Trupish trounces Trotter in round one, Claggett clobbers Wagner in six

14 Jan

On The Beak – Admin

Two rising Canadian stars had the opportunity to shine last night as NABA light middleweight champion Adam Trupish (10-0-0, 7ko) and WBC Youth Intercontinental champion at 140lbs Steve Claggett (13-1-1, 8ko) scored convincing stoppage victories on the “Time for Truth” card at Desperado’s Night Club in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Trupish stunned previously undefeated Janks Trotter in the first round while Claggett dissected and stopped rugged banger Ryan Wagner, dropping him three times in the sixth to score an impressive TKO.

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In the eagerly awaited main event of the evening, Edmonton based Adam Trupish looked calm, cool and deadly as he weathered an early charge from Calgary’s Janks Trotter in a bout that intensified right from the opening bell. Trotter came at Trupish like a bull and clipped the former Canadian Olympian with a good shot that left him eager to follow up.

Poised under pressure, Trupish bided his time and caught Trotter with a short stunning counter punch as he charged in that sent him down in a heap. Visibly hurt, Trotter gallantly climbed to his feet but it was clear his legs were gone. While the referee elected to allow the fight to continue it was a foregone conclusion as Trupish stalked Trotter as he stumbled all over the ring. The bout was waived off with hometown fighter on the canvas for the second time at the 1:12 mark of the opening stanza to seal the explosive and impressive victory for Trupish.

“I just wanted to be fast and accurate,” Trupish said post fight. “My accuracy is pretty dead on. I wanted to touch him on the chin to see how he could handle it and he didn’t take it very well. You have to walk before you can Trot!”

In the co-main event of the evening a brash and confident Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett backed up all of his pre-fight promises by handing rugged fellow Canadian Ryan Wagner his first stoppage loss via sixth round TKO.

Claggett and Wagner had stolen some of the spotlight during fight week as they jawed at one another during pre-fight festivities and both men made good on their word early on in Friday’s tilt. Claggett stalked Wagner from the opening bell but the Ontario charge boxed well off the back foot in the first two rounds.

In the third, Claggett rung Wagner with a check left hook and quickly found the distance and timing he needed to take over the fight. He raked Wagner with powerful and accurate punches in the middle rounds and struck with precision in the sixth where his patented liver shot decked his man hard. Wagner showed heart to beat the count but was sent down twice more for good measure giving Claggett another impressive TKO victory. The 22-year old Albertan is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the hardest body punchers north of the border.

“The fight went exactly as we planned it,” Claggett said during Friday’s aftermath. “The first couple rounds were for testing his timing and range. Once I felt him out we went about our plan and started to execute. I’ve been working hard at the Mayweather gym in Las Vegas and the team there has helped me add a lot to my game. I’m heading back down there real soon and I’m ready for big things in 2012. This is the year of the Dragon!”

On the undercard Calgary’s Albert Onolunose defeated rugged Canadian journeyman Jason Naugler in an eight round super middleweight contest while Ontario’s Steve Franjic climbed off the deck from two first round knockdowns to battle back hard earning a draw against Phoenix’s Andrew Hernandez.

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