Crowley comes home: United Promotions make Peterborough debut

Shawn Smith
12/05/2017 6:31am

Canadian welterweight Cody Crowley makes his first appearance in his hometown of Peterborough on Saturday night. Shawn Smith previews the eagerly awaited card...

It’s been an interesting road for Peterborough, Ontario’s Cody Crowley (11-0), one that has winded his career into Las Vegas, sharing rings with Zab Judah, Floyd Mayweather and Chris Algieri, before finally ending up back where it all began.

On 13 May, Crowley returns home to fight in front of his friends and family in Peterborough for the very first time as a professional. No longer with Top Rank, the show is co-promoted by United Promotions and Crowley’s Triple C Boxing.
His opponent, Edgar Ortega, is well known to Canadian fight fans, having shared a ring with Samuel Vargas and Mian Hussain in the past years. For Crowley, it’ll unquestionably be the biggest fight of his career, both because of the calibre of opponent and the hometown stage.

“This is his toughest test,” said promoter Tyler Buxton of United Promotions. “Ortega is there to win, he’ll do whatever it takes. If Cody can get him out of there, that’s a statement. He’s under a lot of pressure in his hometown, he’s taking a big step up. A lot of weight is on his shoulders and we’re going to see if he can handle it.” Crowley last fought in February, using his sharp punching to make easy work Juan Carlos Cano, ending the fight in the second round. Ortega is as close to a measuring stick as there will be for Crowley, having fought two of Canada’s other top welterweights. If he can do what Vargas and Hussain couldn’t in finishing Ortega, it could be Crowley’s coming out party as a professional fighter.

Buxton said that Crowley could fight as many as three more times this year, including an upcoming United Promotions show in Jamaica, a fight in Baltimore or Las Vegas, and a fall 2017 show at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. The relationship between Crowley and Buxton began two years when Crowley appeared on a United Promotions show in Ajax, Ontario.

“He fought in Ajax and brought such a large following, he had a dream and a goal of fighting in his home town of Peterborough,” Buxton said. “We sat down in November and said let’s do it.”

Also on the card will be United Promotions’ signed fighter Michael Affainie (also goes by Michael Brandon) (4-0). Buxton will promote his first Jamaican show on 27 May, which Affainie is also expected to fight on.

“He [Affainie] wasn’t getting enough fights, he just fought in Cornwall [Ontario, a unanimous decision victory over Michell Polina],” Buxton said. “He’s used to having 12 months off so it will be interesting to see if he can keep up the pace. There’s so much action in that 147-154 weight class in Ontario.”

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