Paul Fleming
Weightclass:
Featherweight
Age:
26
Birthplace:
Tully, North Queensland, Australia
Record:
18-0, 13 KOs
Height:
5'9"
Reach:
Managers:
Cameron Dunkin and Mike Altamura
Trainers:
Billy Hussein
biography
“Showtime” 

2008 Olympian for Australia (amateur), 125 pounds…
2008 Chemistry Cup (amateur), 125 pounds - Gold Medalist…
2008 Oceanian Championships (amateur), 125 pounds - Gold Medalist…

At the age of 24, Paul is a four-year pro. A prospect at 130 pounds, he is a former international amateur standout.
He has stayed active in the ring as a pro and made good progress.
Sam Davis wrote on abc.net.au [Feb. 19, 2013 - excerpts]: Keen to show he's more than just a counterpunching southpaw, Tully boxer Paul Fleming says he's ready to go toe-to-toe with Bangkok-based fighter Pompetch Sor Sompong this Saturday night in Caloundra.
The super featherweight, still undefeated after 17 fights with 12 knockouts says he hopes for a good fight following a tough bout in December against Filipino fighter Baleeg Bangoyan.
Fleming eventually won the match comfortably but was forced to overcome a surprising flash knockdown in the first round from Bangoyan.
This time around, he says he'll abandon his typical run-and-gun style and take the fight straight to his opponent.
"Instead of falling into the category of a one-dimensional fighter we're trying different things," he says.
"We're going to come forward and apply pressure so we've been sparring and training accordingly."
Fleming says the change in style is "massive" but will help him in the long run.
"At the next level you've got to be able to stand and fight when you have to and be able to box and move," he says.
"I've got the boxing and movin' down pat and this is the other side.
"Guys won't expect me to come out there and stand in the pocket with them.
"Their whole training camps will be about fighting a boxing southpaw that moves and if I stand there with them all that basically goes up in...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2012 - in his last fight on 12-16-12 in Perth, AUST, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Balweg Bangoyan (18-6): the bout was co-featured at the Italian Club; Bangoyan scored a knockdown in the 1st round, but Paul dominated the fight after that; he outworked Bangoyan, landed the harder punches, and won by scores of 78-73, 78-73, 79-73…
On 10-6-12 in Buderim, AUST, he won by knockout (5th round) against Eddy Comaro (24-14-5): the bout headined at the Maroochydore Basketball Stadium; Paul dominated the fight and stopped Comaro at 1:03 of the 5th round; after four rounds, Paul led by shutout scores of 40-36 on all three scorecards…
On 7-13-12 in Campsie, AUST, he won by knockout (2nd round) against Kondej Sithrajtrakan (19-18): the bout was on the undercard at the Orion Function Center; Paul scored a knockdown in the 2nd round, and Sithrajtrakan was counted out at 0:28…
On 4-6-12 in Campsie he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Hwi-Jong Kim (4-3): the fight headlined at the Orion Function Center, and Paul dominated - he consistently outboxed Kim and landed the harder punches; scored 60-54 on all three scorecards…
 
2011 – on 12-2-11 in Melbourne, AUST, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Petchthongchai Sirimongkolgym (5-2): the bout was one of the co-features at the Sunshine Roller Skating Centre, and Paul quickly overwhelmed him; he scored a knockdown in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:06…
On 11-19-11 in Sydney, AUST, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Sonny Manakane (14-10-3): the fight was co-featured at the Homebush Sports Centre, and Paul quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:48…
On...
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background
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Paul had an outstanding amateur career, with 100 fights (87-13)…
He told Nathan Butler of Doghouseboxing.com [July 5, 2011 - excerpts]: It’s has been a great start, little frustrating at times, but one that I’ve enjoyed very much, and now is taking another positive step…. I’m especially happy for my Mum and sister who can see my career heading places after what’s been a challenging couple of years for our family.
With Dad passing away only a couple of years ago, it really is me now there to support my Mum and sister, and everything I do in boxing is for them. Mum lost the house at home in Tully this year as a result of, firstly, the damage caused in Cyclone Yasi, but then the disastrous floods and she has had to vacate, so it has been a hard couple of years. With me down in Sydney to further my career, it makes it hard to be there or available easily to be with them. In saying that however, they know I’m here for them and I hope in the years to come to support them in a big way.” [End Butler item]
AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:
2008 OLYMPICS - Beijing, Peoples Republic of China, 125 pounds: in his first fight on 8-11-08 he lost a 13-9 decision against Khedafi Djelkhir of France…
2008 CHEMISTRY CUP - Halle, Germany, 125 pounds - GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals on 6-19-08 he won a 7-3 decision against Wilhelm Gratschow of Germany; in the semifinals on 6-20-08 he won a decision against Anthresh Lalit Lakra of Indonesia; in the finals on 6-21-08 he won a 19-11 decision against Dorjnyambuu Otgondadlai of Mongolia…
2008 GRAND PRIX - Usti, Czech Republic, 125 pounds - BRONZE MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 6-11-08 he won a 14-11 decision against Timur Madiyev of Kazakhstan; in the semifinals on 6-13-08 he lost a 18-6 decision against Idel Torriente of...
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Biography

