On Saturday, August 29, undefeated Hamilton prospect Kevin Higson (6-0-0) and top contender Francesco Cotroni (10-5-1, 5KOs) of Mascouche, Quebec, will go ten rounds or less for the vacant Canadian Super Welterweight championship. The Higson-Cotroni contest is slated for Mississauga’s Hershey Centre, adding yet another historic event to the venue’s already decorated pugilistic pedigree.
This opportunity arose when reigning champion, and Higson stablemate, Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook vacated his title to fight for the WBA Inter-Continental strap this weekend in Ajax, Ontario. Although Higson has just six fights as a pro, promoter Tyler Buxton is confident that his man has the goods to win the Canadian title. “He’s one of the most polished boxers to emerge in Canada in recent years,” said Buxton. “Dealing with Higgy’s speed and footwork is a headache for any boxer, Canadian or otherwise. He’s shown he can take a punch too, which will be critical against a slugger like Cotroni.” In his last outting, Higson showed he can play the give and take game, and emerge victorious, by going toe to toe with Ontario-rival Junmar Emon (6-2-0, 2KOs) in March. After a thrilling contest, Higson took a unanimous decision by scores of 80-72, 77-75, and 79-73, earning himself a unanimous decision and a Canadian title shot.
Cotroni’s style could not be more different from Higson’s. A seasoned battler, with some truly impressive wins to his credit, Cotroni relentlessly comes forward, forcing his opponents to engage. “He’s never in a dull fight,” explained Buxton. “Cotroni gives fans excitement each and every time he enters the ring. With him and Higson in there, I think it’s a home run. Fans will be talking about this fight for months to come.” Cotroni exploded onto the national fight scene in 2013 by handing once-defeated Rory Coveney (10-2-0, 4KOs) a lopsided ten-round defeat. His most impressive win to date, however, was a stunning TKO1 victory over former Canadian amateur standout Richard Reittie (11-4-2, 7KOs) back in 2014.
The Higson-Cotroni fight is part of an exciting evening of boxing, headlined by a twelve round cruiserweight tilt between former North American champ and world title challenger Denton Daley (13-1-0, 6KOs) of Brampton, Ontario, and former IBF International and Inter-Continental champion Giulian Ilie (20-9-2, 6KOs) of Romania. In other action, Canadian light welterweight champion Steven Wilcox (11-1-1, 5KOs) of Hamilton returns for a lightweight ten rounder against an opponent TBA. Tickets are available in person at the Hershey Centre box office, online at ticketmaster.ca, or by calling 1-855-985-5000.