Future bright for Kielsa -- manager

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:42 AM ET

The provincial government is going to make Brampton heavyweight Greg Kielsa apply for a hunting licence when they find out who he is fighting next.

It's another bear.

In March, Kielsa knocked out Arthur (The Bear) Cook in the eighth round at Casino Rama. Tonight, in the undercard of the Steve Molitor-Heriberto Ruiz junior featherweight elimination bout, also at Rama, Kielsa will meet Byron (The Bear) Polley, who is 23-9-1 (11KOs).

A win over Polley and Kielsa's next opponent will be one of the Berenstain brothers.

Actually, if Kielsa, who is undefeated in nine professional fights, beats the experienced Polley and runs his pro mark to 10-0, he'll only be one win away, or so says his manager James Jardine, from earning a spot in the world rankings, probably the IBF's version. After that, Jardine said the sky is the limit.

"Remember how we built up Billy Irwin?" Jardine said, of the former world lightweight contender. "Billy Irwin was a little guy from Niagara Falls, the next thing he was a national hero almost. Same thing with Greg. Another couple of fights you're going to see that transformation."

Jardine believes the Polish-born Kielsa, who fought for his native land at the 2000 Olympics, will be the next big thing in Ontario boxing. Kielsa is undefeated, but has been criticized for being less a stylist in the ring than a brawler, though he has only four knockouts. But Jardine said the KOs will come and within a couple of years the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Kielsa will be in a position to fight some world-class heavyweights.

"If you look at the heavyweight division now, there's Samuel Peter and Andrew Golota. Big, fat dummies," Jardine said of the two contenders. "But not Greg. He's a rock."

Jardine said as Kielsa steps up in competition, he'll travel to Las Vegas for training and sparring, though he'll keep his local trainer, Billy Martin.

'THE BEST'

"This guy is the best heavyweight (prospect) I've seen in a long time, and he's getting better by leaps and bounds," Jardine said.

Jardine's initial plan is to market Kielsa to the Polish community in Toronto. After that, he plans to turn him into a Canadian icon.

"Greg is very polite, doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, doesn't swear. Just an absolute gem to be around," Jardine said. "The only problem is, he never uses three words when one will do."

Transforming Kielsa into a world-class heavyweight is the main job for Jardine. The tougher job, the manager admitted, might be to get the shy brawler to open up a bit outside of the ring.

But Jardine said if that never happens, so be it. Winning is what's important and a win tonight over Polley opens the door to bigger things down the road.

And possibly more confrontations with bears.


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