Sheldon Hinton figures it's about time Edmonton fight fans witnessed some real heavyweight hurt - boxer vs. MMA guy.
"Sheldon felt he let his fans down by losing a decision to (MMA veteran) Todd Gowenberg here in November, so he wanted another crack at showing he can handle these guys," KO Promotions' Glen Carriere said yesterday in announcing that Hinton (3-3) will square off with Vancouver's Paul Tyrl on the Winter Meltdown undercard Feb. 10 at the Delta South Hotel.
Carriere also confirmed that newly-crowned Western Canadian middleweight champ Kris Andrews of Edmonton will fight a six-rounder with Hungarian-born Ferenc Lankonde of Toronto on the card headlined by triple world champion Jelena Mrdjenovich (18-2, 11 KOs) vs Belinda "Brown Sugar" Laracuente (22-16-3, 9 KOs) in an eight-round non-title super featherweight scrap.
The lineup also includes Edmonton bantamweight Omar Valdez vs. MMA fighter Matt Leo, and a non-title bout between Canadian cruiserweight champion Ryan Henney of Saskatoon and Vancouver southpaw Kevin Reynolds.
"I wasn't busy enough ... I didn't pressure him from the start, and that was a mistake," Hinton said after the loss to Gowenberg. "My strength is to just keep wingin' ... let the shots go and land where they may. I can't worry about style; I gotta just hit, man."
Carriere said Hinton's bout with Tyrl, who has a draw with Gowenberg in MMA, could determine whether the popular local slugger has a viable future in the sport.
"Sheldon's a crowd-pleaser, he's got the kind of wade-in style that fans eat up. But heavyweights don't have the luxury of biding their time, as is the case in some of the other divisions. For the big guys, they've gotta string together some impressive wins to keep the paydays coming.
"Sheldon's at the point where he has to start moving up against better competition and showing he can handle it."