Trupish garnering international attention

MURRAY GREIG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:40 PM ET

EDMONTON - If the numbers keep adding up for Adam Trupish, he could find himself in a world title equation by the end of this year.

In the 27 months since he turned pro, the undefeated Edmonton junior middleweight has boxed a total of 40 rounds en route to winning 10 straight fights, seven by KO. He’s won (and relinquished) two Canadian Boxing Federation titles and is the World Boxing Association’s reigning North American champion.

More impressive is that the combined record of Trupish’s 10 opponents is 115-67-2. At nearly 2-to-1, that win/loss ratio is virtually unheard of in an era when padding a contender’s record with a steady diet of serial losers is the norm.

Indeed, including Friday night’s first-round demolition of previously unbeaten Janks Trotter in Calgary, Trupish’s last four fights — all KOs — have come against opponents with a combined ledger of 50-11-1.

Right now, stacked up against the world champions of the four major sanctioning bodies, Trupish’s record barely merits a blip on the radar. But over the next several months, if he continues to notch impressive wins over credible opposition, he stands a very good chance of being penciled onto a championship dance card.

“Trupish is on a lot of people’s radar,” a WBA source said prior to Friday’s bout. “He’s a two-time Olympian who won multiple national (amateur) championships, so he’s a guy who’s been around the block. In the amateurs he fought or sparred with a lot of guys who are now in the Top 10 as pros, so he’s an attractive opponent.

“Now that he’s the NABA champ, we have him rated No. 15 in the world. It’s just a matter of time before somebody offers him a title shot.”

Trupish’s most likely title opportunity would be against WBA champ Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KOs), although 38-year-old IBF titleholder Cornelius Bundrage (31-4, 18 KOs) is another possibility.

Mexico’s Saul Alvarez (39-0, 29 KOs) holds the WBC crown, while Russia’s Zaurbek Baysagurov (26-1, 20 KOs) is the WBO champion.

In 2011, Trupish was hand picked by WBC middleweight champ Carl Froch and British Commonwealth titleholder Darren Barker to join their camps as a sparring partner. Timing and injuries prevented him from accepting, but the invitations underlined his growing profile on the international stage.

“My goal in 2012 is to keep busy, keep fighting better guys and hopefully put myself in position for a (world) title shot,” Trupish, who turns 33 next month, said after Friday’s win.

“The way things went last year, first with breaking my hand in March and then having fights fall through, was really frustrating. I was in the gym all the time, training constantly, but that’s not the same as getting real fights.

“It turned out to be 10 months from the time I won the NABA belt to my first defence, but now that I’ve got it out of the way, we can focus on moving up the (world) rankings.”

QUICK JABS: As much as Trupish would like to have a tune-up fight before his April headliner at the Shaw Festival in Toronto, don’t look for him to be part of the KO Boxing event slated for March 23 card at the Shaw Conference Centre. Promoter Mel Lubovac is still finalizing the lineup, but look for the return of local favourites James Cermak, Jason Delaronde and Anthony Lessard, along with bouts featuring Rory Coveney, Nick Dragich, Clayton Gladu and Jelena Mrdjenovich ... After winning her first two bouts, St. Albert’s Susan Haas dropped the 60 kg final to Quebec’s Sandra Bizier at the national amateur championships in Cape Breton on the weekend.

murray.greig@sunmedia.ca


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