Toby Smith announced himself to the world at Powerplay 24 over the
weekend, TKOing Aussie Muay Thai legend ‘John’ Wayne Parr in the third
round of their highly-anticipated match at the Melbourne Pavilion.
Smith pressed forward the entire fight, worrying JWP with nasty elbows
and close-in knee strikes. Backing JWP up against the ropes in the
third, ‘The Weapon’ Smith connected with a vicious short elbow that
fractured the legend’s orbital bone and crumpled him to the canvas where
he was counted-out by the referee.
DJ Ruby Rose has won a charity boxing match after just three months of training against a fighter with only two years’ experience.
Rose went head to head with lightweight Yi Sia at Moonie Valley racecourse tonight.
She won all three of the two-minute rounds on points and was announced as the winner, 60 to 44, by referee Bryce Birtwistle.
After the amateur fight, Rose told the Herald Sun she jumped at the chance to learn how to box after being invited to take part in the event, which raised money for youth mental health foundation Headspace.
”There’s a lot celebrities can do for charity, like Dancing with the Stars but I’m not much of a dancer,” Rose said.
Rose who has battled with alcohol addiction said she would never forget the experience.
”This Saturday coming up is my one year of being sober and it feels incredible and I’ve just had my first amateur boxing match,” Rose said.
”It’s crazy. A year and a half ago, I couldn’t have done this,” Rose said.
Rose said she trained for two to three hours a day for the past two months.
”I went up against a boxer whose been boxing for two years and she was a delight, really great to box with.
”She really put me through the works.”
A sufferer of depression in her teenage years, Rose has been a long-time ambassador for the foundation.
She said she would be keen to compete in a similar event.