Dilmaghani cruises, Miljas impresses in Toronto
At the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Alex Dilmaghani took a unanimous decision over Miguel Gonzalez while Mladen Miljas continued to put the Canadian heavyweight division on notice. Shawn Smith reports from ringside...
The Danforth Music Hall is an historic music venue in the core of Toronto, famed for the numerous legendary musical acts that have graced their stage.
On 20 April, Lee Baxter Promotions brought a different kind of entertainment to the venue.
For just the second time, the Danforth Music Hall played host to The Sweet Science as a slew of Canadian-based prospects put on a display.
In the main event, London's Alex Dilmaghani took a unanimous decision over Mexico's Miguel Gonzalez by scores of 80-72, 78-74 and 78-74.
The early rounds of the fight were close as Dilmaghani worked to establish range, occasionally getting tagged by the taller Gonzalez. The sneaky body work of Dilmaghani paid dividends as the fight wore on.
After a competitive beginning to the fight, Dilmaghani established himself as the dominant fighter in the later rounds. A tiring Gonzalez spent a lot of time on the ropes as Dilmaghani hunted him down and landed thunderous blows to the head and body.
By the end of the eighth round, it was clear to the over 1,100 in attendance who the superior fighter was as Dilmaghani had his hand raised.
The win sends Dilmaghani's record to 14-1 as a professional.
The co-main event ended in disappointing fashion as Ontario prospect Jessie Wilcox was cut with a clash of heads early in the third round, forcing the doctor to stop the bout. As a result, the fight was announced as a draw.
To that point, Wilcox had controlled the pace and landed the more damaging blows.
Ontario's Mladen Miljas continued to put the Canadian heavyweight division on notice with his monstrous combination of strength, speed and skill. The behemoth of a 24-year-old put a pounding on Abraham Pascual, dropping him twice in the first round before finishing the bout in the second.
Miljas moves his record to 4-0 with the victory and might be the prospect to watch in Canadian boxing.
In the night's opening fight, Patrice Volny ran his record to 6-0 with an impressive outing against Eduardo Tarango.
Volny established a snapping jab early in the fight that seemed to be connecting, which allowed the Montreal-based prospect to use his other tools as the fight went on.
A right straight dropped Tarango in the third round, before a left hook and flurry finished him for good.
While no official announcement was made, it is expected that Lee Baxter Promotions will return to Toronto this summer.