Sidon deserved a chance to continue fighting

MURRAY GREIG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:36 PM ET

Despite all the logistical problems surrounding Friday's Oktober FightFest at the AgriCom, it was an energized and entertaining night of boxing. Here's the post-mortem:

THE GOOD

- Sheldon Hinton's rejuvenated right hand.

The World Boxing Board's new heavyweight champ (11-6-1) carries KO power in both fists, but for the first time in a long while Friday, he showed both patience and timing in loading up his right.

After a very slow start, instead of expending energy by missing roundhouse shots upstairs against six-foot-six German titleholder Andreas Sidon (33-9), Hinton set him up with jabs before slipping inside to uncork the monstrous right to the jaw that dumped Sidon to the canvas and ended the fight.

- Spectacular wins by Adam Trupish and Arash Usmanee on the undercard.

Making his pro debut at super welterweight (155 lbs.), nine-time national amateur champ Trupish looked cool, calm and lethal in landing virtually every punch he threw before knocking out Mexico City's Edgar Hernandez at 2:06 of the opening round.

Usmanee, meanwhile, totally dominated Edwin Perez en route to a four-round super featherweight decision, mixing up his punch selection while completely mesmerizing the Mexican with dazzling footwork. However, the victory may prove costly to Usmanee (3-0), who was later taken for X-rays for a possible broken right hand.

- The brutally impressive pro debut of Edmonton Cougar Club lightweight Brad Marks, who needed just 24 seconds to knock out Dave McQuaker (1-1) of Lethbridge. The taller Marks went to the body right from the opening bell and ended it with a vicious volley of hooks to the torso and head.

THE BAD

- Referee Wayne Sponagle's decision to stop the main event at 1:02 of Round 3 -- even as Sidon was pleading to continue.

While there's no doubt Hinton's big punch landed cleanly and put the German on the canvas, Sidon immediately got back up, was clear-eyed and quickly responded to Sponagle's vocal commands seconds before the referee waved it off.

"I think it was too quick; in a title fight there should be some consideration for a flash knockdown, especially when I wasn't staggering around or out of my senses," a despondent Sidon said afterwards.

"Sheldon is a hard puncher and he landed it right on my chin, but that's what heavyweights do. We get hit, we go down, then we get back up and fight. The referee denied the crowd a chance to see an entertaining fight. It wasn't right. I only hope that Sheldon will give me a rematch, as I would have given him."

- The handful of morons who booed the playing of Deutschland Uber Alles prior to the main event. It was classless and embarrassing.

THE UGLY

- The half-hour delay between the end of the final prelim and the start of the main event to accommodate a memorabilia auction. it was a total waste of time and only further aggravated the 700 fans who were already pissed off about the long, loud musical intros before each bout.

- Nothing kills a card's credibility quicker than a ring announcer who's obviously uncomfortable in that role.

Kudos to the young lady for giving it the old college try, but next time the promoters should spring for an authoritative male voice -- one that doesn't feel compelled to engage in frivolous banter.

MURRAY.GREIG@SUNMEDIA.CA


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