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Joey Leilua has defeated Chris Heighington by unanimous choice and in the method silenced his critics in a large way although a peculiar call-out from John Hopoate prompted drama.

“For all those people haters that f***ing reported I simply cannot very last 4 rounds, thanks mate,” Leilua explained put up-struggle.

“You gave me the inspiration tonight. I realized I could battle, I just needed to f***ing display the whole entire world that I could f***ing final 4 rounds.

“You stare on prime of me remaining fats and simply cannot very last four rounds, you know what? F*** yourselves, there you go.”

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Leilua was not the only a single who felt that way even though.

Heighington could have clashed with the former Tigers and Raiders star in advance of Wednesday’s combat but was complementary right after the bout was carried out.

“He pressured nicely and held me nicely. Credit rating to Joey, every person hates on him but I can see the superior in the dude. All the ideal around in England, Joey,” he mentioned.

“We had a chat early days in the promo and he was Alright. I’m not judging him on what he said right before the combat. All the finest to him.”

“I’m stoked I obtained in here. I’m 39-decades-previous, I just took on a little bit of a beast so I’m pretty proud. Didn’t get the W but, who cares I bought in there and experienced a go.”

There was also a bizarre run-in with John Hopoate and Leilua’s wife, as unveiled by Paul Kent.

“After the battle, John Hopoate who is in this article in the audience went around to his corner and appeared to be calling him out,” Kent told Major Occasion.

“Joey’s spouse and coach instructed him in which to go.”

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Joey Leilua defeats Chris Heighington. Picture: Jeremy Piper
Joey Leilua defeats Chris Heighington. Photograph: Jeremy PiperResource: Information Corp Australia

A quite near initial two rounds reported Leilua commence a little bit more robust but Heighington was also in a position to land a few of solid punches.

A reasonably uneventful 3rd spherical noticed the pair talked to by the referee following ongoing clinching slowed down the motion.

Heighington was even warned at one particular issue by the referee for tackling.

“It’s not football, it’s boxing,” he was instructed.

In the conclusion, neither could land the decisive shot with the struggle heading the length and to the scorecards, with Leilua coming out on top.