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FightFan.com was ringside at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino in Calgary, AB for Teofista Boxing Series 26 where veteran B.C. fighter Stuart McLellan earned a unanimous decision win over Mexico’s Cesar Figueroa. Read on for photos and a full recap of the evening’s action-packed events.
William’s Lake, B.C.’s Stuart McLellan (22-2-3, 8KOs) outfought Mexico City’s Cesar Figueroa (8-11-1, 5KOs) in the main event of the night. The eight-round welterweight slugfest saw the seasoned Canadian fighter come out strong, using solid combinations and countering to wear the slippery Figueroa down. The Mexican fighter looked flustered during a number of the exchanges, often falling back on clinching to try and frustrate his opponent. McLellan looked a little shaky in Round 6 when he ended up with a 1 point deduction after clipping the back of Figueroa’s head, but managed to pour on the gas in the final rounds, showcasing some impressive defensive work and bloodying the Mexican fighter’s nose in the eight and final round. All three judges scored the bout 79-72 in a unanimous decision in favour of the crowd-favourite McLellan.
In the co-featured bout of the evening, Lethbridge’s Maged Hammo (1-2-1) squared off against Calgary local Connor Bush (4-1-2, 2KOs) in four rounds of hard-hitting middlweight action that ended in a majority draw. Both boxers put on an impressive display of pugilism, with Bush bloodying Hammo’s face in the fourth and neither fighter backing down during the rapid-fire exchange.
Edmonton’s Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford (14-0, 9KOs) – who was called into the bout with only two days notice – battered Miguel Cubos (11-14, 8KOs) of San Luis Potosi, Mexico in the night’s light heavyweight match. Cubos was dropped in the second and third rounds with referee Joel Scobie waving off the bout. Full credit to Cubos for showing a lot of heart and playing to the crowd despite hitting the canvas multiple times.
Teofista’s Mike ‘El Tornado’ Smallwood (6-1, 2KOs) dominated Vancouver’s Dia Grant (1-10), scoring an impressive stoppage after two rounds of solid super middleweight action. Smallwood – who is also a seasoned Muy Thai fighter – easily outclassed Grant who seemed out of his element against the wily veteran.
In the first bout of the evening, Regina’s Robert ‘Full’ Nelson (1-4, 1KO) scored a vicious knockout against Calgary’s own Louie Grover (0-3) after two rounds of lightweight action. Following the fight, Grover announced his retirement from boxing and a renewed focus on his MMA career.
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