(L-R) – Promoter Tyler Buxton, Josh O’Reilly, and Hall of Fame referee Steve Smoger
(pictures by Mette Nielsen)
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Canada (October 26, 2017) – Fresh off his International Boxing Association (IBA) Inter-Continental title-winning performance, undefeated Canadian lightweight sensation Josh “Dubs” O’Reilly is ready to step up in class in terms of facing world-class opponents.
The 26-year-old O’Reilly (10-0, 4 KOs), who fights with the fury of his Irish heritage, knocked out his Mexican opponent, Oscar “Elegante” Arjona (13-7, 5 KOs) in the fifth round of their October 21st fight at Hersey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, for the vacant IBA Inter-Continental championship.
Hall of Fame referee Steve Smoger is shown waving off the fight in favor of the celebrating O’Reilly over the fallen Arjona.
The highly entertaining O’Reilly, fighting out of Hamilton, Ontario, has a potential list of quality lightweight opponents at home in Canada, or his promoter, Tyler Buxton (United Boxing Promotions), could choose a fight outside of Canada for the first time as a pro, whether in the United States or Europe.
“Josh is a very versatile inside-outside, boxer-puncher who will give any fighter problems moving forward,” Buxton said. He is looking forward to an opportunity to position himself for an IBA World title fight.”
Super welterweight contender Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook (18-1, 11 KOs) returns to action December 16, headlining the United Boxing Promotions-presented “The Return” card, against an opponent to soon be announced at Hersey Centre.
Cook, the North American Boxing Association (NABA) champion, will be rebounding from his last fight, September 9 in Kazakhstan, in which he (WBA #5) suffered his first loss as a pro against hometown favorite (WBA #2) Kanat Islam (25-0) in their highly competitive and extremely entertaining fight for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) North American and North American Boxing Organization (NABO) super welterweight titles.
Last January, Cook registered the most notable victory of his young pro career, knocking out Canadian rival and previously unbeaten Steven Butler (18-0-1) at Montreal’s famed Bell Centre.