History will be with Hinton

MURRAY GREIG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:27 AM ET

Edmonton's Sheldon Hinton will have history on his side when he squares off with German heavyweight champ-ion Andreas Sidon in the 10-round main event at the AgriCom tomorrow night.

Ever since Toronto's Larry Gains knocked out future world champ Max Schmeling in Cologne in 1925, Canadian heavyweights have dominated the best of Deutschland's big bangers.

Gains, the first black British Commonwealth champ, notched seven KOs in a string of nine consecutive wins over Germany's premier heavyweights in 1924-25 -- a streak unmatched by any other foreigner.

In 1956, James J. Parker crossed the pond to KO world-ranked contender Heinz Neuhaus in Dortmund.

George Chuvalo, who owned the Canadian title for 21 years, continued the trend in the 1960s, knocking out Munich's Willi Besmanoff on three occasions -- including a four-round demolition in '61 that saw the German hit the canvas seven times before he was finally counted out.

The previous year, Besmanoff was soundly beaten by Montreal's Robert Cleroux at Madison Square Garden.

"That's some pretty good company," Hinton said yesterday when informed of the success of his compatriots.

'FIGHTING FOR EDMONTON'

"Damn straight, I'm gonna do my best to keep that streak going.

"First and foremost, though, I'm fighting for Edmonton and for all our kids at Beverly Bronx Boxing. Doesn't matter if they're eight, 18 or 48 -- anyone who fights out of our gym is one of our kids, and this is for all of them.

"All I know about this guy (Sidon) is that he's standing between me and the next step in my professional career."

The German champ stands pretty tall, too.

At six-foot-six and a svelte 225 pounds, Sidon is the biggest opponent Hinton has seen in his 17 pro outings (10-6-1, 3 KOs).

And with a record of 33-8 with 27 KOs, the 46-year-old who hails from Giessen in southwest Germany has slugged it out with some big names -- including current World Boxing Association champion Nikolai Valuev.

HUGE EDGE

"He's definitely got a huge edge in experience, but on Friday night he's just gonna be another guy standing in front of me," said Hinton.

"I know I won't have to look for him; he'll be right there. And once we start bangin', he'll find out he made a mistake coming into my house."

If that sounds like scripted pre-fight bravado, Hinton doesn't care. He's worked too hard for this.

After an August bout with world-ranked Monte Barrett at Telus Field fell through because of an injury, Hinton never wavered in his quest to bring a big fight to his hometown.

"While the haters and the nay-sayers were shooting off their mouths, yapping that this would never happen, we sucked it up and made it happen," said Hinton, who's co-promoting tomorrow's six-bout Oktober FightFest with Garry Stevenson.

"This is my dream. I told you it would happen, and I don't go back on my word. If I did that, what kind of man would I be?

"Sure, the (Barrett) cancellation screwed us up a bit and things were pretty chaotic for a few weeks there, but we made it work. We kept our word."

As for his fight plan, Hinton offered a succinct recipe for success: "I'll be smooth as butter and slick as a cat's ass," he smiled.

"I feel great. Fast and furious. I've sparred more rounds for this fight than for all my other pro fights combined. Friday night is Prime Time's moment.

"Come and see."

MURRAY.GREIG@SUNMEDIA.CA


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