11 Sep 2008

Hopoate the new Australian heavyweight boxing champion

6:49 am on 11 September 2008

The former rugby league bad boy John Hopoate is the new Australian heavyweight boxing champion.

The Sydney fighter finished defending champion Bob Mirovic deep into the ninth round of an epic bout at the Gold Coast convention centre last night.

Hopoate cornered Mirovic and hit him with more than six clean punches to knock the 42-year-old to the floor.

Mirovic got to his feet but his trainer Jeff Fenech threw in the towel to end the fight.