from Souths and they get the ball back!

CANBERRA 22
SOUTHS 12

Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs: NRL live scores, blog

72’ Nick Cotric charging onto the ball from dummy half 10 metres out to score a determined try. He’s had a great game today. Williams converts!

CANBERRA 22
SOUTHS 12

Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs: NRL live scores, blog

71’ Try!! Canberra (Cotric)

CANBERRA 20
SOUTHS 12

Kick to come.

Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs: NRL live scores, blog

70’ A grubber kick from Cook on his own 20 sparks a 50 metre Souths break! But there is an error at the end of the movement and the Raiders are back in possession.

CANBERRA 16
SOUTHS 12

Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs: NRL live scores, blog

69’ Souths now working it out from their own line.

CANBERRA 16
SOUTHS 12

Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs: NRL live scores, blog

68’ The Raiders back in possession on their own 30.

CANBERRA 16
SOUTHS 12

Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs: NRL live scores, blog

67’ Bomb from Williams to complete the restart set, Johnston taken on his own 20.

CANBERRA 16
SOUTHS 12

Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs: NRL live scores, blog

65’ Great ball from Blake Austin to put a charging Sia Soliola over near the posts. Williams converts.

CANBERRA 16
SOUTHS 12

Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs: NRL live scores, blog

64’ Try!! Canberra (Soliola)

CANBERRA 14
SOUTHS 12

Kick to come.

Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs: NRL live scores, blog