Calgarian KO'd in first round

SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:31 PM ET

CALGARY - If the nickname fits, it usually sticks.

But it wasn’t just a bomb that ruined Janks Trotter’s night, it was a flurry of them.

Two-time Olympian Adam (A-Bomb) Trupish showed what experience can do, as he retained the NABA light-middleweight title in impressive fashion Friday, with a first round TKO of Calgary’s Trotter.

The Time for Truth bout at Desperados Nightclub in south Calgary was the fight Trotter desperately wanted after calling out the Edmonton champ in December.

But it wasn’t anywhere close to the outcome he was expecting.

Trupish connected with a right-uppercut and a left-hook that sent Trotter to the canvas less than a minute into the first round. By the 1:12 mark, Trotter was on the canvas for the second time and the fight was over.

“You’ve got to walk before you trot,” Trupish said with a wry smile after the dominant performance that moves him to 10-0 as a professional.

Previously unbeaten, Trotter now carries a 7-1-1 mark, and after building up to the title shot, the 27-year-old will go back to the drawing board.

“I hit him with a good shot and I tried to follow up and I left my hands down and he caught me with a good shot,” Trotter said. “I wasn’t even hurt, I just couldn’t get my legs back.

“I’m just disappointed. I knew he had a good left-hook.”

Trupish, 32, who fought at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the ’04 Olympics in Athens, was confident heading into the fight, but noted he was the much more experienced fighter, and it showed.

“I just wanted to box him and be fast and if I catch him, then I’ll jump on him,” Trupish said. “It just so happened that I caught him early. Short and sweet.”

In the co-main event, Calgary native Steve (The Dragon) Claggett backed up every pre-fight comment with a spectacular performance, stopping Ontario’s Ryan Wagner in the sixth round with a devastating left-hook to the body.

Claggett, who predicted a knockout leading up to Friday’s bout, started out slow, but eventually got to Wagner in the third round with his patented left-hook and a number of solid jabs.

With the crown chanting his name, Claggett continued to land solid shots in rounds four and five, before really finding the mark early in the sixth round.

After a body shot took Wagner to one knee, Claggett waited … and then pounced. Another left hook brought Wagner to his knees again, before Claggett landed a combo to finish the fight.

“I think I hit him with the left hook as he was coming in,” Claggett said. “I’ve been working on that one for a while, and he drops his right hand, so I knew he was open for the check left hook and I’ve been working on that one in Las Vegas at the Mayweather Gym.

“That’s a mean punch. Mayweather got (Ricky) Hatton with it and I got Wagner with it.”

Wagner, with only five professional fights under his belt before Friday, was no match for the now 13-1-1 Claggett.

In the first undercard of the night, Andrew (Hurricane) Hernandez, of Phoenix, Ari., came out firing against (Silent) Steve Franjic, knocking the lanky 6-foot-3 Ontario fighter down in the first minute of the opening round, but the fighters ended up battling to a six-round draw. Hernandez suffered a broken hand in the fight.

Calgary’s Albert (The Punisher) Onolunose, who returned to the ring with a win at Desperados in November, scored a convincing majority decision against Halifax fighter Jason (Notorious) Naugler in an eight-round super-middleweight bout.

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