By: John Robbins – Billy C Boxing
Photo Credit: Photo’s by Alex – www.PhotosByAlex.ca
Three Lions Promotions proved yet again on Saturday night, in Hamilton, Ontario, that they truly are one of the premier boxing promotions in Canada. On an extremely fan friendly action-packed card, that included Irish dancers, several knock-outs and an all-out slugfest that ended in a split decision. It’s no wonder that the Hamilton Convention Centre didn’t have an empty seat in the entire venue. The St. Patrick’s Day Showdown, also brought out some of the very best up and coming local talent, with two of Hamilton’s Wilcox brothers, Bradley and Jessie, climbing between the ropes in front of their hometown, and what a display they put on for the local fight fans!
In Main Event of the evening, Jessie “The Roc” Wilcox impressively dominated Kristof Kovacs, and obliterated his opposition with devastating body shots in the very first round! Wilcox set up the action with a sharp swift jab, and as he dipped to hit Kovacs’ body, he repeatedly dropped his opponent to the canvas, until finally the referee mercifully halted the welterweight contest, as Kovacs was clearly unable to continue. The Knockout victory improves Jessie Wilcox’s undefeated record to 12-0-2, while Kovacs slips to 8-2-1.
The Co-Main Event was the only bout on the card to reach the final bell…And what a war of attrition this contest proved to be. Kevin Higson from Hamilton’s Steeltown Boxing club, took on the top ranked welterweight in Jamaica, Richard Holmes. The fight opened with Holmes coming out of the gate strong and swinging, and even though Higson found himself under fire early, he was able to turn the tide towards the end of the opening stanza. In the second round, the action amped up even more, as the two young fighters went tit-for-tat both landing big shots. It was Holmes who turned the heat up yet another notch in the 3rd round, but Higson was definitely game, and an all-out war broke out between the two combatants. The fight changed though in the 4th round as Holmes began to wear down behind the pressure Higson was applying, and a game of cat and mouse began, with Higson cutting off a back-peddling Holmes, while setting up a solid right cross that began to land with some serious consistency. Higson stuck to the game plan that was working, and began digging to the body in the 5th and 6th rounds, slowing down the tiring Holmes. Higson dominated the 7th round behind punches in bunches and clever foot positioning, with Higson proving to be too much for his Jamaican counterpart right down to the final bell. The official result in the super-welterweight sloberknocker ended up in a split decision, with all three judges scoring the fight 77-75. With the win, Higson’s record now sits at 16-2-0, while Holmes drops to 18-10.
Headlining the undercard, Ryan Rozicki gave the boxing fans and his opponent Laszlo Penzes a straight-out boxing lesson! In the cruiserweight match-up, Rozicki wasted no time in imposing his will on his opponent, digging in hard to the body early. Rozicki would pound Penzes down to the canvas with body shots three times in the bout, before finishing him off with a brutal left hook, right cross to the head that finished the job at two minutes and thirty-one seconds, of the second round. The finish was phenomenal as Rozicki let his opponent tee off on his head with a few free shots, while Ryan Rozicki purposely left his guard down. Rozicki then came back with a combination, landing the clean two punches that put an end to the action, while putting an exclamation mark on the end of the fight! Ryan Rozicki’s record at Cruiserweight is now 9-0, while Penzes is now 10-4.
The second of the two Wilcox boxing brothers fighting on this card, and the third member of the Steeltown Boxing Club, under the tutelage of head trainer Robert Wilcox…Bradley Wilcox, wasted no time in dismantling fellow undefeated lightweight prospect Jozsef Kontimer. Bradley opened the fight out-boxing Kontimer behind a slick jab, while patiently closing the distance. Wilcox would open up the flood gates in the second round, still wisely working behind his jab, but Bradley started to let his hands go, and quickly found a home for his right cross, right on Kontimer’s chin. A bombing right hand from Wilcox would bring a halt to the contest at two minutes and fifteen seconds into the third round. Bradley Wilcox’s record currently stands still undefeated at 6-0 after the fan friendly finish, while Jozsef Kontimer’s undefeated record got snapped, and he is now 7-1.
The opening fight on the fast action, high energy, St. Paddy’s Day card, pitted Paul Ispas against Patrick Pap in a four rounder at lightweight. The contest only needed a minute and fourty-six seconds for Paul Ispas to pick up the TKO stoppage. Ispas improved to 4-0 while Pap’s record in now 3-2.
All in all, with entertaining fights all night, fantastic Irish dancers and a plethora of Canadian Boxing history on hand to watch all the action from ringside, including Canadian Boxing Legend George Chuvalo… Three Lions Promotions once again outdid themselves, in bringing world class boxing back to Hamilton, with yet another outstanding card! Their next big attraction will be in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada on May 18th, with Steeltown Boxing Club’s Jessie Wilcox, Bradley Wilcox, and Kevin Higson all returning to the ring. Ryan Rozicki (9-0) will be headlining that event with his WBA-NABA Canadian Cruiserweight Title on the line, versus Shawn Miller (19-4-1), a native of Sydney Forks, Nova Scotia. This undoubtedly will be another show you won’t want to miss!