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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 22 August 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 22 AUGUST 2015 29 SPORT Melbourne boxer Manny Vlamis wins state boxing title Title win could be a stepping stone GEORGE STOGIANNOU Melbourne-born boxer Manny Vlamis won the vacant Victorian Light Heavyweight title at Hisense Arena on Wednesday night, after defeating Victorian boxer Eric Diamandstein on a split decision from the judges. Fighting on the undercard to the Danny Green-Roberto Bolonti fight, 33-year-old Vlamis, who is ranked eighth in his division in Australia, described the bout as a mustwin fight for him. "If I failed and didn't win, people would say I lost to a guy who's only had five or six fights. I had a lot of pressure on me to perform." Reflecting on his performance afterwards, Vlamis commented: "It wasn't an Aclass performance, maybe a B-performance. I did a lot of things I could've done a bit better. My fitness was good, my aggression was good. It's hard to dance with someone who doesn't want to dance with you. He was taking backward steps, he was trying to catch me with the counterpunching as I was coming in. He wasn't really there, standing with me, punching on." In the end, Vlamis was hap- py to get the result. As for the title of Victorian Light Heavyweight belt holder, Vlamis has won it before, three years ago. "I'm back to square one, where I was three years ago, but it's a stepping stone. It does help you get other fights." By his own admission, Vlamis's boxing career has been a bit stop-start. He's had to take breaks to recover from injuries. He's taken other breaks for his wife to have a baby, buy a house. "Normal things in life. When these things come up in life, you've got to be responsible. You've got to put Spartans into fifth consecutive grand final A 39 point win sets up another showdown with Old Xaverians tomorrow A fast-starting Hawthorn Spartans defeated Richmond Central by 39 points to qualify for the 2015 Grand Final. The Spartans raced out to a 39-point lead at quarter time, thanks to six unanswered goals, and that margin would remain at full time. Despite going into the main break 45 points up, with the scores locked at 11.7.73 to 4.4.28, the Spartans were wayward in the second half, piling on threegoals-10. The final scores read 14.17.101 to 9.8.62, to set up a grand final between the Spartans get around each other to belt out the club song. top two finishing sides of the home-and-away season. Hawthorn, with former AFL stars Angelo Lekkas and Ang Christou, will be looking to make amends after their loss to the Old Xaverians in the semi-finals two weeks ago. The Spartans will be looking to make it two premierships from five grand finals and are urging all fans to get down to Sportscover Arena on Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick at 2.00 pm to spur on the side. things in perspective." Working as a bricklayercarpenter for a construction company during the day, he must somehow find time to cross-fit train two mornings a week and train each day after work in a Glenroy gym under trainer Daryl Ford. Having an understanding family helps. Vlamis clearly loves the sport. "Boxing, you don't get paid a lot of money at the domestic level so I'm not really doing it for the money. I'm doing it to fulfill the dream." Vlamis explains the dream as follows: "At the end of 2011, start of 2012, I was world rated in the top 15 by the WBA. I would like to get world rated again. Whether I can do that or not, we've made the right step by winning the Victorian title. That's the first step.." He believes a number of things need to happen for him to achieve world rating again. "I need to stay active, probably another one or two fights this year, so that I have four fights for the year. I need some people to get behind me, some corporate people to get behind me." He says that the boxers getting to the top level "have a very good team around them, good trainer, good promoter, good managers. They've got everyone working for them, as well as talent and a bit of luck. You've got to have everything working for you to get to your end goal. If you haven't got that, it's not going to happen. That's how I feel." Kokkinakis responds to controversy Youngster says friend Nick Kyrgios was out of line with comments Tennis up-and-comer Thanasi Kokkinakis has stated that he's faced sleepless nights following Nick Kyrgios' "Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend" sledge to world number five Stan Wawrinka last week. Kokkinakis said Kyrgios had apologised to him for making the comment, centred around Croatian tennis player Donna Vekic, during a match between Kyrgios and Wawrinka in Montreal. "I let him know. I made it pretty clear that he can't be doing that. If he's got a problem, he's got to say it in private," he said, after qualifying for the Cincinnati Masters in the US. "The way he went about it definitely wasn't the right thing." Thanasi Kokkinakis has responded to Nick Kyrgios’s comments. PHOTO: AP PHOTO/DAVID KOHL. The controversy followed Kokkinakis throughout the week, when his match against American Ryan Harrison became heated after Harrison reportedly sledged the youngster about the matter. "It's been interesting. It's been a circus." "I haven't gotten much sleep on the nights of the two incidents." "But luckily enough, I re- covered and I'm playing a tournament at the moment, so I'm trying to focus on that and I'm happy I found a way to get the win." Kokkinakis has won 15 of 16 qualifying matches in 2015.
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