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Welliver waiting in the wings

01/06/2010 by Craig Hardie: Kiwi/US Heavyweight Contender Chauncy “The Hillyard Hammer” Welliver (42-5-5) has now positioned himself nicely in the world of heavyweight boxing after winning a shutout points decision over former New Zealand Heavyweight Champion Daniel Tai in a WBO Asia-Pacific Heavyweight Title fight. Just over 10 days ago Welliver was once affectionately known as “The Fat dorky white guy.” After weighing in close to his career best for the Tai bout, Welliver has reverted back to his original moniker “The Hillyard Hammer” and dominated Tai in a Tauranga, New Zealand promotion..

The bout itself was a real dog fight, with Tai throwing plenty of elbows, headbutts and low blows to accompany his lunging lead right hooks and wild left rips. With Tai making it a dirty, rough encounter Welliver must be given credit for making a fight of it boxing nicely from the outside and controlling the action whilst being the busier more accurate puncher on the inside. The referee didn’t help the situation allowing Tai to get away with his dirty tactics, but Welliver showed his determination and what many are calling newfound commitment and maturity in the game to push Tai’s tactics to the back of his mind and get on with the job of handing Tai a boxing lesson.

Welliver who spent just under a year out of the ring after his loss to Odlanier Solis in 2008 has now rededicated himself to the sport of boxing he loves. He began his revival with a 1st round TKO over David Gemmell and has now gone 7-0 since his defeat to Solis slowly increasing the level of opposition whilst defending his New Zealand Heavyweight title and picking up the WBO Asia-Pacific and WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Titles along the way. The Hillyard Hammer now ranked #12 WBO and #25 WBC is literally waiting in the wings, but he won’t sit idle and wait for a title shot. Welliver is scheduled to meet Galen Brown (33-14-1) and defend his WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Title July 24th in Saint Louis, Missouri. A win in Saint Louis will continue to push Welliver up the WBC rankings and already sitting just outside the WBO top 10 he is now positioning himself for a strong run to the title.

Welliver, under new trainer and former World Heavyweight title challenger Joe Hipp is in the best shape of his career but wont let himself become complacent as he continues to grind away in the gym under Hipp’s watchful eye. Hipp has Welliver in a much better head space also, as his boyhood hero and having been to the top and knowing what it takes, Hipp has been able to take Welliver to a new level. Watch his space the “Hillyard Hammer” is on the rise. The young kid from Spokane, WA has one foot in the door to being the next Native Heavyweight World title challenger.

Article posted on 31.05.2010



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