Kalivath Gerald Meehan
(born 1970-03-09 in Fiji) is a New Zealand boxer,
turned pro after a career in rugby.
Meehan had an Amateur
Record of 23-5.
Meehan's memorable appearances include a contested
loss in the WBO heavyweight title boot to Lamon
Brewster, KO loss to Hasim Rahman, and a first-round
TKO loss to Danny Williams in another title bout
for British Commonwealth crown.
He had been the Australian
heavyweight champion with multiple successful
defenses until 2000 when he vacated the title.
Most recently in
October 2007, Meehan upset contender DaVarryl
Williamson, knocking him down and winning via
a TKO in the 6th round. (Credit:
Meehan on YouTube
loses fight but wins over Vegas - 6th September
The Sydney Morning Herald)
Promoter Don King has promised to give Kali Meehan
another heavyweight world title shot after the
Australian-based underdog lost a controversial
split points decision on Saturday night.
filled the Mandalay Bay casino's 12,000-seat arena
after it was announced America's Lamon Brewster
had retained his World Boxing Organisation heavyweight
title by the slimmest margin.
one of the judges, Dave Moretti, had given the
final round to Meehan, the former bouncer and
council garbage worker from New Zealand would
have created boxing history and caused one of
the biggest upsets in the sport.
the eighth round, Brewster, clinging to the ropes,
was lucky to survive after Meehan battered him
with almost 30 successive powerful right hands.
going to bring Kali back," King, who promotes
Meehan and Brewster, said. "A little bit
more experience and he would have been a world
who also promotes World Boxing Association champion
John Ruiz and International Boxing Federation
champion Chris Byrd, virtually controls the heavyweight
division and has earmarked Meehan for another
big-money bout in the US later this year.
going to have a heavyweight show in November or
December, and Kali can certainly play a major
part in that," King said. "He can fight
anyone now. His amateur standing is gone. He has
an opportunity now, everyone now knows who he
is and I'm going to try and do something for him.
I like him a lot."
praise was music to Meehan's ears.
keen to fight again in America," said Meehan,
who wore a pair of Parramatta Eels socks into
the ring in gratitude to the league club for helping
him prepare for the bout.
think I've proven I can fight at this level. My
aim was to win the fight and win over the boxing
public and win some American fans. I didn't win
the fight, but I think I won some fans."
34-year-old battler did win the hearts of the
American boxing community with his gutsy effort.
As Meehan walked into the post-fight press conference
with a bag of ice wrapped around his swollen right
hand, American reporters, who had given him no
Vegas bookmakers had also written Meehan off,
making him a 4-1 outsider, while Brewster was
regarded as unbeatable, being at 5-1 on.
and Brewster both showered praise on the journeyman,
who moved from New Zealand six years ago and is
based in Wyong. "Kali Meehan brings heart
and skills to the table," Brewster said.
"Everybody was saying this man was an underdog,
but I knew this guy was smart, had quick reflexes
and could punch."
refused to be bitter about his controversial loss
and declined to criticise the judges. "I'm
not a bitter man," he said. "That's
not what I'm about."
regularly beat Brewster to the punch and battered
him with his jab, and blood streamed from the
American's nose as early as the second round.
gave Brewster three of the final four rounds and
another judge, Nelson Vasquez, gave Brewster the
final four rounds - just enough for Brewster to
keep his WBO belt.
final result was Moretti (114-113) and Vasquez
(115-113) in favour of Brewster, while Adalaide
Byrd gave the fight to Meehan (114-113).
Essen, Germany, Australia's world-ranked super-middleweight
Nader Hamdan suffered only his second loss in
38 professional fights.
was stopped in the 12th and final round by unbeaten
Armenian Arthur Abraham in their contest for the
vacant WBA middleweight title.
Man Australia is delighted to be offering some
new media assistance to Kali Meehan