Vanderpool wins in Moncton

Photo Tanya Everett

Fitz Vanderpool (26-7-4 13KO) scored a 96-94, 97-93, 99-91 unanimous decision over Roberto McLellan (6-2-1 3KO) Saturday night at the Lion's Club in Moncton New Brunswick. A former Canadian welterweight champion, Vanderpool now 45 was fighting at middleweight in his second contest after a 7 year absence from the ring. He takes home the relatively new NBA Canadian belt. McLellan who replaced his injured brother Stuart in the contest did some good body work throughout what was a close contest but apparently did little to catch the judges' eyes, particularly the absurd 99-91 tally.

Also winning on the night was junior-middleweight Frank Cotroni (7-1 4KO) of Montreal who banged out a 97-93, 99-91, 99-91 decision over Rory Coveney (10-2 4KO) of Edmonton. Cotroni did some solid body work along the way coupling a heavy right hand with active ring movement winning a fight that was well deserved but closer than the scorecards indicated.

Cotroni's stable-mate Glisandy Mejia (3-2 2KO) didn't fare nearly as well as the Montreal based fighter was a victim of a solid knockout via hometown fighter middleweight Brandon Brewer (6-0-1 3KO). After a fairly close first round where Brewer was turned southpaw, the Moncton fighter pushed the action in the second and did some solid body work that paid huge dividends as the round ended. Mejia lay on the ropes with his hands down and Brewer pounced on the opportunity, scoring the KO win at 2:56 of the second round.

Cruiserweight Frank White (8-7-2 5KO) returned to the win column as the former Canadian champion dominated Sandy Robb (9-1-1 5KO) with a 80-72, 80-72, 80-73 decision. White who hadn't won since 2009 worked well and never let Scottish born Robb to get off on his punches.

Things didn't go so well for another former Canadian champion, 50 year-old Ron Savoie (7-8-3 4KO) who has been on the comeback trail since 2011 after a 13 year absence. The former Canadian Super-middleweight Champion of 1995, was 1-1-2 since lacing them up again and was trying to avenge a draw he had against Ron Maillet Jr. (2-5-1) last time out. Maillet landed some big shots along the way but didn't have the power or wherewithal to do any telling damage along the way. Maillet who was 21 years younger scored a narrow 77-76, 77-75, 78-74 in a close fight.

In the opening bout of the evening, light-heavyweight Marshall Norrad scored big with a left hand counter and Denis Martin down to his knees for a count of ten at the 1:55 mark of the opening round.


Kamal robbed of KO Victory

By all accounts it was the perfect knockout. Thirty seconds into the second round and Elvis Ramirez (5-4) was down and left the building. But last night's win by Ibrahim Kamal (8-0 6KO) in Nicaragua win has been changed to a no contest. Some good investigation by Phil St Martin of Boxrec revealed the change by local authorities and was the one who broke the news to Kamal's wife/manager. Apparently what passes for the local authority found "sugar water" which was deemed illegal and the result changed. The result of No Contest was already up and posted before Kamal had a chance to post to his Facebook page of his victory against the local fighter in what what was only the second time fighting outside of Canada. The charge of "sugar water" was one that denied and something that never ever done by the fighter.


Claggett drops decision

The return trip north to the Alberta Provincial Capital of Edmonton proved to costly one for Calgary super-lightweight Steve Claggett (15-2-1 10KO) who dropped a 77-75, 75-77, 77-75 split decision to the hands of Alexandre Lepelley (11-1-1 3KO) of France who by all reports came to fight made out better than what the scorecards indicated. Claggett who now trains out of Las Vegas was returning to Edmonton and the scene of his first 7 professional fights, the Shaw Conference Centre. The 23 year-old Calgary fighter had rebounded nicely with four wins in the last two years since his only professional loss in a road trip to the Philippines in 2011.

Providing main support for Claggett on the KO Boxing promoted card was light-heavyweight Steve Franjic (10-0-1 6KO) who remained undefeated with a 80-72, 80-72, 79-73 whitewash over light-hitting Gabriel Lecrosnier (14-18-2 1KO) of France.

Rob Nichols (6-1 4KO) handed Jarred Kilkenny (4-1-2) his first loss stopping the heavyweight at 2:46 of the second round. Lightweight Suki Keo (2-0 2KO) did the same thing as he did in pro debut and stopped Dave McQuaker (1-8-1). It took one round longer this time as Keo scored a pair of knockdowns with body shots and ending things at 2:47 of the second round McQuaker has now been stopped eight times in his eight losses, all inside two rounds. Ty McDougall scored a 39-37, 39-37, 38-38 majority decision over Gary Kopas in light-heavy action and Simon Shirt lasted just 24 seconds in his pro debut succumbing to a shoulder injury and making Max Gagne (2-1-1) a winner.