Kolby loses out to Rodriguez in state title fight

BATTLE STATIONS: Kolby Johnson and Adrian Rodriguez line up before their fight in Brisbane (Photo: Kolby Johnston Facebook)

BATTLE STATIONS: Kolby Johnson and Adrian Rodriguez line up before their fight in Brisbane (Photo: Kolby Johnston Facebook)

Mount Isa boxer Kolby ‘Kaos’ Johnston has been beaten by Adrian Rodriguez in their fight for the Queensland State super welterweight title on the weekend.

The fight was the main bill on the card at Eaton’s Hill on Saturday following the cancellation of Saturday’s original main event between world No. 10 light-heavyweight Trent Broadhurst and American Travis Reeves.

The pair duly delivered going seven of eight rounds before Rodriguez sent Johnston to the canvas to win by a technical knock out.

The pair were evenly matched by weight and both had just one loss coming into the fight, with Johnston recording nine wins — five by knockout.

And while Johnston had the better of the early exchanges Rodriguez gradually took control to record the TKO and become the Queensland champion, a title Johnston held in 2014.

The defeat is a severe blow to Johnston’s hopes of contending for the Australian title in June.

Johnston is now ranked 12 in Australia.

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