Gladu primed for return

MURRAY GREIG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:36 PM ET

On the one-year anniversary of his last ring appearance, Edmonton’s hard-luck heavyweight will try again to notch his first professional victory.

Clayton Gladu always fights his heart out, but only has one draw to show for his first five punch-for-pay outings.

When he climbs through the ropes March 12 at the River Rock Casino in Richmond, B.C., however, he vows to be a new man.

“Before, I was just a bloated cruiserweight ... I had no muscle definition, no shoulders ... and I didn’t know anything about using my reach, even though I’ve got arms like a gazelle,” says Gladu.

“Also, I’ve had two months to get ready for this fight and my trainer, Benny Swanson, has whipped me into the best shape of my life down at the Panther Gym. He’s rebuilt me physically, and that’s really boosted my confidence. I can’t wait to fight.”

Gladu’s opponent in the four-rounder will be Vancouver’s Jamie Walton (3-2-1). They fought to draw last March at the Palace banquet hall.

“I thought I won last time, so this time I don’t want to leave it up to the judges,” said Gladu. “It’s in his backyard, so I’m thinking I’ll have to knock him out.”

Lessard goes for title

Meanwhile, Edmonton’s Anthony (Hits Hard) Lessard returns to action for the first time in 10 months one week from tonight when he squares off with Roberto McLellan for the Canadian Professional Boxing Council’s vacant junior middleweight title at the Hyatt Regency in Calgary.

In his last fight, a decision loss to Canadian Boxing Federation champ Kris Andrews last May, Lessard (8-6-2, 6 KOs) sustained two broken ribs.

McLellan (5-1-1, 2 KOs), who hails from Williams Lake, B.C., is coming off a KO loss to highly-touted Janks Trotter in September.


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