Cook looks for ‘statement' victory

Shawn Smith
17/11/2015 9:45am

United Promotions, Ontario’s most prominent boxing promoter, returns on 21 November after a three-month layoff with a card featuring WBA super-welterweight Intercontinental champion Brandon Cook and a slew of local prospects looking for another opportunity to break out.

Cook (15-0, 9 KOs) headlines the show against Rafael Sosa Pintos, known to British fans for being dismantled by Callum Smith (LTKO3) in October 2014. In May 2014, Canadian prospect Schiller Hyppolite also made easy work of Pintos (50-12, 19 KOs) with a first round stoppage.

For Cook, the fight is an opportunity to further his name on the international stage.

“I’m looking for Brandon to make a statement,” United Promotions’ Tyler Buxton told Boxing Monthly. “Pintos is a bigger guy, coming down from middleweight where he fought for the WBA middleweight Intercontinental Championship over there [Europe] and went eight rounds. If Brandon can find a way to get him out before then, that would be a nice little statement.”

Cook is currently ranked 12th by the WBA. Buxton hopes an impressive win over Pintos could move him into the Top 10.

“We’re having discussions with people overseas for a couple of fights,” Buxton told BM. “Hopefully, after this fight, we can make that happen.”

But first up is Pintos, who has 47 more fights on his resume than Cook. 

In the co-main event is Tyler Asselstine (14-2, 7KOs) known to international audiences for his decision loss to Joel Diaz Jr in May 2014. He returns to the ring for the first time in 18 months.

Prior to a February 2013 loss to Baha Laham, Asselstine was considered one of Canada’s brightest young prospects, flashing a 12-0 record. After going 2-2 in his last four fights and taking 18 months off, questions surround whether or not Asselstine can return to form.

“I really don’t know what to expect,” Buxton told BM. “He’s been on the big stage and those fights didn’t exactly go his way. He’s taken a break and is trying to come back stronger than ever.”

His opponent is Diego Herminio Alejandro Sananco, who holds a pedestrian record of 21-19-5 (6 KOs).

With over 100 amateur fights to his name, Hamilton’s Jessie Wilcox is expected to make waves on the professional scene. Only 24 years old with a professional record of 2-0 (1 KO), Wilcox will look to extend his winning run with a victory over Alan Adrian Nunez. 

“If it was up to Jessie, he’d fight every weekend,” said Buxton, laughing. “You want to have a nice balance, but we want to move him fairly quick, get him moving. We also don’t want to pressure him. We don’t need to spend as much time getting his feet wet when he’s got 100 amateur fights.”

Buxton continued by saying he’d like to see, “combinations, settling down a little bit in the ring, letting his hands go and getting the guy out.” 

United Promotions returns in February with a show featuring former WBA cruiserweight title challenger Denton Daley headlining. It is expected that its co-promotion with Eye of the Tiger Management will begin to take full-force in 2016.