Calgary’s Devin Reti Wins Big at Dekada Fight Night

FightFan.com was ringside at the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino in the Tsuut’ina Nation outside Calgary, Alberta, for Dekada Fight Night, where hometown hero Devin Reti remains undefeated with a big win over Mexico’s Fernando Valencia. Read on for photos and a full recap of the evening’s action-packed events.

In what might have been the toughest fight of his professional career, Calgary’s Devin Reti (10-0- 5KOs) put his undefeated record on the line against seasoned Mexican fighter Fernando Valencia (8-6 -4KOs) in an impressive super welterweight title card. Reti seemed relaxed and in control in the early rounds, feinting to draw the Mexican fighter out and staying busy inside the pocket. After a measured start that saw both fighters sizing each other up, Reti opened up in the middle rounds, landing combinations and keeping the Mexican fighter off his game in terms of countering. The up-close-and-personal phone booth-style brawl often saw both boxers clinch and bash heads several times, with a nasty collision in the eighth and final round opening up a bloody gash on the Mexican fighter’s forehead. When the last bell rang, however, Reti’s undefeated record remained unblemished, with all three judges handing him a unanimous decision win. The victory represents a possible career jump for Reti, who is quickly demonstrating his chops as a world class fighter and will undoubtably be looking at bigger and better fighters in the months ahead.

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The night also saw “Country” Kandi Wyatt (5-0 – 2KOs) of Calgary take on Mexican fighter Erika “La Negra” Hernandez (6-3) in six rounds of welterweight women’s combat. Wyatt demonstrated impressive countering skills, working the jab to close the distance and delivering a flurry of combinations. The wily Mexican puncher, however, also demonstrated strong defensive work, landing plenty of hard-hitting shots and showcasing dextrous footwork that often kept Wyatt on her heels. The end result was an impressive bout for both boxers, with Wyatt ultimately staying busier and earning a unanimous decision win.

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In the lightweight card of the night, Calgary’s Gwyn Lewis (3-0 – 2KOs) took on Saskatoon local Wayne Smith (1-6 – 1KO) in a fight of the year contender at the Grey Eagle Casino. Smith showed an unbelievable chin, weathering a storm of vicious body blows and uppercuts from Lewis that would have easily downed a lesser fighter. When the dust settled after six rock-solid rounds, Lewis scored a well-deserved unanimous decision victory from the judges. Smith – despite walking away without a win – showed tremendous heart and remains a young fighter to watch given his speed, footwork and ability to take punishment.

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In the second boxing bout of the night, heavyweight slugger Justin Schmit (2-3-1KO) of Strathmore outfought Calgary’s Brad Wilson (1-3), earning a well-deserved TKO. At 43-years old, Wilson showed tremendous grit throughout the bout, but Schmit’s lungs and hard overhand right ultimately won out. After three hard-fought rounds – including a brutal second that left a large gash over Wilson’s eye – the Saskatchewan fighter’s legs gave out and the ref smartly called an end to the action, earning Schmit the first KO victory of his career.

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In the first boxing match of the night, Red Deer native Stephanie “SNAFU” Essensa (2-1) took on Queretaro, Mexico’s, Eloisa Martinez  (2-8) in four rounds of fast-paced featherweight women’s action. Both fighters showed impeccable footwork and timing, but neither was able to win over the judges completely to their cause, with the final scorecards coming up with a majority draw.

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The night also featured three K1 kickboxing fights, the last of which saw Calgary’s Peter Arbeau (2-1) take on Gerra “The Russian Beast” Gossen (1-3), scoring a unanimous judges decision after three rounds of solid action that saw Arbeau take complete control of the ring, working Gossen’s body with the knee and keeping him off balance and on the defensive throughout most of the match.

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The second K1 kick boxing fight of the night saw Calgary’s Mac Laursen (9-7), land a decision victory over Riley Pequin (4-1) after three rounds of intense action. Both fighters demonstrated solid technique and impeccable conditioning, but Laursen managed to impress the judges, demonstrating some smart footwork that often closed the distance and cut Pequin off in the ring.

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In the first K1 kickboxing bout of the evening, Calgary’s Shane Melnyk (2-3) shut down first-time scraper Robert Wicherek (0-1), with the ref calling a stop to the action in the third round. Melnyk displayed impressive control throughout the fight, whittling down Wicherek with a flurry of vicious kicks and head shots before ref Andy Social pulled the plug on the bout.

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