The Teofista Boxing Series (TBS) is proud to announce it’s much anticipated return to the Chinese Cultural Centre in Calgary, Alberta, for a six fight card on Friday, May 29. The main event will feature local middleweight prospect Devin Reti (1-0-0, 1KOs) in a four rounder against battle-tested veteran Antonio Dos Santos (2-9-0, 1KOs) of East Vancouver, British Columbia. An accomplished amateur, Reti started his pro campaign with a bang last November, stopping the more experienced Starr Roberts of North Dakota via second round knockout. TBS is making this fight particularly special for Reti by donating a portion of the proceeds to the Alberta Cancer Foundation in memory of his mother, who recently lost her battle with the disease.
On March 28, United Boxing Promotions kicked off its Spring boxing season with a bang, staging seven fights, featuring a mix of popular veterans and exciting prospects. It was one Ontario’s most intriguing boxing shows in recent memory. Logan McGuinness pitched a near shutout. Donovan Ruddock scored an improbable come-from-behind knockout. Ryan Young – for the first time – was taken the distance. Local favourites Kevin Higson and Junmar Emon went toe to toe for eight hard rounds. Tim Cronin blasted out New Brunswick light heavyweight prospect Travis Connors in under three rounds. Last, but certainly not least, undefeated super featherweight Josh O’Reilly kept his perfect record intact. Talk of March 28 is still echoing throughout Canadian boxing circles, but United Boxing Promotions is right back at it, scheduling three additional Ontario fight cards, slated for May 9 at Steakhouse 17 in Mississauga, June 27 at the Ajax Community Centre, and August 29 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga.
On Tuesday, April 14, Hamilton lightweight boxer Steve “The Piranha” Wilcox (11-1-0, 5KOs) faces Michael Gadbois (13-0-2, 4KOs) of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, for the WBC International Silver Lightweight Championship at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. The fight, scheduled for ten rounds, is the main event of the annual Shaw Festival boxing gala. With a win, Wilcox will move to within striking distance of the world’s top ten lightweights. “This fight means everything to me,” explained Wilcox. “Winning this fight will move me forward to much bigger things. Things I’ve been training for my whole life.”
On Friday, April 3, Teofista Promotions presented another exciting evening of professional boxing at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino in Calgary, Alberta. In the main event, hometown Canadian welterweight champion Steve “The Dragon” Claggett (21-3-1, 14KOs) successfully defended his title against former champion Tebor Brosch (7-7-5, 2KOs) of Mississauga, Ontario. After ten vicious rounds of fighting, Claggett was declared the winner by unanimous decision, earning scores of 99-91, 99-91, and 97-93. “I respect Brosch,” said Claggett. “He came to fight just like we knew he would. I’m happy to still be champion and plan on keeping this title for a long time.” Promoter Eric De Guzman was no less excited with the win. “Steve showed everyone he’s the top welterweight in the country,” said De Guzman. “Very few boxers have done so well against Brosch. Steve sent a message to the rest of the division tonight. He wants anybody and everybody, in Canada and abroad. He’s a real champion.”
Lee Baxter Management (LBM) is proud to announce the return of three of its fighters, in three different cities. On Saturday, April 11, LBM’s welterweight standout Samuel “The Bull” Vargas (20-1-0, 10KOs) of Mississauga, Ontario, will face undefeated American Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (15-0-0, 12KOs) under the bright lights of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, in a highly anticipated ten round clash. Vargas has won five in a row, including a fifth round stoppage of Flavio Turelli his last time out. He is a multiple division Canadian champion, wearing both the welterweight and super welterweight crowns at various points in his career. “Sam is ready for the next step in his boxing career,” explained manager Lee Baxter. “A lot of people consider him an underdog in this fight, but he’s the type of guy no one should take lightly.”
Undefeated Hamiltonian boxers Kevin Higson (5-0-0) and Josh O’Reilly (2-0-0) return to action on March 28 at Mississauga’s Hershey Centre. Products of Bob Wilcox’s Steeltown Boxing Club on Upper Ottawa Street, both Higson and O’Reilly recently re-signed with manager Tyler Buxton. “Steeltown Boxing makes it easy to find top prospects,” explained Buxton. “Bob thoroughly prepares his guys as amateurs, giving them the boxing IQ needed to jump seamlessly into the pro ranks. Kevin and Josh are both blue chip talents with bright futures in the sport. I’m proud to say I’m their manager.”
Undefeated middleweight boxer Ryan Young (6-0-0, 6KOs), Oakville’s own knockout machine, returns to action on March 28 at Mississauga’s Hershey Centre against fellow power puncher Bruno Leonardo Romay (8-3-0, 8KOs) of Argentina in a scheduled six rounder. After a very successful 2014, Young has re-signed with manager Tyler Buxton to continue his quest for a national championship.
Teofista Promotions is proud to announce the return of undisputed Canadian welterweight champion Steve “The Dragon” Claggett (20-3-1, 14KOs) in an exciting, ten round, national title defense against former champion “The Mighty” Tebor Brosch (7-6-5, 2KOs) of Mississauga, Ontario, on April 3 at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino in Calgary, Alberta. After a razor thin decision loss to undefeated Russian prospect Konstantin Ponomarev (27-0-0, 13KOs) in January, “The Dragon” is particularly hungry for victory against Brosch, who represents one of the champion’s toughest domestic challenges to date.