MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO (March 7, 2014) – United Promotions, in conjunction with Title Fight Promotions, is pleased to announce the return of undefeated Canadian light middleweight champion Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook (12-0-0, 7KO) of Ajax, Ontario, on May 3, 2014, at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Cook will go ten rounds or less with hard-hitting national contender Phil “The Assassin” Rose (5-2-1, 4KO) of Whitby, Ontario, for the vacant NABA Canada light middleweight championship. On the undercard, slick-boxing Canadian light welterweight champ Steven “The Piranha” Wilcox (8-1-0, 4KO) of Hamilton, Ontario, returns against Saul Mendoza (10-7-1, 2KO) of Mexico in a six rounder.
After an outstanding 2013, Brandon Cook intends to start 2014 with a bang. Cook won his Canadian light middleweight championship last June, stopping decorated veteran Fitz Vanderpool (26-8-4, 13KO) via TKO1 to claim the vacant title. Three months later, the “Bad Boy” made his first defense, taking a unanimous decision over former Canadian welterweight champion Tebor Brosch (7-5-5, 2KO). After two straight wins on the domestic scene, Cook turned his attention to the international field in November, becoming the first man to stop Italy’s Luca Michael Pasqua (16-7-1, 10KO). On May 3, Cook returns to the national spotlight looking to add the vacant NABA Canada title to his collection against Phil Rose. Rose is a familiar face for Ontario fight fans, regularly appearing on Hershey Centre cards throughout 2010 and 2011. Recently, “The Assassin” exploded onto the national boxing scene by stopping two-time Olympian and former North American champion Adam Trupish (11-2-0, 8KO) via TKO5 in Edmonton, Alberta, earning this title clash with Cook.
In a top-notch undercard bout, Canadian light welterweight champ Steven Wilcox returns against Saul Mendoza of Mexico. Wilcox won his Canadian title in September, stopping Maritime hopeful Marcel Maillet Jr. (3-6-1) of New Brunswick by eighth round TKO. After losing the first bout of his career against Christian Uruzquieta (11-2-0, 4KO) in November, Wilcox is hungry for a convincing victory in Mississauga. Mendoza, a man known for stellar showings against Canadian prospects, is looking to spoil Wilcox’s return with one of his now infamous underdog performances. After earning a majority draw with Chris Plaitis (5-0-1) of Montreal and losing a majority decision to Baha Laham (12-1-2, 5KO), also of Montreal, Mendoza is looking for an upset win to cap off the Canadian leg of his career.
Tickets will be available at the Hershey Centre box office, ranging from $35 to $200 in price.