By Tom Hebert, FightNews Canada
“Big Sky” Tye Fields upped his record to a 43-2 39 KO’S with a 2nd round stoppage of journeyman Galen “Bad Boy” Brown last night at the Palace Banquet hall in Edmonton, Alberta. With Galen taking a barrage of punching with both his hands down by his side, refereee Len Koivisto had little choice but to wave off the contest at the 1:32 mark on the third round.
The opening round had Fields, who came out in his southpaw stance even though he was rumored to come out in the orthodox position, landing hard straight jabs to Brown’s arms. Even though Brown was dodging punches to his head, you have to believe that the reason Brown could not keep his hands up in the 2nd had something to do with the thunderous shots Fields had landed a round earlier. Round two had Brown throwing erratic overhand rights that failed to find their mark, When Fields missed with a wild left uppercut, he simply returned to his original plan of punishing his prey with the jab, a jab that would have made Larry Holmes jealous. Fields landed six punches that left Brown hurt and on the canvas. The St Louis fighter bravely beat the count but was in little condition to fight back. Fields wasted little time, landing seven unanswered punches that again placed Brown back on the canvas. Brown (33-14-1, 19 KOs) proved game as he beat the count for a second time but referee Len Koivisto wisely stopped the fight at 1:32 of the 3rd round.
On the undercard Alston “Tiny” Brown (3-4-1, 1 KO) defeated Ray Kovinic (1-4) in a unanimous decision in a 6 round Cruiserweight matchup. Scores of the bout had Brown taking two scorecards 59-55 and the other by a score of 58-56. Brown, a very good defensive fighter, halts a 3 fight losing streak with the victory.
Adam Trupish put on a boxing clinic with a four round unanimous decision over James Dearmin (4-6-1). Scores of the contest read 40-36 of eah of the three judge’s cards, Trupish withstood some tough shots from Dearmin in the second to prove that, as a pro, he can take a punch. That proved to be the only highlight for Dearmin as Trupish owned him throughout the fight. Trupish (2-0, 1KO) landed jabs almost at will, the jabs setting up hooks and an assortment of other nice shots. Dearmin would land some good punches then try to hold Trupish with started to annoy the former Canadian Olympian early on . By the third round Trupish was so annoyed with Dearmin that while being held, Trupish threw a behind-the-back punch while Dearmin was hanging on with his head down low. At this point, referee Don Smart took a point away from Dearmin for holding. In the fourth and final round, Trupish was knocking Dearmin around the ring from one side to the other.
Former Ottawa Rough Rider football star Glen Kulka pulled out of his scheduled fight against former B.C Lion and Ex Stampeder Paul Cheung for unspecified reasons so in his place was Edmonton’s Jeremy Edgar who was making his pro debut. This one proved to be a mismatch right from the beginning as Paul “Typhoon” Cheung (3-0, 3 KOs) dropped Edgar twice with referee John Braak halting matters at 45 seconds of the first round.
The openning bout of the card was a pretty good scrap between Calgary’s Todd Furler and Winnipeg’s Curtis Demarce, each making their pro debut. Demarce challenged/taunted Furler to hit him square on the chin early in the first. Rounds 2 through 4 had the Winnipeg middleweight walking through what Furler had to offer, showing little respect whatsoever for Furler power. At the end of four rounds, the bout was scored a draw much to the confusion of those in attendance. The judges saw it 38-38 (twice) while the other saw Demarce winning 39-37.