Former Lightweight world title challenger, Lenny Zappavigna returned to the ring on Friday night in Bankstown with a 3rd round TKO victory over New Zealand’s-Brad Milner.
The fight was Zappavigna’s first since losing an IBF world title eliminator to Panama’s-Ameth Diaz in August of 2011. The Australian’s only other fight in 2011 was under the light at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada where Zappavigna lost his world title fight to Mexican, Miguel Vazquez in a tough unanimous decision.
“The two losses were such a big wake up call,” Zappavigna told Aus-Boxing.com. “It was a learning curve for me, retirement was never in my mind. I’m a fighter, my motivation is stronger then ever.”
“My plan is to keep winning and to take one fight at a time for now and believe me it will happen, I’ll be back.”
“I have seen greater losses than mine, from champions. I feel just as strong as any Lightweight in the world. I’m 24 years old, and still learning and growing within the industry. I have a great nutritionist now which will be helpful, and my team and I have experienced so much that we will be better than ever.”
In the co-feature bout, rising Super Middleweight-Bilal Akkawy (4-0) recorded yet another first round knockout victory this time over Fabian Sullivan.