LIVE Professional Boxing from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
By: Johnny “Blaze” Robbins – Billy C Boxing
On their 7th Professional Boxing Card, on the 7th day, with 7 bouts, scheduled to start at 7pm, Three Lions Promotions brought their brand of thrilling Pro Boxing back to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada…and as usual, the card was stacked with action, knock-outs and all out Boxing warfare, with the event billed as a 7-7-7-7 card being another jackpot of a show that “The Hammer” has become accustomed to! In Three Lions fashion, they even upped the ante, throwing in one more fight for the fans as an added bonus!
In the Main Event, Hamilton native Bradley Wilcox, who was scheduled to fight initially for a title belt, laced ‘em up against a substitute last minute opponent in Mexican native Domingo “Duro” Vazquez. The durable Mexican weathered the many storms and vicious onslaughts from the local fan favourite, over the course of 8 rounds, and managed to survive to the final bell. But it was Wilcox who controlled the pace of the action behind his jab, consistently trapping his opposition against the ropes and in the corner, while delivering precise and punishing punches in bunches throughout the contest. The first three rounds were more of a chess match, with Wilcox feeling out Vazquez’s movements and disabling any offence from the tough Mexican, and as the fight progressed, so did Bradley Wilcox’s dominance in the ring. His body work and straight right hands, looked like they would eventually crack his hardened foe, as Wilcox opened up more in the middle rounds. But the Mexican just wouldn’t quit. Inevitably as Wilcox poured on the pressure, as expected, he picked up the points in the process, and scored the unanimous decision victory. With the only question on the judge’s scorecard being whether or not the Mexican deserved to win a single round or not. The final tally saw Bradley Wilcox going 80-72, and 79-73 (twice) on the official scorecards. Bradley Wilcox now sits at 9 wins, no losses while looking to make his way into deeper waters to face greater opposition, following in the footsteps of his brothers, WBA -NABA Super Lightweight and Canadian Light Welterweight Champ, Steven Wilcox (15-1-1) and undefeated prospect Jessie Wilcox (14-0-2).
In the Co-Main Event, the Canadian Cruiserweight Champion, Ryan Rozicki of Sydney Nova, Scotia, took on Khetag Pliev a Canadian who fights out of Cincinnati, Ohio in a bout that turned into an all-out slugfest of a war. The first round was even, with Pliev landing bombs early on while Rozicki fought out of a peek-a-boo defense. Rozicki after being nailed with some heavy artillery, opened up his posture and fired back heavily towards the end of round 1. Pliev drew first blood in the 2nd round when a jab, cross combination opened up a huge gash above Rozicki’s left eye. This ignited Rozicki to return heavy fire and a booming left hook dropped Pliev to the canvas. Rozicki would follow up with a barrage of punches that Pliev couldn’t defend and just before the second round ended, Rozicki ended Pliev’s night by knocking him out of the contest by way of T.K.O.! With the victory, Ryan Rozicki now has a solid record of 11 wins with all of his victories coming by way of knockout! While Pliev suffered his first defeat, and is now 5-1.
Jessie “Roc” Wilcox, the older brother of Bradley Wilcox who fought in the Main Event, was pitted against the Mexico Welter Title holder Azael Villegas, who found himself in deep trouble early with the Hamilton native who was being cornered by his father Robert Wilcox, and Ryan Grant of the famous Canadian Grant brothers, (Otis and Howard)… Wilcox wasted no time in imposing his will, landing a check left hook that “Roc’d” and dropped Villegas in round 1! He then moved forward while controlling the pace of the action and finished the job with a right hand, left hook combo that K.O.’d Villegas at 1:59 of round 2! Wilcox advanced his record to 14-0-2 with 9 K.O.’s with the impressive victory.
