Shocking result out of Edmonton where two-time Olympian Adam Trupish (11-2 8KO) was stopped in the 5th round by last second substitute Phil Rose (5-2-1 4KO) of Toronto. Trupish was returning back to his Edmonton base and was fighting in front of his hometown fans for the first time in three-and-half years; but despite reuniting with his former trainer and taking an unassuming position with a six round bout on the undercard, things didn’t go nearly as planned for the fighter.
Phil Rose who flew cross country the day of the weigh-in stepping in for Mexican journeyman Martin Avila who has made the journey north a handful of times only to lay down each time. Rose who looked to be in great shape took advantage of the opportunity and pressured from the opening bell taking advantage of Trupish who was coming off the first loss of his career, a crushing KO defeat to the hands of American journeyman Dashon Johnson, now 15-15-3. Trupish who turned 35 earlier this month has now gone down to two consecutive losses.
In the headline bout, the world’s number one female featherweight Jelena Mrdjenovich posted a unanimous decision win but couldn’t provide the knockout she and her fans were looking for. Fighting in a non-title fight versus Fatuma Zarika (24-8-1 14KO) of Kenya, Mrdjenovich (32-9-1 16KO) provided fireworks early with a first round knockdown but was then forced to go the distance against an opponent who has never been stopped. Zarika has fought outside her native Kenya nine times, accounting for all nine of her career losses.
Lightweight Cam O’Connell (6-0-1 5KO) made quick work of debuting Reese Chapman with a first round stoppage while Josh Wagner, Eric Huang, Cody Ries, Lukasz Wierzbicki and Sheena Kaine were all winners on the night.