Cermak gains from White's loss

MURRAY GREIG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:00 AM ET

James Cermak's new theme song is Alice Cooper's No More Mr. Nice Guy.

Immediately after Ryan Henney won back the Canadian Boxing Federation's cruiserweight title with a 10-round decion over Frank White at the Shaw Conference Centre on Saturday, Cermak issued a challenge to the new champ.

"It's time for me to stop being polite and stop waiting for an invitation," said the hammer-fisted Edmontonian.

"I don't think Henney wants any part of fighting me again, so from now on it's no more Mr. Nice Guy.

"I'm calling him out. He mouthed off about White not being a fighting champion ... well, this is his chance to show he's not a hypocrite. If he wants to be a fighting champion, he's gonna have to go through me."

Henney and Cermak already have a history.

In their first fight, in 2005, Cermak notched an eight-round split decision. Henney won a 2007 rematch -- and the title -- on a unanimous 10-round nod.

More interesting, however, is how each has fared against common opponents since 2008.

Cermak registered first-round KOs over Alston Brown and Kareem Chartrand last year, and beat Alvaro Enriquez on a decision in '08.

Henney also decisioned Enriquez two years ago, but needed five rounds to dispatch Chartrand and three to TKO Brown in 2009.

Another intriguing stat is that they have almost identical records. Henney is 15-3 with 9 KOs, while Cermak is 15-2 with 11 KOs.

After beating White on Saturday, Henney said he'd consider any challenge -- but only on his terms.

"Now that I've got my belt back, I'm going to enjoy it," he said.

"We'll go back to Saskatoon and take a little time off, then get back in the gym and get ready for the next one.

"I'm no spring chicken. I'm 32 years old and I've gotta start looking at stepping up to the next level. Whether that's a shot at the Commonwealth title or something else, we'll see. But I don't want to waste any time."

Cermak wants that "something else" to include a rubber match with the CBF title on the line.

"I'm not going to let him off the hook; I'm going to keep calling out Henney until he answers the challenge," Cermak said.

"He fought White three times; all I'm asking for is the same consideration. If he really wants to be considered a fighting champion, sooner or later he'll have to fight me again."

MURRAY.GREIG@SUNMEDIA.CA


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