Daley pursues Kalenga, another title shot
On Saturday night, boxing returns to the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, as United Promotions puts on another event headlined by locally ranked cruiserweight Denton Daley.
The card is filled with young talent from Ontario looking to continue improving, as well as talents like Steven Wilcox and Kevin Higson who want to make their name on the world level.
“This is a fight [Daley] has to win if he wants that [Youri] Kalenga rematch or another world title shot,” said United Promotions president Tyler Buxton. “He’s in the rankings to get that shot but he has to prove he can bounce back and make a statement.”
Daley fought for the interim WBA world cruiserweight title in November 2014, losing via 12th round TKO. He’s fought only once since then, winning an eight-round decision over Walter Cabral.
On 29 August, he’ll take on Romanian journeyman Guilian Ilie in what Buxton is hoping will help propel Daley (13-1, 6 KOs) back into another world-class opportunity.
“Gillian has fought a lot of decent guys, he’s been in there with some of the better guys in the division,” said Buxton. “If Denton Daley can stop him, hopefully he’ll get another big shot.”
The co-main event features Kevin Higson battling Francesco Cotroni for the vacant Canadian super-welterweight title, which Higson stablemate Brandon Cook vacated earlier this year.
“Higson and Catroni are both on weight already, a sign that they have been training hard,” said Buxton. “Neither of them can afford a step back on Saturday night.”
In other action, Steven Wilcox (11-1-1, 5 KOs) will look to bounce back from a draw with Mick Gadbois against Luis Armando Juarez. The fight is expected to serve as a measuring stick for Wilcox, as fellow Ontarian Logan McGuinness (23-0-1, 10 KOs) fought Juarez in February to a competitive decision victory. If Wilcox can do the same, or even stop Juarez, it will go a long way to proving his worth on a bigger stage.
“Everyone knows that Juarez went toe-to-toe with Logan McGuinness for eight rounds in March,” said Buxton. “McGuinness couldn’t stop him or even get him in trouble. If Steve can make a statement Saturday night, he will show he’s on the level of a Logan McGuinness.”
Also in action will be super-welterweight Ryan Young (8-0, 6 KOs) and light-heavyweight Tim Cronin (5-1, 2 KOs).