The tag line “best of the best” turned out to have a double meaning at the Clash @ The Cascades’ 12th edition on Friday.
The tag line was in reference to the double main event and the BC Light Heavyweight title fight between Ty MacDougall from Kamloops and Langley’s City Boxing prospect Dan Csaszar. However, the sellout crowd of 400-plus and the nine spectacular fights made this edition of the “Clash” series the best show the local promotion Fights in The City has done to date.
Going into the fight BC Golden Gloves Champion Ty MacDougall was a slight favorite to defeat Dan Csaszar who at 18 seemed too inexperienced to defeat the bigger MacDougall who has been boxing for 10 years. Csaszar started using his jab and being very conservative, he was to say after the fight MacDougall hit him harder than any other fighter had hit him in the past. Csaszar won the first 2 rounds on all three judges cards with a solid jab and good movement. The more experienced MacDougall came on to win rounds 3 and 4, however, looked tired at the end of the 4th.
The 5th and final round decided the fight and two of three judges gave the round to Csaszar. One judge had the fight a draw scoring one even round but the remaining two judges had it for Csaszar who now is the BC Light Heavyweight Champion. Csaszars trainer Dave Allison is planning to drop the new Champion to the Super Middleweight division and have him fight in the Prestigious Tacoma Golden Gloves a tournament he won two years ago.
The second main event saw Welterweight Champion Jake Weitzel lose his title to Sharvin Soltani who looked spectacular at times in winning a unanimous decision. Soltani moved up a weight division to challenge Weitzel and reverse an earlier loss. Soltani is slated to fight Akbar Qurban 20 who holds the 140lb BC title.
The rematch between Mat Andreatta 17 and Ibrahim Ibrahim was clearly the best fight of the night for action and intensity and the judges were split one had the fight even one for Ibrahim and the other for Andreatta making the fight a draw. Langley’s Gurpreet Buttar hardly got started when George Vourtsis of Sunshine Coast clipped him on the chin. Buttar went down and beat the 10 count and wanted to continue however referee Diane Dutra stopped the match.
City Boxing’s Tim Masters 23 scored a stunning third round stoppage of Tom Bennett 23 of Port Kells Boxing Club. The fight was close but Masters right hand was used sparingly but it was effective to the point Bennett took three standing eight counts. Referee Dale Walters made a solid call in stopping the contest. Port Kells lightweight Russ Laverly 18 took on Cole Beers 17 of Madkatz Boxing a Kelowna club. The fight was very competitive and was called a draw.
There are eight Clash @ The Cascades scheduled for 2012 and City Boxing manager Dave Allison feels boxing is back and the fascination with MMA will prove to be a passing fad. “I believe MMA will continue as a sport, however, the honeymoon is over and boxing is back.”
The sellout crowd at the Coast Hotel and Convention Center suggest the often outspoken Allison may be right.
Results Clash @ The Cascades 12:
Dan Csaszar 174lb win split dec. Ty MacDougall 181lb, 5 Rounds
Sharvin Soltani 140lb win unani. dec. Jake Weitzel 148lb, 5 Rounds
Cale Frazer 178lb win TKO 2 Andrew Blanco 178lb, 3 Rounds
Georges Vourtsis 147lb KO 1 Gurpreet Buttar 146lb, 3 Rounds
Mat Andreatta 135lb Draw Ibrahim Ibrahim 140lb, 3 Rounds
Russ Lavery 134lb Draw Cole Beers 131lb, 3 Rounds
Pavir Atwal 172lb TKO 2 Robbie Anger 177lb, 3 Rounds
Tim Masters 141lb TKO 3 Tom Bennett 146lb, 3 Rounds
Brennan Paterson 138lb win unani. dec. Inder Bhabba 135lb, 3 Rounds