At the age of 29, Paul is a nine-year pro. A contender at 130 pounds, he is a former international amateur standout who represented Australia in the 2008 Olympic Games.
He has fought 21 times in his native Australia, two times in China, and one time each in the Philippines and the United States.
In his last fight on December 13 in Brisbane, he won by seventh-round TKO against Vergil Puton.
Grantlee Kieza reported in The Cairns Post [excerpts]: North Queensland’s Olympian Paul Fleming declared he was ready for an opponent among the world’s top five after an impressive seventh-round stoppage of Filipino Vergil Puton on the Horn-Corcoran undercard.
The fight ended with Puton suffering a severe eye injury. The Filipino made the junior-lightweight fight competitive….
“I was really happy with the performance,” Fleming said. “I just have to fight more regularly to show what can I do on the world stage.”
Paul returned to the ring on October 13 in Bankstown, Australia, for the first time in a year, and won by second-round knockout against Sadiki Momba.
Maxboxing.com’s Anthony Cocks reported [excerpts]: Undefeated super featherweight Paul “Showtime” Fleming is the forgotten man of Australian boxing.
Fleming has largely flown under the radar in recent years. It hasn’t helped that multiple fights have fallen through or that a ligament strain has kept him out of the ring for much of the year.
Bouts booked on the undercard of Joseph Parker’s title winning effort against Andy Ruiz, Jeff Horn’s breakthrough victory over Manny Pacquiao, and Zou Shiming’s last show all fell through for one reason or another.
Fleming punched his ticket for knockout of the year with his first fight in almost twelve months.
Fleming showed little signs of ring rust as he made short work of Tanzanian Sadiki Momba, who fell just 0:28 seconds into the second round of a scheduled eight round bout.
The crowd at the Emporium Function Centre in Bankstown, Sydney, erupted in cheers when the slingshot looping left from the southpaw connected with the chin of Momba with a whip-like crack. He was out cold before he hit the canvas.
Despite his time away from the prize ring, Fleming has stayed active in the gym, often sparring with some of the best talent in and around his weight class like former national and regional champion Valentine Borg and world ranked pair Nathaniel May and Darragh Foley.
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Paul told Anson Wainwright of 15Rounds.com [Mar. 3, 2011 – excerpts]: “I’m a flashy southpaw with fast hands and a bit of pop. I can fight on the inside if required, but have a good eye thanks to my Aboriginal genes. I’m a well-rounded fighter.
“Tully is such a small town, everyone knows everyone. I was a lonely kid, I grew up in the bush on the farms riding motorbikes, climbing trees, bushwalking. It’s an amazing place, and when my boxing career is finished, I want to move back there again and live a quiet life, grow vegetables, very simple, you know!
“I was always into fighting, karate, boxing, etc. All that I used to watch was Karate Kid, Ninja Turtles, and my dad used to teach me how to punch. He would get on his knees and spar with me when I was around four. I’ve always seemed to have a set of boxing gloves and it was either football or boxing, and when I remained small, I decided to take boxing seriously.
“My final amateur record was 83-17. The best I fought was Khedafi Djelkhir at the Olympics, he won the silver medal. It was a close fight. I lost by four points. I won the National titles quite a few times (Both Junior and Senior), Oceania, the Chemistry Cup, and also won a bronze at the 2006 World Juniors.
“I fought a lot of the top amateurs in the world. Djelkhir as mentioned, Stephen Smith, Idel Torriente, Joel Brunker, Luke Jackson, and many others.
“I’m a simple person. Give me a TV and some movies, and I’ll be right for days. I’m lazy when not training. I love just hanging out with my close friends and going to dinner. My hobby is tattoos. I love going to tattoo shows and helping mates design their tattoos. Strange, I know, but it’s what I love.
“I’ll put on a show every time I get in the ring, and I’m planning to show every aspect of boxing. I’ll fight, box, move, do everything that my ring name suggests I’ll do. I’ll live up to the ‘Showtime’ Paul Fleming name.”