New Battle of Alberta looms in sweet science

Toronto light heavyweight Steve Franjic heads to a neutral corner after decking Donny McCrary with...

Toronto light heavyweight Steve Franjic heads to a neutral corner after decking Donny McCrary with a body shot in Round 5 of their main event on KO Boxing's six-bout Sudden Impact card Friday night at Shaw Conference Centre. Franjic won by TKO. Gudhar photography

MURRAY GREIG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:53 PM ET

We’ve seen it for years with the Oilers and Flames, Eskimos and Stampeders.

Now, if Calgary heavyweight Jared Kilkenny has any say in the matter, boxing will get it’s own version of the Battle of Alberta.

The 6-foot-5, 273-pound Kilkenny (4-0-1) climbed off the canvas three times Friday night before knocking out Edmonton’s previously unbeaten Nick Dragich at 1:20 of Round 3 of their featured prelim on KO Boxing’s six-bout Sudden Impact card at Shaw Conference Centre.

Immediately afterwards, Kilkenny was challenged in the ring by local former UFC star Tim Hague, who has a pair of MMA wins over the Calgary fighter.

“I would love to box Tim Hague ... or any other Edmonton heavyweight who wants to step up,” said Kilkenny.

“I especially want to fight Rob Nichols (5-1), because he’s in the (Canadian) top 10 and my goal is to eventually get a crack at the national championship.”

 


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