“Showtime” 

  • 2008 Olympian for Australia (amateur), 125 pounds…
  • 2008 Chemistry Cup (amateur), 125 pounds - Gold Medalist…
  • 2008 Oceanian Championships (amateur), 125 pounds - Gold Medalist…

At the age of 24, Paul is a four-year pro. A prospect at 130 pounds, he is a former international amateur standout.

He has stayed active in the ring as a pro and made good progress.

Sam Davis wrote on abc.net.au [Feb. 19, 2013 - excerpts]: Keen to show he's more than just a counterpunching southpaw, Tully boxer Paul Fleming says he's ready to go toe-to-toe with Bangkok-based fighter Pompetch Sor Sompong this Saturday night in Caloundra.

The super featherweight, still undefeated after 17 fights with 12 knockouts says he hopes for a good fight following a tough bout in December against Filipino fighter Baleeg Bangoyan.

Fleming eventually won the match comfortably but was forced to overcome a surprising flash knockdown in the first round from Bangoyan.

This time around, he says he'll abandon his typical run-and-gun style and take the fight straight to his opponent.

"Instead of falling into the category of a one-dimensional fighter we're trying different things," he says.

"We're going to come forward and apply pressure so we've been sparring and training accordingly."

Fleming says the change in style is "massive" but will help him in the long run.

"At the next level you've got to be able to stand and fight when you have to and be able to box and move," he says.

"I've got the boxing and movin' down pat and this is the other side.

"Guys won't expect me to come out there and stand in the pocket with them.

"Their whole training camps will be about fighting a boxing southpaw that moves and if I stand there with them all that basically goes up in flames."

Following the Caloundra fight Fleming will appear in the undercard of two-time Olympic gold medallist Zou Shiming's professional debut in Macao, China.

It will be the second time Fleming has fought in China, having competed in the Beijing Olympics in 2008 while still an amateur.

The fight will be the first time Fleming's promoters Top Rank have showcased fighters in Asia and he says he's excited by the opportunity.

"They've got three cards over there so if this all goes to plan and I impress then I'll be on the next one and hopefully again at the end of the year," he says.

"I'm not too far from being a serious contender for a world title [at this stage] so every fight counts."

Paul told Anson Wainwright of 15 Rounds.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.

I have two managers. Cameron Dunkin in Las Vegas, who of course is very well-known and respected in the boxing world, and Australian manager Mike Altamura. He is a younger guy but has some good up and coming boxers and if everything goes according to plan, we will put him on the map. My trainer is Billy Hussein. I moved states just to train with him. He’s a very well-known in Australia and around the world and it is such an honour to train with him. It honestly feels like we’ve been together for years. I’m learning so much from him.

My promoter is Top Rank. Not much has to be said if you’re in the boxing world about them. They are the biggest and most successful promoters in boxing, they’ve started and promoted everyone - Ali, De La Hoya, Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, to name a few, and it’s a privilege to be signed to them.

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.

Tully was the worst place hit by the cyclones, and sadly a lot of our friends’ houses were destroyed. Thankfully my family house was okay, and my mum and sister were okay, and that’s the most important thing. The flooding hit further down south so I don’t know anyone affected by it, but I really feel for those that were.

