It was an electric and emotional night of boxing in small town Alberta Saturday night as Teofista Boxing brought a packed slate of fisticuffs to the Canadian corn capital. Taber’s own Joel Mills (9-3-1, 3 KOs) returned to fight in front of a hometown crowd for the first time in his career and did not disappoint the local faithful.
The crowd chanted “Mills-y Mills-y” as he made his long awaited ring walk before a packed house of 1200+. The sound of the opening bell brought the house down and the action in the ring did not disappoint.
Zamora, Mexico’s Alejandro Herrera quickly showed he was in Canada to fight as he stood his ground and engaged Mills in the centre of the ring. The local charge worked the body with aplomb and set up an early knockdown via a nice right hand. Herrera took the count and stood up just in time to hear the bell sound to end the opening stanza.
A spirited Round 2 saw some good back and forth action. The Mexican visitor landed some big body shots and rocked Mills with some bombs of his own. The crowd was on their feet with their hearts in their throats as it was high drama at the local hockey rink.
Mills had the look of a man possessed and was clearly feeding on the crowd’s energy. He pressed forward as they cheered his name and landed some telling counter punches during some great exchanges.
In Round 3 Mills turned up the heat and scored another knockdown set up by some great body shots. Herrera was game and showed a lot of heart to press forward but another chopping right hand to the temple put him down for the ten count.
The crowd erupted as Mills embraced chief second Eric de Guzman. He roared at the crowd with blood streaming down his face.
After giving an emotional post fight interview Mills thanked the capacity crowd and said he would ponder his next move. While nothing is certain in the immediate aftermath, the electrifying night of boxing in a packed Taber hockey arena showed the small Alberta town might just be one of Canada’s next boxing hotbeds.
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