Zab Judah Victorious in His Canadian Debut at Dekada Fight Night in Calgary!

FightFan.com was ringside at the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino in the Tsuut’ina Nation outside Calgary, Alberta for Dekada Fight Night, where six-time world champion Zab Judah earned a unanimous decision win over Mexico’s Noel Rincon. Read on for photos and a full recap of the evening’s action-packed events.

In his first fight on Canadian soil over the course of his 22-year career, world champion Zab “Super” Judah (44-9 – 30 KOs) outfought Mexico’s Noel Meija Rincon (21-13 – 12 KOs) over ten rounds of super lightweight action. The 40-year old Brooklyn south paw displayed flashes of his trademark style, working the jab and landing crisp combinations, but at the same time never really seemed to take control of the fight. Rincon also struggled to make an impact in the early rounds, delivering a low blow to Judah in the third that momentarily stunned the former IBF junior welterweight champion. Judah – who hasn’t fought in over a year – did show some solid movement, slipping Rincon’s shots and displaying impressive footwork that cut off the ring and kept his opponent off guard. Despite being slightly outclassed, the seasoned Mexican fighter often seemed to set the somewhat measured pace of the fight, bloodying Judah’s nose in the fourth round and hammering the champ with a series of blistering head shots. The fight ended in a unanimous decision victory for Judah, who managed to edge out Rincon in a somewhat slow but still entertaining bout. We here at FightFan.com look forward to seeing Judah return to the Great White North.

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In the co-featured bout of the evening, Calgary-based fighter Albert “the Punisher” Onolunose (21-1 – 7 KOs) scored a well-earned decision victory over Mexican veteran Victor Manuel Palacios (15-15 – 8 KOs), in eight rounds of action-packed middleweight pugilism. Both fighters made smart work of the ring and were evenly matched for the first four rounds before Onolunose took control in the fifth, dropping the Mexican fighter three separate times in less than a minute with a series of thunderous blows to the body. Palacios spent the remaining rounds largely on his heels and running low on gas, even as he demonstrated a solid chin and plenty of grit after weathering more punishment to the body.

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The fourth fight of the night saw Calgary’s Alvin ‘The Baby Faced Assassin” Tam (14-6, 3 KOs) score a devastating KO against Arturo Lujano (9-12 – 4KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico. The bout saw a slow start for Tam – the son of former world champion Rey Tam – but the Filipino super featherweight found his rhythm and scored a solid knockdown in the third and another in the fourth before the ref put an end to the carnage.

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Calgary local Devon Reti (9-0 – 4KOs) scored a flashy knockout victory against Mexico’s Isidro “Texano” Toala (10-7 – 3 KOs). The more technically sound Reti showed impressive footwork and sharp counter punching, working the jab throughout the fight and following up with solid combinations that slowly wore the wily Mexican fighter down. The welterweight fight came to a head in the fifth, with Reti dropping his opponent twice before Toala’s corner threw in the towel.

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The second fight of the night saw Strathmore, Alberta’s Justin Schmit (1-3), tangle with Tsuut’ina Nation local Zach Manywounds (2-1 – 1K0). Manywounds dramatic entrance to traditional tribal drumming set the tone for the gritty four-round slugfest, with both fighters putting in some vicious body work and remaining busy throughout the bout. Ultimately Schmit walked away with a hard fought win after a unanimous decision from the three judges scoring the light heavyweight card.

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In the first bout of the evening, Calgary’s Gwyn Lewis (2-0) scored a rock-solid TKO against Mexico’s Cristobal Diego (3-1, 1KO) after four rounds of lightweight action. Diego faced a 1-point deduction in the second after launching a bomb after from the ref had called a halt to the action to break the fighters apart. Local-boy Lewis seemed cool and in control throughout the fight, knocking down an outclassed Diego in the second, third and fourth rounds before ref Andy Social called a stoppage to the bout.

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