Adam and ease

MURRAY GREIG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

In the beginning, there was Adam and ease.

Edmonton Eskimos defensive lineman Adam Braidwood began his pro boxing career in spectacular fashion last night with a ridiculously-easy 47-second KO of fellow first-timer Devon Garnon of Calgary in the featured prelim on the six-bout Back To Business card at the Shaw Conference Centre (still in progress at press time).

At six-foot-four and 265 pounds, Braidwood, who missed the entire 2008 CFL season with a nagging knee injury, looked deliberate and devastating in making Garnon, who also weighed in at 265, the unfortunate recipient of year's worth of pent up competitive frustration.

Garnon was dropped by the first clean shot Braidwood landed - a chopping right hook 15 seconds after the opening bell - but he was up at the count of four, albeit with a deer-in-the-headlights look on his face.

Like a shark pouncing on a hemorraging surfer, Braidwood ripped into him with a savage flurry of five punches, capped by an overhand right that put Garnon down for good. The final punch landed with a sound reminiscent of a cleaver slamming into a side of frozen beef, and referee Len Koivisto didn't even bother to count.

Braidwood was a cool afterwards as he was in the ring.

"I'm a heavyweight ... and heavyweights are supposed to knock guys out," he said, with just a hint of a smile.

"Sure, I was a little nervous going in, but being a professional athlete, I know how to focus, how to channel my energy.

"I expected to win, but I didn't expect it to be that quick. He (Garnon) is a big guy, too, but when I looked over at him before the opening bell he looked stiff and his hands were way up high. I knew then that I had him. There was no doubt in my mind."

Braidwood's trainer, Milan Lubovac, said last night's debut might be one that local fight fans will recall with awe years from now, should the 24-year-old Braidwood elect to hang up his football helmet and pursue boxing full-time.

"Adam is the whole package; all he needs is experience," said Lubovac. "He's such a good athlete and such a natural puncher that it's just a question of turning him loose to learn the other stuff. We all know that white heavyweights who can take guys out with one punch are few and far between. It won't be long before this guy gets noticed in a big way."

Braidwood , who's entering the final year of his contract with the Eskimos, said a definitive decision on his athletic future is a long way down the road.

"I'm still a young guy; that's why I'm doing this," he said. "Football is No. 1 right now, obviously, and I still want stay active in MMA. But I love boxing. This was a fun night, and I want to keep doing it. Where it takes me, we'll just have to wait and see."


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