Gerow wins City title at Clash 18
The 18th edition of Clash@The Cascades saw some last minute changes, however, the 300 fans enjoyed a night of boxing with a high number of stoppages.
The main event was a Light Heavyweight tilt between Chad Gerow of Revolution Langley and Darren Featherstone, fighting out of Bisla Martial Arts.
At stake was a City title. The first round started slowly but as the round progressed Gerow started to find an overhand right. This punch hurt Featherstone, however, he pressed the fight into the second. The Gerow right was not to be denied and the fight went into the books as a second round TKO win for Gerow.
Gurpreet Buttar of City Boxing fought a tough back and forth battle with David Rojo of POWD and Buttar was to drop a split decision. Julian Kim of Port Kells fought a light heavyweight fight with Kory Grim, an independent, in a very exciting bout at 175 lbs. Grim won the first but tired badly and lost a split decision to Kim, who is on a winning streak.
Kim was the only Port Kells Boxer to win at Clash 18; Russ Lavery of Port Kells fought Francis Codillo of Contenders. The lightweight fight started in a competitive way but Lavery could not solve the southpaw style of Codillo and Codillo won an unanimous decision.
Jamie Chadwick of Port Kells had a very tough night with human buzz saw Jarek Brown of Action Boxing, who did not stop. Chadwick had his moments but Brown would not be denied and stopped Chadwick in the third.
Nineteen year old Scott Woodward of Four Corners boxed for the first time, taking on Mark Magano, 17, of Action Boxing. The first round was very competitive and entertaining. The second round started the same until the halfway mark when Woodward tired and Magano just kept on going. Referee Matt Lee wisely stopped the fight in the second round.
In a draw bout 11 year old Josh Lauriente and 12 year old Anthony Patrignan, both of Port Kells, boxed in their first bout.
Jillian Sask of Port Kells and Kate Robinson Action participated in a very competitive public spar.
Next up is Friday the 13th, the tag name of Clash 19, which will take place on Friday, July 13. The main event is expected to be for a B.C. Heavyweight Championship. Big Nate Nowalk of POWD will take on Adam Quiredo of N. Burnaby Boxing Club. Querido recently won a unanimous decision over City Heavyweight Champion Ritchie Evanochko in a non-title fight. Former Canadian Champion Gord Racette has a prospect in 18-year-old heavyweight Russell Leske, who will make his debut when he faces Dustin Turkey of Blue Corner.
ANDREATTA TO RETURN
Brookswood grad Matt Andreatta got good news on two fronts last week. He found out he had been accepted to UBC and will start in the fall and has worked things out so he can continue his promising boxing career. He also got the go ahead from his doctor that he can fight again after fracturing an ankle during his last fight in March. Andreatta is set to fight Garnet Samuels of Contenders on the Friday the 13th show.