On the one-year anniversary of his last ring appearance, Edmontonís 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.
ďBefore, I was just a bloated cruiserweight ... I had no muscle definition, no shoulders ... and I didnít know anything about using my reach, even though Iíve got arms like a gazelle,Ē says Gladu.
ďAlso, Iíve 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. Heís rebuilt me physically, and thatís really boosted my confidence. I canít wait to fight.Ē
Gladuís opponent in the four-rounder will be Vancouverís Jamie Walton (3-2-1). They fought to draw last March at the Palace banquet hall.
ďI thought I won last time, so this time I donít want to leave it up to the judges,Ē said Gladu. ďItís in his backyard, so Iím thinking Iíll have to knock him out.Ē
Lessard goes for title
Meanwhile, Edmontonís 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 Councilís 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.