Make no mistake, Bejarano is not the second coming. His draw versus Lavallee is the only bright spot in his last eleven fights, a period where "Pollo" has fought pretty much all the contenders Canada has to offer at lightweight and super-feather including Tony Luis, Tyler Asselstine, Arash Usmanee. Anything less than a win, an impressive win, will be a serious setback for the 21 year-old fighter.
Anber believes the draw may have been a blessing. "It wasn't a loss, he was already a very hard worker, the draw made him work just that much harder."
Also featured on the card will be middleweight Frank Cotroni (5-1) who is scheduled for his second six rounder against Hungarian Antal Kubicsek (20-30-5).
A battle of heavyweights will be featured with a pair of fighters really, really needing a win. The pair of Taffo Asongwed and Stephane Tessier have combined for a total 55 fights but only have six wins between them. It took Asongwed (3-12-7 1KO) 15 fights to notch his maiden victory but he has a 3-5-1 record in his last 9 so things are on an upswing. For Tessier, it has been a long time. A very long time. Seven years and 28 fights without a win, but Tessier still battles each time, and almost always makes it to the scorecards. He has a sneaky left hook that manifests itself late in fights on tiring and unsuspecting opponents. Asongwed gets off to quick starts, Tessier finishes strong and neither quits, could be a good tilt with hopefully somebody walking out with precious ‘W’, we say hopefully because Asongwed has seven draws to his credit.
Andrew Gardiner (4-0) was supposed to be tested last time out against veteran journeyman David Whittom in what looked to be best matched fight of the evening. Instead he went out and got his first knockout. Look for more of the same as Gardiner meets Gabor Zsalek (9-20-2) who has been stopped 15 times.
Four other fights are featured and only a few tickets are remaining for this final chapter of Emergence.