Press Release: On Saturday, February 9th at the Memorial Centre in Peterborough, Ontario, hometown favorite Cody “The Crippler” Crowley will promote and fight in the twelve-round main event. In the toughest test of his career, the undefeated Crowley (16-0, 9 KOs) will defend his CPBC Canadian 154-pound title against former Canadian champion Stuart McLellan (25-2-3, 10 KOs). Tickets are available at www.memorialcentre.ca.
The 25-year-old Crowley, from nearby Douro, Ontario, now resides and trains in Las Vegas with Ibn Cason, brother of former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman. The aggressive southpaw has gained notoriety and popularity back home for sparring with Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s sparring partner for Mayweather's Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor fights.
Officially his own promoter as president of CCC Promotions, Crowley had solid wins in May 2017, a unanimous decision over Mexico’s Edgar Ortega and May 2018, a unanimous decision over Canadian rival Kevin Higson.
“He’s one of the first guys I wanted to fight when I turned pro,” said Crowley of McLellan. “He calls me out after every fight. I’ve offered him purses before, but now he realizes this is his biggest opportunity for a fight in Canada. I think it’ll be a great fight. We are going to bang it out, toe-to-toe. He thinks he has experience on his side and keeps saying I’m not ready, but people have only seen about 20% of what I can do. He’s a big guy who walks around at 175 lbs or so. He hunts you down and comes forward and tries to break you down, but that’s what I do. And I do it way better.”
The 32-year-old McLellan is an eleven-year professional and former national champion, currently riding a thirteen-fight winning streak dating back to 2015. A determined and active pressure fighter, McLellan has gained a reputation as a spoiler for fighting and winning in the opponent’s hometown.
McLellan maintains that Crowley isn’t ready for a fighter with his experience.
“I know he’s got money behind him and gets the best training in Vegas, but all the glitz and glamor mean nothing to me. It’s nothing new to be on the road and be a road warrior. I won the Canadian title in the guy’s hometown. He thinks he’s ready for me, but he has no idea what he’s getting into. He’s going to find out on February 9. I have too much experience. I’m a very busy fighter and people have a hard time dealing with it. The stuff he’s learning right now is already second nature to me. 21 years of experience speaks for itself.”