Newcastle boxer Chad ‘‘Hollywood’’ Bennett hopes he is one win on foreign soil away from securing a world title fight in his home town after a fourth-round knockout of Ghana’s James Armah in their rematch at Newcastle Panthers on Friday night.
Bennett successfully defended the World Boxing Organisation Oriental and Asia Pacific junior welterweight belts he won when he stopped Armah in the eighth of 12 rounds in their first meeting at the same venue on June 1.
Armah, a two-time former Commonwealth champion, cried foul after that fight, complaining it was stopped prematurely because he was ahead on two of the three scorecards and he believed he should have been given the chance to continue.
But there were no protests on Friday night after referee Brad Griffiths counted Armah out just as he regained his feet with about 30 seconds left in the fourth round.
Bennett trapped Armah in a corner with a flurry of 20 unanswered punches and the African fighter was finished.
‘‘He’s a very good boxer and he boxed really well at the start of the fight, and he hit me a lot,’’ Bennett told the Herald yesterday.
‘‘The game plan was to try to pressure him and suck a bit of fuel out of him then later in the fight bail him into a corner, similar to what happened last time, but this time it happened a lot earlier than I expected.
‘‘He started to tire a bit in the fourth round and he went into a corner, then I jumped on him in the corner, landed some good shots, and that was the end of him.
‘‘I landed some good shots, and the left hook I hit him with was probably the best punch I’ve thrown in a long time, and that hit him flush.
‘‘I thought he was going to get back up – he tried to get back up – but the referee counted him out, and they didn’t complain at all this time.’’
Bennett, the two-time former World Boxing Foundation welterweight champion, will speak to American-based promoter Vlad Warton this week to finalise details of his next fight against Ghanaian national welterweight champion Ben Ankrah next month.
That has been tentatively scheduled for November 17 in Las Vegas or Lake Tahoe. If he wins, Bennett hopes to headline a Warton-promoted WBO world junior welterweight title fight at Newcastle Entertainment Centre in February.
‘‘I’ve had a few missed calls from Vlad, but I’ll speak to him this week.
‘‘It looks like November 17 and he’s just locking in a venue, so I’m back at training on Tuesday, all guns blazing,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve got Ben Ankrah to concentrate on now, and a win there hopefully means a world title fight against Cesar Cuenca in Newcastle in February, which would be a dream come true.’’
Former Knight Cory Paterson won his first professional fight, knocking out Sydney’s Anton Tuilotolava 30 seconds into the second round of their support bout.
Chad ‘‘Hollywood’’ Bennett gets Ghana’s James Armah in a tight spot on Saturday night. Picture: Simone De Peak