Lessard has a plan

MURRAY GREIG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:52 AM ET

He's one of the most popular brawlers in Western Canada, but junior middleweight Anthony Lessard isn't content to rest on his laurels.

"If I could, I'd fight every three or four weeks," Lessard said Thursday.

"My goal is to be a full-time fighter, so I'm kind of lining up my ducks, getting things in order to work towards that."

With a record of 8-5-2 and paralyzing power in his right hand, Lessard is ranked No. 2 in Canada. He'll take on Vancouver's Antonio Dos Santos (2-2, 1 KO) in a four-prelim on Saturday's Thunder vs. Lightning card at the Shaw Conference Centre.

"Being a full-time fighter is my dream; all I'm really interested in doing is training and fighting," said Lessard, who has fought just once since dropping a decision to Kris Andrews for the vacant Canadian title last August.

"I don't know anything about Dos Santos except that he's supposed to be taller than me and that he has a tendency to eat right hands. Well, I've got one all loaded up, with his name on it."

Saturday's undercard will also feature the much-anticipated return of Edmonton lightweight Amy Johnson, who made a big splash by knocking out figure skater-turned-thug-turned-boxer Tonya Harding six years ago.

Since then, however, injuries and other setbacks have limited Johnson to just three fights in four years: a win, a loss and, most recently, a draw. That was 21 months ago.

"It's great to be back; it's almost like starting over again," said Johnson (5-2-2), who will face debuting Peggy Maerz of Calgary on Saturday.

The other prelims will be an all-Edmonton middleweight four-rounder between debuting Kyle Matuk and veteran Justin Berger, and a six-round welterweight bout between Calgary's Steve Claggett (5-0-1) and Michael Maley of Chicago (3-6).


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