Arthur Biyarslanov used a flurry of point-scoring blows in the third and final round to defeat Canadian champion Rega Jihad in a cadet bout on Sunday afternoon at the Cabbagetown Boxing Club.
The 15-year-old south paw, facing the current age-group champ in the 132 pound category, came out on top of the judge’s scorecard despite a slow start to the fight.
It was not the first time the two had met as they had squared off once prior to this meeting, with Biyarslanov taking the decision over the Ottawa native.
In the early going, it appeared both fighters were wary to take too much of a risk, well aware of what their opponent had to offer if a miscue were to occur.
The tactical battle continued on into the second round but each fighter traded spurts of control with neither gaining any discernible advantage.
That was until Jihad began pressing the Toronto native against the ropes and appeared to gain an edge on the judges’ score cards.
With one round to go, Biyarslanov’s sense of urgency seemed to kick in as he came out for the final frame firing on all cylinders.
Using a wide variety of combinations and effective evasive manoeuvres, the southpaw completely dominated the last round eventually being awarded with a standing eight count of the Ottawa native.
Both fighters showed flashes of brilliance but Biyarslanov’s effort in the last round proved to be the difference as he once again knocked off the Canadian champion by way of unanimous decision.
Cabbagetown brought together a showcase of younger talents in a set of amateur bouts against fighters out of gyms hailing from Ottawa and Niagara Falls.
The event was held to raise funds to support the renovation of the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.
Throughout the course of the afternoon eight bouts, three rounds of two minutes each, from various weight classes and age groups.
The first matchup saw 24-year-old Sam Beya of Final Round Gym in Ottawa pitted against Sam Gainer of Cabbagetown at the 150 pound weight division.
From the opening bell Beya looked to be the aggressor and continually forced Gainer against the ropes. The southpaw used an effective array of one-two combinations, eventually forcing the referee to call a standing eight count on Gainer.
To open the second round Beya unleashed a vicious flurry appearing to further distance himself from his opponent on the judges’ scorecards.
Throughout the fight it appeared Gainer was outclassed as he was in only his second bout and his counterpart’s experience began to wear the Torontonian out.
In the end Beya’s use of the jab finishing with a strong left cross was the difference as he took the fight by unanimous decision.
Baker gets a controversial one
Two fights on the card featured female competitors and both were action packed.
In the first bout, Antonia Baker of Cabbagetown Boxing Club took a controversial split decision over Shelley Barneit of Training Room Gym in the women’s senior 120 pounds division.
The other matchup saw Debbie Richards of Sharky’s Gym outpoint Cabbagetown’s Krishan Lysenko for the unanimous decision in the 145lbs class.
In a men’s bout between youngsters in the cadet 100 pounds division, 13-year-old Connor Judge of Cabbagetown defeated Jeff Venzory from Niagara by unanimous decision in what was not the prettiest of fights.
Experience was the difference in the bout between Henry Lopez of Final Round Gym and Alex Ebanks of Cabbagetown.
Lopez was participating in his 80th fight while Ebanks was only in number 15, and the inexperienced showed as the smaller fighter took the decision in this matchup at the senior 150 pound division.
The fight that actually headlined the event saw two heavyweights step into the ring for what turned out to be a disappointment.
Omari Henry of Cabbagetown boxing was unimpressive in his victory over Rock Basquette from Final Round Gym.
Henry was the aggressor for most of the match but didn’t seem comfortable throughout the fight slipping on the mat a few times hindering his performance.
To cap off the afternoon Richard Snetsinger from Cabbagetown squared off against Abdi Abdihamid from the King St. School of Boxing in a bout at the 130 pounds.
Snetsinger used his size advantage to muscle Abdihamad throughout the match and would have been awarded a unanimous decision if not for some questionable point deductions by the referee.
In any case, Snetsinger overcame the penalties and took the split decision.