The clash between Alderton and Clark was held as the main-event on a stacked Team Ellis card full of Victorian talent. With the likes of Cameron Eyes, Andrew Wallace, Ben Capps, Mark Smith and Korobo Etto all supporting the heavy-hitting Alderton and Clark, and the hundreds of passionate supporters in attendance, Once Upon A Time At The Melbourne Pavilion was an event to remember.
From the opening bell, fans were on the edge of their seats; with the general feeling that any punch landed by either fighter could be the last of the fight; with both boys having tremendous KO power. With the early exchanges favouring the Geelong local Alderton, he was able to take control of the first couple of rounds, surprising Clark with his effective jab and being able to catch Clark coming in. With Clark trying to load up too much on his punches, in the 3rd round he started to let his hands go; catching Alderton with a flurry of shots on several occasions.
As the 4th round progressed, the tide of the fight changed; with Clark appearing to suffer a debilitating knee injury; struggling to put any weight on the leg. Clearly hurt by the injury, Alderton jumped on the opportunity, landing a solid right hand, and sent Clark to the canvas for the first time in his professional career.
Clint Alderton would go on to beat Mitchell Clark via a split decision; with the final judges card having it a one point sway to Alderton; winning the contest in a closely fought bout. With Clark suffering an injury to his right knee; and in turn getting a knock down ruled against him, the fight was very close on the scorecards. In a fight where no one expected to hear the final bell, the two gladiators battled it out in the squared circle for 8 hard rounds; in a fight that has REMATCH written all over it.
To see both Alderton and Clark in action again; make sure you get along to Team Ellis' next event on November the 25th- where they will both be fighting alongside each other.
With 13 knockdowns on the night, Team Ellis' second show for 2016 was action-packed from the get-go. Several dual-knockdown fights and plenty of devastating KO's got the crowd on their feet. The semi-main event between defending Victorian Light Welterweight Champion Cameron Eyes and Andrew Wallace would've been fight of the night; were it not for Clark and Alderton taking that accolade. Eyes and Wallace went toe-to-toe for 8 brutal rounds; working on the inside in some tough exchanges. Whilst Wallace pushed the champion, roughing him up on the inside and trying to have his way with him, Eyes' precision punching and work-rate proved too much for the veteran Wallace; winning the fight via unanimous decision.
The full results of Once Upon A Time At The Melbourne Pavilion are as follows:
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