In an exciting fight that saw the tuxedo clad high-rollers of Toronto’s business elite stand up and cheer the final round, Halifax’s Tyson Cave (24-2 8KO) won a unanimous 96-94, 96-94, 99-91 decision over a game Sebastien Gauthier (22-5-1 14KO) of Montreal at the 29th annual Shaw Festival at the Royal York Hotel. The annual fundraiser for the arts where ringside tables cost as much as $13,000 provided the philanthropists with a match-up of the two best super-bantamweghts in Canada with Cave walking away NABA Canada belt. Gauthier had trouble closing the distance in the early going and Cave used the entire ring, making the Quebec fighter miss. The boxers went back and forth over the fight with Cave posting his best round in the 9th. Gauthier did his best to pull things out of the fire in the final round as the pair exchanged combinations, but it was too little too late and the WBA #8 ranked Cave walked away with 9th consecutive victory.
Also victorious on the night was welterweight Sam Vargas (17-1-1 8KO) who settled an old score with local Toronto rival Tebor Brosch (7-6-5 2KO), posting a 79-73, 78-74, 77-75 decision. It was Brosch who first blemished Vargas’s record three years ago with a ten round draw but the Colombian after a slow first round was able to outwork his opponent.
The opening bout featured a pair of debuting cruiserweights with Aboykan Boyke winning a 40-36, 39-37, 37-39 split decision over Lyndon Chambers.