On Saturday, April 6, 2019, the Classic Boxing Company presents an exciting evening of professional boxing dubbed “Oshawa Strong: Still Standing” at the Children’s Arena in Oshawa, Ontario.
The event features the much anticipated return of hometown hero and former world champion Lindsay Garbatt (8-7-2, 3KOs) in an eight round bantamweight clash with Erika Jeanette Hernandez (5-4-1) of Sahuayo de Morelos, Mexico.
The contest represents Garbatt’s first pro boxing match since dedicating herself to mixed martial arts five years ago. Canada’s Motor City is well represented with local fighters “Bad” Thad Ridsdill (1-1-0) and Evan “Kid Chrome” Gillard (1-0-0) both in action.
The event also features the return of undefeated Hamilton lightweight Kylie Angel Fallis (2-0-0, 1KOs) of Hamilton and super middleweight prospect Jordan McCue (2-0-0, 1KOs) of Curve Lake.
Lindsay Garbatt is one of the most decorated female boxers in Canadian history, boasting two wins over reigning unified featherweight champion of the world Jelena Mrdjenovich.
“It feels good to be back in the boxing game,” Garbatt said on Friday. “Boxing is my first love and I am looking forward stepping between the ropes with the team I now have in place. I’ve matured and have a better grasp on my pre-fight routine.
“Also, by dropping a few weight divisions, I understand my body more. I’m really excited to be fighting in my hometown. It’s a first for me as a professional. It’s amazing how fast boxing has grown in Ontario since I transitioned over to MMA. Something like this just wasn’t possible before.
“Oshawa has fallen on tough times, but this a rough-and-tumble sort of place. Blue-collar, hard-working people, you know? We can take a few lumps and bounce back stronger than ever. That’s what this event is all about. I won’t lose here. I can’t.”
At super welterweight, local hopeful Thad Ridsdill takes on Mexico’s Hector Luna (1-2-0, 1KOs) in a four round bout. An employee at the GM plant and member of UNIFOR, Ridsdill has experienced the frustration and uncertainty of the company’s recent decision to leave Oshawa.
“I really want to put on a good show for my co-workers and their families. Things have improved, but it’s been a tough time for us at the plant,” Ridsdill said Saturday. “No one likes wondering if their job will be gone in a year, but we’re all trying to stay optimistic.
“I want to channel the determination and pride I see everyday at the plant into the ring on April 6. If I get knocked down, I’ll get back up. Keep moving forward. Never give up. That’s what we’re all about right now and that’s what I’ll do in the ring. Luna is getting the best version of Thad Ridsdill yet.”
Oshawa’s Evan Gillard, well-known in the city as a multi-time Canadian amateur champion, will take on Carlos Villasis (1-2-0) of Cancun, Mexico, in a flyweight four rounder. “It was great to debut in my hometown at the Children’s Arena,” said Gillard. “I’m excited to fight in front of my parents this time.
They were a huge part of my amateur success but were on vacation and couldn’t make it to my first pro fight. I think I would have had more pre-fight jitters if they were at my debut, so maybe it was a sort of blessing in disguise. I can’t wait to have them at ringside for April 6.
“I’ve been putting in lots of work for this one. Villasis is a tough guy, but my skills are always evolving. I’m always learning and growing. I’ve got a few tricks tucked away for this guy. I can’t wait.” Gillard won his debut against Villasis’ countryman Nestor Martinez Vazquez (2-4-0) in September.
In other action, Mississauga Ojibway prospect Jordan McCue (2-0-0, 1KOs) of Curve Lake First Nation meets Martin Iniesta (0-1-0) for four rounds or less at super middleweight. McCue is fresh off an impressive TKO2 win over Cody Purtell of Edmonton, Alberta, in February.
“I felt like a really hit my stride against Purtell,” said McCue. “I take my hat off to him. He came to fight and didn’t give up. You could see he wanted to keep going, but the referee made the right decision. I was landing a ton of leather. I’m looking forward to putting on another exciting show for everyone in Oshawa. I know Iniesta will be hungry for this one.”
Last but not least, lightweight prospect Kylie Angel Fallis (2-0-0, 1KOs) of Hamilton takes on undefeated Johana Fernandez (2-0-1, 1KOs) over the four round route. Fallis, ranked #62 in the world by Boxrec.com, is looking to continue her meteoric rise up the world rankings and perhaps set up an all-Canadian showdown with Edmonton’s Sheena Flamand (5-1-0, 1KOs). “I’m focused on Fernandez at the moment,” said Fallis.
“But with just two of us at lightweight, from coast to coast, its hard not to think about fighting Flamand. I want to show I’m the best in the country. I’ll keep fighting and winning until that match becomes a reality.”
Several notable professionals boxers and former Olympians will be honoured during the show. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet some of Canada’s living legends! Doors open at 7:00 PM, with the opening bell slated for 8:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased from your favourite fighter or at the door.