Sept. 13 marked a crossroads in the boxing life of Edmonton heavyweight Sheldon Hinton, who's squaring off with Winnipeg's Bruce Paizen in tomorrow night's featured prelim.
In Halifax to kick-start a ring career that had become stalled in neutral, Hinton evened his record at 5-5 with a majority decision over another Winnipegger, tough Dana Swan.
After being KO'd by Vancouver's Paul Tryl in his two previous fights, Hinton showed heart and resilience early on against Swan, surviving a low blow in the opening minute before scoring with a series of powerful overhand rights.
Hinton momentarily switched to southpaw in the final round and dropped Swan with a huge right to punctuate his performance.
"My mindset is the complete opposite of what it was before," he said afterwards. "I had a lot of issues outside the ring that were messin' me up, but they're behind me now. It's time to move on and show Edmonton what I've got."
Crowd-pleasing Canadian cruiserweight champion Ryan Henney (9-2, 5 KOs) of Saskatoon, Edmonton light welterweight Amy Johnson(5-2-1, vs. debuting Megan Williams) and Edmonton junior welterweight Ayana Pelletier (vs. Lindsay Ball) will also be on the undercard.
Henney is hoping an impressive victory over Gary Culp (8-6, 7 KOs) of Missouri is the one that launches him into the upper tier of contenders for the Commonwealth title.
Pelletier, meanwhile, is excited about her pro debut.
"I'm primarily a boxer ... I like to get in there and dance," said the ex-Winnipegger, who won five Manitoba amateur titles. "I can't wait to show Edmonton what I can do."