Brandon “L-Jack” Brewer (20-0-1, 11KOs) added the WBU Intercontinental championship to his collection last in front of a raucous 3,500 fans at the Aitken Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
It took the CPBC and NABA Canadian light middleweight champion less than three rounds to stop 57 fight veteran and former WBF world champion Anderson Clayton (44-11-2, 28KOs) of Brazil. “I can feel and see the Plaid Army spreading from coast to coast and it’s surreal,” Brewer said of his fan base following the win. “The support that I have from not only New Brunswick, but from the entire country has reached a new level. Folks are realizing that Team L-JACK and the Plaid Army are a great representation of what Canada is all about. It’s very exciting and humbling.”
In a heavyweight ten rounder, reigning Canadian heavyweight champion Dillon “Big Country” Carman (11-2-0, 10KOs) made quick work of the more experienced Orlando Antonio Farias (31-15-0, 19KOs), knocking his man out in the opening stanza. Carman has now won six fights in a row, all by stoppage. “Just another day in the office,” Carman said following the win. “It’s all in preparation for some big things to come!”
Canadian super middleweight champion Shakeel Phinn (10-1-0, 6KOs) was scheduled to make the first defense of his crown against Nathan Millier, but the latter was forced to pull out of the contest after suffering a cut in training. Instead, Phinn took on a gutsy Tom Vautour (2-1-0, 2KOs), who stepped in to face the champ on virtually no notice. Phinn stopped Vautour inside three rounds, but still had plenty of praise for his opponent. “Tom was a strong guy with good punching power. I respect him a lot for taking the fight on short notice,” explained Phinn. “I felt great tonight, but the one that really should’ve been in the ring with me last night is Nathan Millier. On December 10 in Montreal, that’s who I want.”
At heavyweight, former NABA Canadian cruiserweight champion Chris “The Natural” Norrad (14-0-0, 6KOs) of Boisetown went the six round distance with Sandy Pembroke (3-9-0, 1KOs) of Ottawa, taking a unanimous decision victory. The win marks Norrad’s second victory since returning from a two year layoff in 2015. Norrad was humble following his victory, showing lots of respect for his opponent. “Sandy was a tough guy, with a very good chin,” explained Norrad. “I tried to stop him but he hung in there. He told the press before the fight that I lacked punching power, but he admitted he was wrong after the fight. He said it was the toughest first round he was ever in. I won every round and he was marked up quite badly after the fight. But he proposed to his girlfriend in the ring and she said yes! So, it was a good night for both of us.”
Super featherweight standout Dominic Babineau (6-0-0, 4KOs) of Richoubucto Village turned in another impressive victory last night, earning a six round unanimous decision over Cristian Rodrigo Gonzalez (7-9-0,5KOs) of Argentina. “He was a tough kid,” Babineau explained following the fight. “Like I was expecting, he came to fight. He was a little dirtier than I expected. He hit me behind the head repeatedly, but I kept my cool and stuck to the game plan. He ran all six rounds. It was hard to really land anything solid, but I needed to do those six rounds. You learn something every time. Can’t knock them all out, right? (laughs) I had fun and now we’re getting ready for Justin Hocko in Edmonton on December 2.
Former Team Canada member Ryan Rozicki (1-0-0, 1KOs) of Sydney, Nova Scotia, used his formidable punching power to stop Donald Willis (1-6-0, 1KOs) of Windsor, Ontario, in the third round of their scheduled four round tilt. “I am happy to bring the win back to Cape Breton,” explained Rozicki. “I learned a lot from sharing the ring with a more experienced pro and who outweighed me by 60lbs. I was able to use my speed and body attack to wear him down and finish him in the later rounds. It was a good fight. I’m looking forward to the next one and fixing the mistakes I made.”
Rising heavyweight prospect Joel Graham (3-1-0, 3KOs) of Fredericton was understandably excited about stopping Denis Martin (2-8-0, 1KOs) via TKO2 in front of his hometown fans. “It was a great event,” explained Graham. “It felt good to get the crowd going with a dominant win. It felt great to do it in my home town! It was a true honor!”
Last but not least, light heavyweight favorite Annie Mazzerole (2-2-0, 1KOs) saw her night cut short due to a clash of heads with Shanice Szmidt. The fight was ruled a no contest. “I’m pretty bummed out with the outcome,” said Mazzerole, “I trained so hard and to have it end like this is really frustrating. My eye is a real mess.”
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