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. Also love chilling with my girlfriend. We have the same kinda mindset and she is one of my best friends.

As for my fans, I just want them to stay tuned as this year is going to be really exciting. 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. [End Wainwright item]

His webpage address is: paulfleming.net.au.

 

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2012 - in his last fight on 12-16-12 in Perth, AUST, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Balweg Bangoyan (18-6): the bout was co-featured at the Italian Club; Bangoyan scored a knockdown in the 1st round, but Paul dominated the fight after that; he outworked Bangoyan, landed the harder punches, and won by scores of 78-73, 78-73, 79-73…

On 10-6-12 in Buderim, AUST, he won by knockout (5th round) against Eddy Comaro (24-14-5): the bout headined at the Maroochydore Basketball Stadium; Paul dominated the fight and stopped Comaro at 1:03 of the 5th round; after four rounds, Paul led by shutout scores of 40-36 on all three scorecards…

On 7-13-12 in Campsie, AUST, he won by knockout (2nd round) against Kondej Sithrajtrakan (19-18): the bout was on the undercard at the Orion Function Center; Paul scored a knockdown in the 2nd round, and Sithrajtrakan was counted out at 0:28…

On 4-6-12 in Campsie he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Hwi-Jong Kim (4-3): the fight headlined at the Orion Function Center, and Paul dominated - he consistently outboxed Kim and landed the harder punches; scored 60-54 on all three scorecards…

 

2011 – on 12-2-11 in Melbourne, AUST, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Petchthongchai Sirimongkolgym (5-2): the bout was one of the co-features at the Sunshine Roller Skating Centre, and Paul quickly overwhelmed him; he scored a knockdown in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:06…

On 11-19-11 in Sydney, AUST, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Sonny Manakane (14-10-3): the fight was co-featured at the Homebush Sports Centre, and Paul quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:48…

On 7-29-11 in Homebush, AUST, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Quinton Donahue (7-12-1): the fight was on the undercard at the Olympic Park Sports Centre, and Paul quickly overwhelmed him; Paul scored a knockdown with series of punches in the 1st round; he rocked Donahue with a series of punches in the 2nd, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:15…

On 7-9-11 in Carson, CA, he won by knockout (1st round) against Jose Beltran (24-22-2): the fight was on the undercard of the Brandon Rios-Urbano Antillon main event, and Paul quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a left hand in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 0:52…

On 3-12-11 in Perth, AUST, he won by knockout (3rd round) against Joan DeGuia (11-13-4): the fight was on the undercard at the Italian Club; Paul scored a knockdown with a body punch followed by an uppercut in the 3rd round, and DeGuia was counted out at 2:21…

 

2010 – on 10-14-10 in Mansfield, AUST, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Mick Shaw (27-11-3): the fight was on the undercard at Mansfield Tavern, and Paul dominated; he consistently outworked Shaw and landed the harder punches; scored 59-54 on all three scorecards…

On 5-28-10 in Punchbowl, AUST, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Michael Correa (2-1-1): scored 60-54, 60-54, 59-56…

On 5-22-10 in Perth he won by TKO (3rd round) against Manu Emery (3-3-1): Emery did not continue after the 2nd round – the official result is a TKO at 0:01 of the 3rd round…

On 4-30-10 in Fairfield Heights, AUST, he won by knockout (4th round, 1:25) against Gavin Locock (5-3-1)…

On 2-27-10 in Punchbowl he won by TKO (4th round, 2:58) against Kane Buckley (1-15-2)…

 

2009 – on 5-22-09 in Maroochydore, AUST, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Flash Villacura (22-21-1): Paul scored a knockdown in the 5th round; scored 59-54, 59-54, 60-54…

On 3-14-09 in Kawana Waters, AUST, he won by knockout (1st round, 2:59) against Percy Samson (0-3)…

He debuted at the age of 20 on 11-29-08 in Maroochydone and won by TKO (3rd round) against Shane Green (1-12): Paul dominated the fight; Green’s corner threw in the towel to signal the end, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:38 of the 3rd round…

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Paul had an outstanding amateur career, with 100 fights (87-13)…

He told Nathan Butler of Doghouseboxing.com [July 5, 2011 - excerpts]: It’s has been a great start, little frustrating at times, but one that I’ve enjoyed very much, and now is taking another positive step…. I’m especially happy for my Mum and sister who can see my career heading places after what’s been a challenging couple of years for our family.

