Tough break for Lessard

MURRAY GREIG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

For Anthony Lessard, it's just one more battle scar -- albeit psychological.

The popular Edmonton junior middleweight was all dressed up with no place to go Saturday night after his four-round bout with Vancouver's Antonio Dos Santos was cancelled when Dos Santos flunked his pre-fight brain scan.

"These kind of things happen in the fight game ... there's no way to predict them," promoter Glen Carriere said before KO Boxing's shortened Thunder vs. Lightning Canadian cruiserweight championship card got underway at the Shaw Conference Centre.

"I know Anthony's hugely disappointed. We all are. But when abnormalities show up on the scan, the safe thing to do -- the only thing to do -- is cancel the fight."

Lessard expressed empathy for his would-be opponent.

"I just hope it's nothing serious," he said. "Every fighter knows the risks of this game, and when it comes to something like this, we're all brothers."

With a record of 8-5-2 and ranked No. 2 in the nation, Lessard added the cancellation won't divert his long-tem plan.

"It's not enough to just win ... I wanna put on a show, too," said Lessard, whose vaunted right hand has left five opponents unconscious.

"My goal is to stay busy ... even if I have to take four-rounders. If I can fight every five or six weeks, it won't be long before I get another title shot. It's wide open."

Lessard dropped a 10-round decision to fellow Edmontonian Kris Andrews for the vacant Canadian Boxing Federation title last August. A rematch is at the top of his hit list. "Anywhere, any time," said Lessard. "I live to fight."


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