Boxing Battle of Alberta should be war

SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:30 PM ET

CALGARY - Call it the calm before the storm.

After an Internet war of words led to reigning NABA light-middleweight champ Adam (A-Bomb) Trupish of Edmonton agreeing to fight Calgary’s Janks Trotter, the mood at Wednesday’s media conference — ahead of Friday’s fight at Desperados Nightclub in Calgary — was considerably different, even docile.

But the bout has instant-classic written all over it.

Trotter’s pressure against Trupish’s counter-punch game. Edmonton versus Calgary. The 27-year-old Trotter’s ring energy up against the 32-year-old Trupish’s veteran presence. Undefeated record against undefeated record.

With the NABA belt on display, Trotter (7-0-1, 7 KOs) brushed off the social media theatrics of last month, in which he told Trupish (9-0, 6 KOs) to “stand up like a man, if he can,” and said he sees the fight going the distance.

“It’s going to be a tough fight for him, and I’m going to walk away with the win,” Trotter said. “It means No. 1 in Canada. It’s just a belt, that doesn’t mean too much. The win means more to me.”

Trotter is coming off a November victory at the same south Calgary venue, while Trupish hasn’t fought since winning the title last March.

In a card dubbed Time for Truth, Trupish, a two-time Olympian, thinks someone is going to hit the canvas — and it won’t be him.

“I don’t think so,” Trupish said when asked if he thought the fight would go the distance. “Two punchers like that? You’ve got 10 rounds.

“I’ve fought the biggest punchers in the world. This year, I got invited to three world title training camps, so there’s nothing I haven’t seen.

“This isn’t close to being my biggest fight. For sure, this is his biggest. I know that he’s ready, but I’m more than ready. I came to Calgary with my belt, and I’m confident I’m going to leave with it,” Trupish added.

Meanwhile, what the Trotter-Trupish portion of Wednesday’s get-together at Desperados lacked, the co-main event, light-welterweight matchup of Calgary’s Steve (The Dragon) Claggett (12-1-1, 7 KOs) and Ontario fighter Ryan Wagner (4-1) more than made up for it.

Claggett, who has been spending time in Las Vegas training in Floyd Mayweather’s gym, is sounding more and more like Money Mayweather with each passing day, and he’s promising to back up that swagger.

“I think I’m going to knock him out,” Claggett said. “We’ll bang a little bit, people will like that, and maybe in the later rounds, we’ll put him down.”

The 22-year-old Claggett feels like he’s on another level.

“I’ve got a good gameplan. I know his weaknesses. I think he makes too many mistakes to be in there with me. I’m going to prove that,” Claggett said.

Wagner, 22, wasn’t to be outdone.

“This fight’s going to take me to the next level,” the Orangeville, Ont., fighter said. “Honestly, I don’t see it finishing. I’m going to take him out before that last bell, for sure.”

The four-bout card’s first bell is 7 p.m., and will also pit Calgary super-middleweight fighter Albert (The Punisher) Onolunose (19-1, 7 KOs) against Jason (Notorious) Naugler (18-14-1, 11 KOs) of Halifax in an eight-rounder.

Andrew (Hurricane) Hernandez (3-0, of Phoenix, Ari., will battle (Silent) Steve Franjic (7-0, 4 KOs) in a six-round light-heavyweight fight.

The FanBase Promotions card is available on gfl.tv for $9.99.

scott.mitchell@sunmedia.ca

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