In the opening bout of the day, 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Anja Stridsman progressed to the final of the tournament with a 2nd round stoppage against Victoria’s Ellie Fry. Stridsman will fight Queensland’s Angel Rushton on Saturday night in the final of the Women’s lightweight (60kg) division. Angel is the daughter of renowned trainer Glenn Rushton.
The men’s featherweight (57kg) division saw points wins to South Australia’s Domenic Marciano and Western Australia’s Charlie Senior (over Lorenz Daley and Connor Read respectively). Marciano fights the number one seed Orion Brown from Queensland, while Senior fights Victoria’s number two seed Jack Bowen in the first session this afternoon.
A major upset occurred in the last of the men’s welterweight (69kg) quarter-finals. Mark Borg from Sydney scored a close, but unanimous decision over the number two seed Terry Nickolas. Nickolas, who represented Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, had lost narrowly in the final of the previous two national titles to Jason Mallia, and many were expecting these two to again compete in the final. Borg fights Elias Awad from Victoria in tonight’s semi-final after Awad went through on a technical decision. Mallia accounted for Queensland’s Dylan Biggs by unanimous decision and will fight Queensland’s Connor Wilcox, who overcame Shaun Schaff by a split decision.
The quarter-finals of the stacked women’s flyweight (51kg) division opened the evening session. Number one seed Vivianna Ruiz easily accounted for Queensland’s Sarah Watt by unanimous decision in the first bout and will meet Lauren Camilleri tonight. Camilleri dominated Jemma Peart, winning 30-24 on all cards over three rounds. 2014 Commonwealth Games participant and 2016 world championship bronze medalist Kristy Harris defeated Ricki Beatson on points and will fight Antonia Konstantopolous, who narrowly outpointed Astrid Carmelo.
In the Men’s middleweight (75kg) quarter-finals, number one seed Adrian Cammarano advanced after a technical decision against Douglas McDonnell. Cammarano faced 2018 Commonwealth Games representative Campbell Sommerville in one of the best matchups of tonight’s evening session. Queensland’s Luca Fiora won every round against Troy Macnamara and will face Kirra Ruston in the other semi-final tonight after Ruston narrowly outpointed Benn Hussain.
The final bouts took place in the men’s heavyweight (91kg) division. Top seed Austin Aokoso won a split decision over Adrian Paoletti and will fight Gianni Riboni, who overcame Bladen Baird, also by split decision. Tonight’s other semi-final will see Western Australias Brandon Rees, who dominated Todd Slaughter, against Jackson Welsh, who outpointed David Hadfield.
This afternoon’s bouts start at 1PM, with the women’s welterweight and middleweight semi-finals before the men’s flyweight, featherweight and lightweight semis. The evening session has the women’s flyweight and featherweight matches, before the men’s welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight semi-finals. The full draw is available here, and the pay per view is available here.