Hurricane Futa Shocks Will Tomlinson in 40 sec’s First Round KO.
With one punch, Hurricane Futa tipped the landscape of the Australian lightweight division on its head. While some in the viewing audience saw Futa as a live underdog in his ten-round Interim WBA Oceania Lightweight title fight with Will Tomlinson, few expected him to possess such explosive punching power, particularly with one punch.
Futa, 28, emphatically stamped his ticket in the lightweight title picture by this statement. The fight was short and the ending was abrupt, with Futa crowned at 0:40 in the opening stanza. The fight started with Tomlinson (now 25-3-1, 13 KOs) and Futa (now 21-6-1, 12 KOs) in the centre of the ring, trading jabs. The pair briefly tangled and wrestled before almost falling out of the ring and onto the canvas. In the immediate aftermath, the duo traded left hooks with Futa getting a cleaner connection and the knockdown. The 30-year-old Tomlinson was in no condition to continue and Ignatius Missailidis quickly called the fight.
I’m not sure what punch caught me, said Tomlinson in his post-fight interview, but I’ll watch it back, re-evaluate my situation and see if the problem can be fixed. This will now be the WBA Oceania Lightweight champion Brandon Ogilvie’s mandatory which will be a mouth-watering fight that will excite not only the boxing purists but also the boxing public.