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.”
The undercard was packed full of excitement. Cruiserweight Jordan Smith (3-0-1, 1KOs) of Calgary showed he’s ready for a Canadian title shot by defeating highly touted Albertan Rob Nichols (6-3-1, 4KOs) of Edmonton. The judges scored the fight 58-55, 57-56, and 57-56, all in favour of Smith. “We think Jordan is ready for a national title fight,” said De Guzman. “He’s earned it. The title is currently vacant, we think Smith should get a crack at it ASAP.”
In other action, UFC veteran Nick Ring (5-1-0, 2KOs) returned to boxing, handing Elvis Vukaj (2-1-0) the first loss of his professional career. The judges scored of 60-54, 60-54, and 59-53, all in favour of Ring. Following the fight, Ring had nothing but praise for Vukaj. “He has the heart of Lion,” Ring explained via Facebook. “I have enormous respect for him. Watch out for him in the future. He is very talented and I’m proud to have had the chance to be a part of his promising career.”
At super featherweight, Roxie Lam (5-0-0, 3KOs) of Calgary took one step closer to a Canadian championship of his with a unanimous decision victory over Wayne Smith (0-4-1) of Newfoundland. Smith dropped Lam in the first but, to quote Fightfan.com’s Ace Freeman, “the local charge rallied back and really let his hands go.” When the dust settled, Lam was the winner via unanimous decision. The judges’ scorecards read 38-37, 38-37, and 39-37.
Last, but not least, Mario Perez (16-6-4, 9KOs) of Toronto earned a six round unanimous decision over Dave Aucoin (3-13-0, 1KOs) of Brantford, Ontario, by scores of 60-54, 60-54, and 58-56.