By Heather McIssac
Photo Dani Graham
Cruiserweight Denton Daley (10-0 6KO) won by TKO Saturday night in Mississauga when his opponent Faisal Ibnel Arrami failed to answer the bell for the 5th round with a shoulder injury. Daley captured the vacant NABA cruiserweight title already owning the NABF version of the same title. What was shaping up to be a well intense bout was cut short with the crowd enjoying Daley gaining intensity and rattling his French opponent during the short fight.
Brandon Cook (10-0 6KO) remains undefeated and is the new Canadian junior-midlleweight champion after easily dispatching Fitz Vanderpool (26-8-4 13KO) at 2:59 of the 1st round. Cook jumped on Vanderpool straight away and didn’t let up until he saw Vanderpool hit the mat. An intense combination ended the fight when Vanderpool was too dazed too continue.
After 8 rounds of toe to toe action Steven Wilcox (7-0 3KO) won a unanimous decision against Raffaele Laezza (4-3-1) in 135lb division. Wilcox used his superior speed and endurance to outwork his opponent. Laezza gained some ground in the final few rounds, forcing Wilcox to brawl for a while, but its not enough to gain an edge on Wilcox. Score 78-74, 78-74, 79-73.
Heavyweight Dillon Carmen (5-2 4KO) met his match in a bout against Sylvera Louis (5-2 2KO), with the Montreal fighter winning by TKO at 1:26 of the 5th round. After trading shot for shot in a close fight, Louis landed a hook that sent Carmen to the mat. Carmen returns, dazed, and cannot withstand the barrage that came soon after with the referee stepping in and stopping the bout.
Brock Arthur (1-0-1) and debuting Jordan Smith fight to a split draw in the cruiserweight division. Arthur used pressure and clinching to tire Smith out early in the rounds. Smith spent most of the fight trying to find distance between them to land some clean shots. Judges scorecards read 39-37 for Smith 39-37 for Arthur and 38-38.
Kevin Higson wins pro debut at 154lbs against Thomas Silva who was also stepping into the ring for the first time as a pro, the fight went all 4 rounds with Higson dominating from the first bell. Silva toughed it until the end. Score 40-35, 40-35, 40-34 for Higson.