Daley fights Monday for NABF

By Dave Spencer @fightnewsCanada

Undefeated Denton Daley (8-0 5KO) continues his ascent in the cruiserweight ranks in a rare Monday night card at the Ritz Carlton ballroom in Toronto Ontario. The 30 year-old Daley will be competing for his first title belt as he battles veteran former WBA (interim) champion Richard Hall for the vacant NABF title.

The four bout card will be the second annual show put on by Bullion Boxing that helps raise money for “Right to Play”, a charity that supports children in third world countries and gives them the chance to enjoy and participate in sports.

The event is put on by Bullion Boxing and is centered around the mining industry convention held each year in Toronto. “A couple of people inside the industry decided that since everybody is here anyway, let’s present a dinner event along with a live professional boxing event,” match-maker Don MacDonald told FightNews. “The head is a gentleman called Dave Harper and he is a boxing fanatic and he wanted high-caliber fights and mandated that we have two title fights on this card. He also wanted to make sure that we gave a chance to boxers who originated in Africa and that’s where fighters like (Ghislain) Maduma and (Chukwunoso) Okafor come in.”

Both lightweight Maduma (12-0 8KO) who fights out of Montreal and cruiserweight Okafor (3-0-1) are returning from last year’s inaugural event. Maduma will also be in his first title tilt in a ten round bout for the WBC Continental Americas belt against Mexican Josafat Perez (13-4-1 8KO). Like Daley’s opponent, Perez is also a former world title challenger having fought Jorge Linares in 2009. Okafor will also have his hands full, after handing fighters their first defeat in his last two fights, the Nigerian born fighter who calls Toronto home will face 7-2 Benito Quiroz, a former opponent of Daley. It was the only time in ‘El Asesino’s’ career that the Mexican has been to the scorecards, scoring knockouts in all his victories.

Ontario welterweights Jeremy Abbott (3-3) and Junior Emon (4-1) also see action in a six round bout.

“It’s a good fight card,” said MacDonald, “Richard Hall is going to give Denton more than a test and Maduma is in pretty good with Perez. I think these younger fighters Denton and Maduma are going to have to do some work and earn their win. It’s a good fight card.”