With Dad passing away only a couple of years ago, it really is me now there to support my Mum and sister, and everything I do in boxing is for them. Mum lost the house at home in Tully this year as a result of, firstly, the damage caused in Cyclone Yasi, but then the disastrous floods and she has had to vacate, so it has been a hard couple of years. With me down in Sydney to further my career, it makes it hard to be there or available easily to be with them. In saying that however, they know I’m here for them and I hope in the years to come to support them in a big way.” [End Butler item]

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2008 OLYMPICS - Beijing, Peoples Republic of China, 125 pounds: in his first fight on 8-11-08 he lost a 13-9 decision against Khedafi Djelkhir of France…

2008 CHEMISTRY CUP - Halle, Germany, 125 pounds - GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals on 6-19-08 he won a 7-3 decision against Wilhelm Gratschow of Germany; in the semifinals on 6-20-08 he won a decision against Anthresh Lalit Lakra of Indonesia; in the finals on 6-21-08 he won a 19-11 decision against Dorjnyambuu Otgondadlai of Mongolia…

2008 GRAND PRIX - Usti, Czech Republic, 125 pounds - BRONZE MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 6-11-08 he won a 14-11 decision against Timur Madiyev of Kazakhstan; in the semifinals on 6-13-08 he lost a 18-6 decision against Idel Torriente of Cuba…

2008 OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS - Apia, Samoa, 125 pounds - GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals on 4-22-08 he won a 26-4 decision against Iva Pelu Iakopo of Samoa; in the semifinals on 4-24-08 he won an 18-5 decision against Samuelu Faialaga of Samoa; in the finals on 4-25-08 he won a 8-4 decision against Luke Jackson of Australia…

2008 AUSTRALIAN TEAM B SELECTION TOURNAMENT - Canberra, Australia, 125 pounds - GOLD MEDALIST: in the semifinals (his first fight) on 3-1-08 he won a 14-6 decision against Matthew Garlett; in the finals on 3-2-08 he won a 17-9 decision against Joel Brunker

2007 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Chicago, Illinois, 125 pounds: in his first fight on 10-27-07 he lost 22-12 decision against Sailom Ardee of Thailand…

2007 COMMONWEALTH CHAMPIONSHIPS - Liverpool, England, 125 pounds - BRONZE MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 7-25-07 he won a 26-23 decision against Kamal Wanjarachchi of Sri Lanka; in the semifinals on 7-26-07 he lost an 18-9 decision against Stephen

Smith of England…

2007 OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS - Apia, Samoa, 125 pounds - SILVER MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 4-23-07 he stopped Sevia Fouvale of American Samoain the 2nd round; in the semifinals on 4-26-07 he stopped Tau Puiui of Samoa in the 2nd round; in the finals on 4-27-07 he lost a 24-18 decision against Samuelu Faialaga of Samoa…

2007 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL SELECTION TOURNAMENT - Canberra, Australia, 125 pounds - GOLD MEDALIST: in the semifinals on 3-24-07 he won by walkover against James McPherson; in the finals on 3-25-07 he won by walkover against Luke Jackson

2006 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS - Agadir, Morocco, 125 pounds - BRONZE MEDALIST: in his first fight on 9-11-06 he stopped Zouhir Saidi of France in the 2nd round; in the quarterfinals on 9-15-06 he won a 43-29 decision against Sandor Racz of Hungary; in the semifinals on 9-16-06 he was stopped against Vyacheslav Shipunov of Russia…

2006 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Darwin, Australia, 125 pounds-senior – BRONZE MEDALIST: in the semifinals (his first fight) he lost a 23-18 decision against Luke Jackson

 

STRENGTHS: A lefthander with good skills and movement…has good punching power…had a strong amateur  background…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 17 fights…62 total rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 3.6 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 70 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 8 rounds – 1 (1-0)…6 rounds – 4 (4-0)…