The Sweet Science

Electric Night of Boxing Sees N.B. Boxers Dominate – By Paul Doiron

Annie Mazerolle versus Mexico's Maria Jose Velis.
Photo: Ernesto Carranza / Miramichi Leader

Boxing fans who attended this past Saturday night’s fight card at the Civic Center in Miramichi were treated to an evening of nonstop hard-hitting action right from the opening bell of the night and judging from the large turnout, it’s pretty much a sure bet that it won’t be long before another fight card is held on the Mighty Miramichi. Promoter Ian McKillop and Donnybrook Promotions did a great job of putting together a World class night at the fights with all the bouts taking place seeing lots of back and forth toe to toe action that will no doubt have fans looking forward to another event in the very near future.

The opening bout of the evening saw Brantford Ontario’s Jordan Crawford scoring a hard earned 3rd round TKO over Miramichi-based, Campbelton-born Yvan Bosse in a four round Light-heavyweight matchup. Both fighters were making their Pro debuts and they took turns in rocking the other guy but it was the Bell City’s Crawford, trained by well known boxing trainer Bill Williams who was able to land the harder shots midway through round three, forcing the referee to call a halt to the action with Bosse in trouble along the ropes. Orangeville Ontario’s Logan “Cotton” McGuinness entered the ring against Mexico’s Edgar Ramirez with a record of 25- 1&1 (12Ko’s) and the exciting Lightweight was looking for a win with hopes of returning to the World rankings where he’d once been ranked number four by the W.B.A.

Of course, Ramirez had other plans. Early in round 1 of the scheduled six round bout, Ramirez landed several hard shots to the head, stunning McGuinness, forcing him to hang on. From there, the two traded punch for punch in a bout that had fans on their feet cheering both boxers on. McGuinness would be cut under both eyes as well as on the right eye from Ramirez’s sharp punches. The bout would be scored a draw at the final bell and both fighters were given a well earned standing ovation.

Former Canadian heavyweight champ, Dillon Carmen of Missisauga Ont. scored a 5th round knockout of Mexico’s more than willing Carlos Carreon who was able to give the ex-champ some trouble in the early going. The 6 foot 5 Carmen was able to pin Carreon in the corner midway through round 5 and send him to the canvas where he took the 10 count to end matters. Hats off to Carreon for a great effort!

Richibuctou’s Dominic “Don’t Blink” Babineau took a few rounds to get rid of the rust from being out of action since August of 2017 but by early in round three of his six round bout against the smooth boxing Arturo Lopez of Mexico, he was landing punches from all angles, hurting the visitor with shots to both the head and body. Early in round four, Babineau, a former Canadian Amateur champ, sent Lopez to the canvas with a hard-left hook to the body. The brave Mexican got up and tried to get back into the fight but was dropped again with another left hook to the liver. The fight would be stopped with Lopez on one knee, in pain and unable to continue. Babineau improved his record to 9&1 (7 knockouts) as he continues his march towards a shot at the Canadian Super-featherweight title. This kid has champ written all over him and in fact could find himself fighting for the National title in the next 6 to 12 months.

Annie Mazerolle versus Mexico's Maria Jose Velis. Photo: Ernesto Carranza / Miramichi Leader
Annie Mazerolle versus Mexico’s Maria Jose Velis.
Photo: Ernesto Carranza / Miramichi Leader

St. Louis de Kent’s Annie Mazerolle, the 2017 National Boxing Authority’s Canadian Female Fighter of the Year also moved one step closer to fighting for the Canadian championship with a hard earned six round decision over Mexico’s rough and tough Maria Jose Velis in a bout that saw both fighters standing in front of the other, trading punch for punch for all six rounds.
Mazerolle was able to hurt Velis several times and had the more than willing Velis in trouble and almost put an end to matters in both rounds 4&5. The two fighters were fighting a rematch from a bout fought in April of 2017 in Bouctouche in which Mazerolle scored a decision. Look for Mazerolle, a huge crowd favourite to fight for the National championship before the end of 2018.

In the evening’s semifinals, Boiestown’s Chris Norrad, a former Canadian Cruiserweight champ, moved his undefeated record to 16&0 with a 6th and final round TKO of Hugo Lomeli with the bout ending at the 2:05 mark with Lomeli on the canvas in pain. The veteran Mexican fighter saw his over all record drop to 20- 13&1 (15Kos) as Norrad keeps moving towards a possible shot at the Canadian Heavyweight title. A fight between Norrad and Carmen would sell out the Civic Center and fans would be the real winners if such a bout took place.

The evening’s Main Event saw defending Canadian (C.P.B.C.) 160-pound champion Nathan Millier of Elsipogtog scoring an 8-round decision over Mexico’s Joaquin Murrietu who showed that he was more than willing to slug it out with Millier. This bout saw both having their moments. Millier took a few rounds to warm up and by round 4 was in control of the action. Midway through round 5, Murrietu landed a hard-left hook and send Millier to the deck for an eight count.

Millier was able to box his way out of trouble and finished the round with Murrietu pinned on the ropes near his own corner in trouble. Millier then won the last 3 rounds to secure the points win. The impressive hard-earned win moves Millier’s record to 12-2&2 (8Kos). The 26-year Millier improves every time he fights and could be a huge draw on future cards in Miramichi.

Word is that promoters have already started work on another card for the Mighty Miramichi for the very near future. With the great fan support this past Saturday night, Miramichi could very well become N.B.’s boxing capital. Things can only get even bigger!

Don’t forget: Keep your hands up and your chin tucked in!

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