SAM Ah-See’s march towards an Australian light middleweight title continued on Friday night when he scored a majority decision victory over Arnel Tinampay at the Black Money fight night at Dubbo RSL Club.
Ah-See, whose journey has seen him move to Orange and now Sydney, took his career record to eight wins and one technical draw from nine fights, with the promise of plenty more to come.
With a raucous crowd behind him, Ah-See dominated the big moments of the fight, scoring the verdict from two of the three judges while the other scored the bout as a draw.
But the discrepancy in the judges’ views mattered little to the fighter himself, who admitted he was happy to come through the fight with another win on his record.
“He was a really awkward opponent and he fought nothing like what we had seen on some of his tapes,” Ah-See said.
“I never felt like he was going to knock me out and I felt I was in control of the fight for the majority of it, but it was a tough fight so I’m happy I came through.
“He threw a lot of wild shots I suppose you’d call them, and the thing I will take out of the fight is that my defence and anticipation was really up to the mark because I didn’t feel like he nailed me too many times.”
Tinampay had never been stopped in his previous fights and while Ah-See wasn’t able to knock the Thai to the canvas he controlled the fight for the bulk of the eight rounds.
His attention will now turn towards a title bout at the next Black Money event in Orange in November.
And he is hopeful of receiving the same support he had on Friday night.
“I’m lucky when I fight out here because I have such great support,” Ah-See said.
“Because I was born here in Dubbo I’ve still got family here and they were here tonight, and because I grew up in Orange I hope I’ll have that same support again.
“It’s tough when you’re in the ring to really appreciate the crowd because you’re focused on fighting your fight and watching your opponent, but I knew they were behind me.”