By John Robbins
Irish Eyes weren’t smiling on Halifax fighter Tyson Cave Thursday night as the previously undefeated fighter went down to defeat at the 25th annual Shaw Festival in Toronto, Ontario. The previously unbeaten Canadian Super-bantamweight champion Cave (10-1 2KO) was stopped in the 8th round by Willie Casey of Limerick who moved to 5-0 scoring his 4th knockout.
In the headliner, Buzz Grant fared much better by scoring a convincing 99-91, 100-90, 98-92 over Michael Kelly, handing the Belfast fighter his first defeat and dropping his record to 8-1-1.
What began as a fairly close back-and-forth battle in the opening rounds proved to be all Grant down the stretch as the Orangeville fighter proved to have much more steam than his opponent.
Cave meanwhile began by out-boxing his opponent but couldn’t handle the subsequent power surge. He was dropped by a left hook in the 3rd and managed to keep on even terms until hitting the canvas hard in the 7th. The Halifax fighter was again dropped in the 8th and final round by a vicious body shot and when he hit the canvas once again, the referee stepped in and called the fight.
An exhibition fight between Canadian welterweight champion Victor Lupo and Tebor Brosch opened things up on the evening. Lupo fighting for the second time in five days got the majority of applause when the fighters took off the headgear at the end of four rounds.