McGuinness falls short in shocker

Shawn Smith
19/03/2017 10:43am

The event was titled 'The Boys are Back in Town' but for one of Ontario’s brightest prospects, things didn’t go as planned on Saturday night, as the highly rated super featherweight Logan McGuinness was upset by Argentinian Horacio Alfredo Cabral...

The big story coming out of the Lee Baxter Promotions card, live from the Powerade Centre in Brampton, Ontario is that highly-touted prospect Logan McGuinness fell short in the main event. In other bouts, hometown fighters Samuel Vargas and Sandy Tsagouris were both victorious.

The main event saw McGuinness battle Argentina’s Horacio Alfredo Cabral, losing a unanimous decision. Cabral put a pace on McGuinness that the Ontario fighter couldn’t keep. Outside of a few close rounds, Cabral dominated the bout throughout, using unorthodox angles and a relentless work ethic to get the nod. The bout was McGuiness’ first under the Lee Baxter Promotions banner. His record drops to 25-1-1.

In the co-main event, Samuel Vargas topped Armando Robles in a gruelling ten-round affair. Vargas was in the top shape of his career, pushing an intense pace and using combinations to outwork the tough Robles. Final scores were 97-93, 98-92 and 99-91. Vargas will be most well-known to fans outside of Canada for his bouts against Errol Spence and Danny Garcia. After the bout, Vargas mentioned the possibility of a fight against Quebec’s Sebastien Bouchard.

Sandy Tsagouris took a unanimous decision from Carla Torres, claiming the WIBA super featherweight title in the process. The two put on an entertaining bout, with Tsagouris edging rounds with her cleaner punching. Torres complained of constant punching behind the head, but the referee did not take a point. Final scorecards were 78-74, 77-75 and 78-74 in favour of Tsagouris.

Fight of the night went to Ontario prospect Kane Heron and opponent Fernando Valencia. The duo kept a high pace, exchanging good punches throughout the fight. Heron landed the better, cleaner punches throughout, keeping Valencia off balance with his constant changing from orthodox to southpaw. Heron admitted to a potential right-hand injury, which could throw promoter Lee Baxter’s plans of six to eight fights this year for the young fighter into jeopardy.

In other action, Marc Pagcaliwangan and Emmanuel Villamar put on an excellent bout, but it was Pagcaliwangan who came away with a victory. The Ontario fighter looked rusty early on after two years away from the ring, but quickly was able to settle in and put his punches together.

During the show, it was also announced that Lee Baxter Promotions have signed Montreal-based fighter Patrice Volny (5-0). He’ll debut with his new manager on 20 April at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto