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Bittersweet win for Bennett Chad “Hollywood” Bennett v Pablo Martin “Bad Boy” Barboza: All the action from Wests Leagues New Lambton. Picture: Peter Stoop
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Chad “Hollywood” Bennett v Pablo Martin “Bad Boy” Barboza: All the action from Wests Leagues New Lambton. Picture: Peter Stoop

Chad “Hollywood” Bennett v Pablo Martin “Bad Boy” Barboza: All the action from Wests Leagues New Lambton. Picture: Peter Stoop

Chad “Hollywood” Bennett v Pablo Martin “Bad Boy” Barboza: All the action from Wests Leagues New Lambton. Picture: Peter Stoop

Chad “Hollywood” Bennett v Pablo Martin “Bad Boy” Barboza: All the action from Wests Leagues New Lambton. Picture: Peter Stoop

Chad “Hollywood” Bennett v Pablo Martin “Bad Boy” Barboza: All the action from Wests Leagues New Lambton. Picture: Peter Stoop

Chad “Hollywood” Bennett v Pablo Martin “Bad Boy” Barboza: All the action from Wests Leagues New Lambton. Picture: Peter Stoop

Chad “Hollywood” Bennett v Pablo Martin “Bad Boy” Barboza: All the action from Wests Leagues New Lambton. Picture: Peter Stoop

Chad “Hollywood” Bennett v Pablo Martin “Bad Boy” Barboza: All the action from Wests Leagues New Lambton. Picture: Peter Stoop

TweetFacebookNEWCASTLE’S Chad ‘‘Hollywood’’ Bennett overcame the disappointment of missing his world title shot by stopping Argentinian champion Pablo Martin ‘‘Bad Boy’’ Barboza at Wests New Lambton on Saturday night.

Bennett suffered a suspected broken left thumb delivering the winning body shot about 20 seconds into the fifth of 10 scheduled rounds. He will have X-rays this week.

The bout was supposed to be for the International Boxing Organisation world lightweight belt, but 41-year-old Bennett could not make the weight of 61.2 kilograms by the weigh-in deadline on Friday, so he and Barboza agreed to fight at a heavier catchweight.

‘‘It was bittersweet,’’ Bennett said of the technical knockout. ‘‘I went out and did the job, but it was hard to motivate myself after not making the weight, so I’m just going to weigh up my options over the next few days or so.

‘‘There’s a couple of things in the pipeline, but I’m just not sure which way to go at the moment.’’

Chad Bennett holds his injured hand as Pablo Martin Barboza is counted on Saturday night. Picture: Peter Stoop

Bennett said he struggled to find his mark in the early rounds against the 30-year-old Argentinian southpaw then had to withstand some punishment in the fourth.

‘‘It was a very awkward fight. He’s a southpaw and I was missing badly in the first couple of rounds,’’ he said.

‘‘I was hitting him with some good body shots and ended up dropping him in the fifth with a shot that I didn’t think was that good.

‘‘I think I hit him directly on the hip bone and might have broken my thumb because I felt the pain shoot right through my hand.

‘‘He came out pretty hard in the fourth round and probably won that round, then when he went down in the fifth, I was worried about him getting back up because my left hand was swollen and I thought I’d broken my thumb for sure.’’

Bennett’s 16-year career record improved to 36 wins, including 27 by knockout, and three draws from 43 fights. It was Barboza’s third loss by knockout and fifth overall from 28 fights.

Toowoomba-based Filipino Jack ‘‘The Assassin’’ Asis is the new IBO world super-featherweight champion after an eighth-round technical knockout of ‘‘Mister Frenzy’’ Kye Mackenzie in a high-calibre main event that could generate a rematch.

‘‘It will have to get nominated for fight of the year,’’ Bennett said. ‘‘There was some talk of a rematch, but they’re going to have to wait until the dust settles.

‘‘I don’t know how keen the Asis camp will be to give Kye another bite at the cherry, but money talks all languages.

‘‘If that fight happens, it would be great to bring it back to Newcastle, but it was such a good fight it might be out of our price bracket to bring it back here.’’

The previously unbeaten Mackenzie was ahead 69-64 and 67-65 on two of the judges’ cards and 31-year-old Asis led 69-64 on the other when referee Garry Dean stopped the fight.

‘‘It was a great fight and it was one that Newcastle boxing fans will be talking about for a long time because it was entertainment from the opening bell to the end,’’ Bennett said.

‘‘Both fighters and their entourages handled themselves so professionally before, during and after the fight, and Kye Mackenzie was really gracious in defeat.

‘‘Kye’s only 22 and it was his first defeat, but he’ll go away and learn from that. He got a bit trigger-happy and was on top of Jack early and tried to take him out, but Jack hung in there, he used his experience, and turned the table on him.

‘‘It was Kye’s first loss, but he’s got world champion written all over him and he’ll come back twice the fighter.’’

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