The Pat Pytic Vs. Marco Parente fight can only be described as Rock Em’ Sock ‘Em Robots on fast forward, as these two bangers went at each other full steam ahead, right out of the gate, and didn’t let up at all! Marco Parente came out boxing behind a strong jab in round one, and edged out that round with non-stop pressure that Pytic, who was making his pro debut tried with everything he had to counter. Which paid off in round 2, as Pytic himself began to land the heavier shots which slowed Parente down and seemed to tire him out. Pat Pytic went to the body in Round 3, consistently and the effect of those punches looked like they would take Marco out of the contest. But the journeyman banger from Woodbridge wouldn’t retreat. In Round 4, it was Marco who found a home for his right hand, right on Pat’s chin, which wobbled the Waterloo fighter, and the boys just went at it from there. A few accidental low blows, some head butts from both men moving forward without wanting to step back, and 3 straight minutes of non-stop action from both combatants, punctuated by a few more big booming right hands landing from Marco Parent, and some returning power punching from Pat Pytic sent the crowd into a frenzy, and the fighters back into the dressing room with a draw. Official scores were 39-37 for Pytic, 39-37 for Parente and 38-38, in this back and forth tilt.
When “Big” Nick Dragich from Edmonton, Alberta stepped between the ropes at 315 pounds, it looked like Jorge Sevilla Acosta of Mexico, was in “Big” trouble, all 281 pounds of him…And the size difference was apparent right away in Round 1, as Dragich battered and bloodied his Mexican counterpart behind a strong jab, and powerful punches. The bloodied Acosta though, would weather the storm and utilize his speed and footwork, to back up Dragich in the second round. Acosta let his hands fly in flurries and trapped Dragich in the corner. He continued to just fire away at the massive Canadian, until Dragich dropped to the canvas, stunned, along with the entire crowd. The big man was unable to beat the count and the referee waved off the contest at the end of round 2. With the victory, Acosta stayed undefeated at 2-0 with 2 K.O.’s, while Nick Dragich slipped to 4-2 with 3 K.O.’s to his credit.
In the only female fight on the card, Carolyn Redmond of Guelph, Ontario made her professional debut, taking on Veronica Diaz Marin, of Mexico. The contest started of cautiously for both ladies in the opening round, with Carolyn Redmond using her reach to keep her opponent at bay. Redmond would open up in the second round, throwing more power punches and combinations, which would bloody the nose of Marin before the end of the round. In the third round, veteran referee Rocky Zolnierczyk stepped in after Redmond began to unleash a barrage on non-stop straight punches, mercifully ending the fight by way of T.K.O. 50 seconds into the round.
Lucas Bahdi of Niagara Falls, Ontario looked to keep his undefeated record in tact as he entered the ring to face Mexican born journeyman,“Sir” Larami Ricardo Emmanuel Carmona Barragan, and Bahdi went to work right away rocking his opposition with a bomb of a right hand early in round 1! Bahdi would demonstrate good patience in setting up his foe behind text book boxing, and a solid jab, before knocking Carmona out with another powerful straight right cross, at the end of the first round. With the T.K.O. win, Lucas Bodhi is now 4-0 with all 4 wins by K.O.!
In the opening bout of the evening, Alexander Castellano of Buffalo, who fights out of Tonawanda, New York, U.S.A. made his professional debut against Pilipino native PG Tondo, from Toronto, Ontario Canada. The early rounds saw these two young fighters go tit-for-tat with Alexander Castellano edging out PG Tondo in the action-packed start of the eventful evening. Tondo tried to up the pace in round 3 throwing flurries of fast hands at Castellano, but the American fighter would only answer right back with some big shots of his own. Castellano would open the 4th and final round with a huge right hand that landed clean on Tondo, and he just kept moving forward, applying pressure right to the final bell. Tondo wouldn’t quit, but the judges didn’t see enough from the local fighter and Castellano would go on to win a majority decision, with scores that read 38-38, 40-36 and 39-37 officially…
Three Lions Promotions, yet again, put on a spectacle of an evening of professional boxing, and their next card is schedule to take place in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia on October 19th… Check Out http://threelionspromotions.com/home/ for more information…