Braidwood 'ready to bust'

MURRAY GREIG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

Adam Braidwood might be the only guy on the planet who looks gaunt at 270 pounds.

The Edmonton Eskimos defensive lineman is making his pro boxing debut tomorrow night in a four-rounder against Calgary's Devon Garnon, and like a kid on Chrstmas Eve, he can't wait for the big moment.

"I took three days off right after the (football) season ended, but since then I've been in the gym every day, punching and getting punched," Braidwood said yesterday.

"I've had my nose broken a couple of times and I've put all kinds of pressure on my (injured) knee, so I know what to expect. I'm ready to bust, waiting for this to happen.

"It might be my debut in boxing, but I've been fighting all my life. It's going to be so special having a lot of my teammates there ... I just hope I don't break a hand or something."

The six-foot-four Braidwood admitted he knows little about his opponent, except that Garnon is almost as big (six-foot-three, 260 pounds) and has had a couple of MMA bouts.

"It could be like two big trucks slamming into each other -- violent, and not very pretty," said Braidwood.

In another four-round heavyweight prelim, Edmonton's Victor Valimaki (1-0) is taking on debuting Elston Brown of Vancouver, while Steve Claggett (2-0) of Calgary squares off with Hamilton's Harrison McBain in a four-round junior welterweight clash.

In the curtain-raiser, stylish Edmonton lightweight Ayana Pelletier (3-1) is fighting a rematch with Hamilton's Monqiue Duval (0-5).

Pelletier broke her right hand en route to a unanimous decision over Duval last spring, and hasn't fought since.

"She's tough, but this time I really want to test the hand ... I want to knock her out," Pelletier said of Duval.

The card starts at 7 p.m.


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