Exiled former NRL star Tim Simona was supplied a impolite awakening in his boxing debut with terrific Jeff Fenech raging above a late stoppage in Sydney.
Simona, booted from the NRL in 2016 for betting on matches, battled a gambling and cocaine addiction that even noticed him steal from a club charity fundraiser to fund his addictions.
Making an attempt to present his athletic potential in his cruiserweight debut at The Star, Simona was properly overwhelmed by Aaron Cocco, with a doctor’s stoppage coming late in the third of 4 rounds.
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But Fenech was discouraged by how late the final decision came, just after Simona was belted for virtually the total fight and confirmed minimum defence for most of the third round.
“Great perform by the health practitioner, which is what it was. It’s a wonderful work due to the fact the referee should’ve stopped it, and the corner should’ve stopped it. I’m not gonna pull any punches in this article – to me, which is not a fantastic glance,” he stated.
“Of class the battle should’ve been stopped. The referee’s standing there looking at this guy get strike without having coming again.
“In the 1st round it was Simona that opened up landing 10 or 12 punches … it appeared like Cocco was gonna do what Simona did.
“I feel he (Simona) figured out it is a little bit tougher than taking part in soccer. But he place up a wonderful show, the initially spherical I considered this could possibly be a enormous acquire for him, but the doctor’s performed the right point and I take my hat off to him.”