Crowley wins grudge match in Canada

Press Release


Cody Crowley W12 Stuart McLellan... An all-Canadian grudge match was settled when Canadian junior middleweight champion Cody "The Crippler" Crowley (17-0, 9 KOs) won a unanimous decision over former Canadian champion Stuart McLellan (25-3-3, 10 KOs). The bout was held in Crowley's hometown, Peterborough, Ontario. Crowley won every minute of every round against the tough, but badly out-matched British Columbian McLellan. All three judges had it a shutout, 120-107.
The 25-year-old Crowley hit McLellan at will with southpaw lefts and rights like a cat playing with its food. Afterward, the two scrappers settled their differences with McLellan even contradicting his main pre-fight assertion by admitting over the house mic that Crowley is a "real fighter." Class move by a very tough fighter.
In the night's co-feature, local super middleweight Jordan McCue moved to 2-0 with a "good-while-it-lasted" TKO2 over Edmonton's Cody Purtel (0-2). The pair of scrappers commenced landing haymakers on each other from the first bell, with McCue increasingly getting the better of the exchanges. Purtel fought back bravely until being rescued from his own courage at 2:04 of the second, still on his feet. Both fighters can be proud of their short, but entertaining shootout.
For the first six rounds of their eight-round junior welterweight bout, Hamilton, Ontario's Steve Wilcox (20-3-1, 5 KOs) appeared to be heading toward a sleep-inducing decision over Mexico's Javier Mercado (25-14-2, 22 KOs). Using his longer arms to peck away with the occasional jab then retreat back to a safe distance, Wilcox seemed to have found a frustrating, yet winning strategy. Then, from out of seemingly nowhere, referee Donovan Boucher issued an unwarranted point deduction to Mercado for an invisible series of low blows, which seemed to anger the Mexican and wake him up. He immediately tore into Wilcox with an angry barrage of clubbing shots from both sides, stunning and then dropping the Canadian for two hard knockdowns. With some serious hometown assistance from referee Boucher, including slow counts and long, physician-level wellness checks, Wilcox was able to survive the onslaught. In the final round, Wilcox went back to playing it mostly safe. Despite the late-fight heroics, on points, Wilcox deserved the unanimous decision, and got it by scores of 77-73, 76-74 and 77-73. Mercado, however, deserves all the credit for saving this would-be sleep-aid of a fight.
A four-round 140-pound bout was ended early by the hammering fists of Russian-born Arthur Biyarslanov (2-0, 2 KOs) who stopped Mexico’s Isaac Castan (2-3-1, 1 KO) at 3:00 of round one. Biyarslanov had too much accuracy and power for the over-matched Mexican. Castan was down from a right hook and twice more from the follow-up and wisely elected not to come out for round two.
In a four-round cruiserweight bout, Bowmanville, Ontario's Abokan Bokpe (9-1, 4 KOs) stayed busier than his Mexico foe, Juan Santiago (6-3-1, 5 KOs) and managed to win a unanimous decision. Scores were 40-36 (twice) and 39-37). The much larger Bokpe chose a mostly cautious approach to the wild-swinging Mexican, but did enough body work and counter punching to deserve the nod.
A rousing female super featherweight battle between winless newcomers started out the night, as Tijuana's Ana Ruth Castro (now 1-1) was too much for Madison Blakely (0-3) from nearby Belleville, Ontario. The game Blakely had no answer for Castro’s repeated clubbing right hands, and ate enough of them to lose by unanimous, four-round decision. What it lacked in skill, it was made up for by the heart of both women. source for all results: press release