Return of the (P)Mac: Paul Mackenzie returns with KO of Kilkenny on KO Boxing’s “Full Force” Edmonton card!
By Ace Freeman (20-Mar-2015)
Early action from KO Boxing’s “Full Force” card at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.
Photo: Ace Freeman
Local favourite Paul ‘P-mac’ Mackenzie
(6-0-1, 4 KOs) returned to action after over a year away from the ring to destroy a much bigger Jarred Kilkenny (4-2-2, 3 KOs) Friday night at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Canada. The fight was a co-featured bout on KO Boxing’s “Full Force” card and it had the crowd on their feet throughout. Mackenzie came into the ring to the sounds of “Return of the Mac” and it was clear the Alberta charge has not lost his appeal. After a cautious opening round Mackenzie hurt Kilkenny with a big shot and followed up until he battered the big man down. The Calgary charge bravely got up but was quickly decked again twice more. While he did get up a third time, he was under siege and the referee halted the action at the 1:48 mark of Round 2 with Mackenzie all over him. ‘P-mac’ had lost a significant amount of weight for the bout and intends to continue training for another bout in June.
In the co-main event of the evening, surging Canadian middleweight Steve Rolls of Toronto, Ontario moved to 11-0 (6 KOs) with a blistering beat-down to Jozef Kormany’s liver. Rolls went to the body with a vengeance and scored multiple knockdowns before the bout was finally halted at the :35 mark of Round 3.
Edmonton’s Mike McWilliams and Saskatoon’s Kye Sabo fought to a spirited six round draw in a co-featured bout Friday night in Edmonton. They both left it all in the ring as both men gave as good as they got over six busy rounds. After it was all said and done one judge had McWilliams up 58-56 and the other two cards were even at 57-57 rendering the bout a draw.
Edmonton’s Sheena Kaine moved to 3-0 as a professional when she stopped Nelson, BC’s Nicole Gozdek in a wild first round affair. Gozdek, who took the bout on short notice, decided to go for broke from the opening bell. Kaine was calm under early pressure and took control with short, sharp counter punches. A huge punch turned Gozdek around and the bout was waived off at the :51 mark.
In a battle of local Edmonton fighters, Justin Hocko picked up his first career victory with a spirited four round majority decision over Abdula Teymouri. Both men gave as good as they got but Hocko’s accuracy gave him the edge to secure the hard fought victory.
In the second bout of the evening, Edmonton’s Kandi Wyatt pounded out an exciting four round unanimous decision over Toronto’s Lita Mae Button. Scores were 40-36 and 39-37(x2).
In the opening bout of the evening, two local Edmonton, Alberta fighters went toe to toe. Eric Taylor started strong scoring two knockdowns in the opening stanza but Reece Chapman showed heart to hold on. Taylor was in command the whole wan and scored two more knockdowns before the bout was waived off in the third at 2:43.