Costly lessons

MURRAY GREIG -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

It's being billed as School's Out - and that could literally be the verdict for two Edmonton fighters on K.O. Promotions' six-bout pro boxing card at the Shaw Conference Centre on June 16.

The headliner is an eight-round non-title tilt between Canadian cruiserweight champ Ryan Henney of Saskatoon (7-2) and undefeated Frank White (3-0) of Sarnia, Ont.

Still, plenty of attention will be focused on a pair of prelims featuring Edmonton middleweight Kris Andrews and his heavyweight stablemate, Sheldon (Prime Time) Hinton.

Andrews (9-7-2) will face Winnipeg's undefeated Codey Hanna (5-0), while Hinton (4-4) will square off for the third straight time against Vancouver's Paul Tryl (1-1). For both local fighters, it's the ultimate crossroads bout. Win, and they go on. Lose, and it's probably time to think about hanging up the gloves for good.

Andrews dropped a close split decision to Winnipeg's Gareth Sutherland for the Canadian junior middleweight crown last month and is looking to recapture the form that saw him reel off six straight wins prior to that fight. Hinton is out to avenge a first-round KO loss to Tryl, who the Edmontonian totally dominated in their first meeting in January.

"It's pretty much a make-or-break scenario for both guys," promoter Glen Carriere said yesterday. "A loss for Kris would send him into the also-ran category in Canadian boxing, and the same goes for Sheldon. These are two fighters who have shown flashes of brilliance, but for whatever reason they've come up short when it counted the most. This card represents their last chance for redemption."

Hinton was sensational in beating Tryl the first time, but looked lethargic and confused prior to being stopped by a liver shot on April 13. "All I've been thinking about since that night is getting another shot at him," Hinton said. "I can't undo what happened last time, but I can guarantee it won't happen again.

This time, the real Prime Time will show up. I won't be anything less than my best."

Meanwhile, White will also be out to prove something in taking on Henney in the main event. A ferocious puncher, White KO'd Edmonton's previously unbeaten Shane Biever in the first round back in December.

"Fighting Henney is a great opportunity to prove that I belong with the best cruiserweights in the country," he said. "Biever couldn't stand up to the power in my right hand, and I don't see Henney being able to either."

Four other locals will be featured on the undercard, including an all-Edmonton super welterweight clash between Trevor Moyah (2-1) and Anthony (Hits Hard) Lessard (5-3-1). Undefeated super middleweight Jason De Laronde (4-0) will take on Winnipeg's John McLean (1-1), and Edmonton featherweight Omar Valdez (3-0) will square off with Vancouver's Matt Leo (0-1). Both Moyah and De Laronde are proteges of two-time Canadian heavyweight champ Ken Lakusta.


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