by AJ Bellegarde, FightNews Canada
In a bout that lived up to the anticipated hype, Calgary's Janks Trotter scored an impressive 8th round stoppage of heavy handed Richard Reittie Saturday night at the Desperado’s Night Club in Calgary, Alberta. No-one anticipated this one going to the scorecards with Trotter scoring 6 KO victories in 8 tries and Toronto's Reittie stopping 7 of his 10 opponents. The opening rounds were all fought in close quarters, each testing each others resolve. Trotter (7-0-1, 7kos) would increase his work rate in the middle rounds, sometimes throwing in excess of 100 punches a round. Reittie (8-2-1, 7kos) tried to match the Calgarian punch for punch but to no avail. Reittie began to take a beating in round 7, only his heart kept him upright. A Trotter right hand had Reittie in serious trouble early in round 8, forcing referee Wes Melton to halt the contest at the 1:57 mark.
On the undercard, Calgary light welterweight prospect Steve Claggett returned to his winning ways, stopping Antonio Dos Santos with a body shot in round 4. It took Claggett ( 12-1-1, 7kos) a while to solve his taller opponent as Santos (2-4, 1ko) used his jab to keep Claggett on the outside looking in. Claggett finally broke through in round 4 with a left hook to the liver that doubled the BC fighter over in pain. Referee Len Koivisto quickly jumped in, putting a end to the bout as Claggett landing one more punch for good measure.
Other winners on the night had once beaten Albert "The Punisher" Onolunose (19-1, 7kos), returning after a 25 month hiatas to score a hard fought 6 round unanimous decision over rugged Martin Desjardins (7-21-4). Scores of the bout were 58-56, 58-56, and 60-54 for the Nigerian born Calgary based middleweight. Andrew Hernandez made the trip north from Arizona and put the first blemish on Dustin Sutley's record. Hernandez (3-0) was the victor on 2 scorecards: 38-37 and 40-35 while the third judge was it even at 38 apiece. "Sandman" Sutley slips to 4-1, 4kos. Peggy Maerz spoiled the pro debut of Jennifer Walker by winning a 4 round unanimous decision. Scores of 39-37 and 40-36 (twice) gave Maerz her first pro victory, now 1-2-1.
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