Maximum bloodbath

JOHN SHORT, SPECIAL TO THE EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

It was a good thing that Vancouver heavyweight Dominic Richard got so excited.

He was stopped in the second round by Hawaiian puncher Scott Junk in the main event of the maximum fighting card last night but Richard's emotional approach was all that saved the bout from being overshadowed by a blood-spattered preliminary.

Junk admitted that Richard's "unorthodox" approach caught him by surprise. A couple of big punches did, too.

The massive scrappers - Junk weighed in at 266 and Richard at 247 - toppled completely out of the ring twice in the first round and almost did it again just as the bell sounded.

It was second journey through the ropes that put Junk in command. "I hit him with a knee and I heard the sound that a guy makes when the air goes out," he said. "But it was interesting. When we went out the first time, somebody kept punching at me. I think it was his dad."

The brawl ended at 1:23 of the second round with Richard almost unconscious on the mat.

Despite the thrills of the main event, many fans in the full house went home talking about a blood-smeared battle between Garrett Curran of Calgary and Josh Kyrejto of Edmonton.

To the stocky Curran especially, the loss of large amounts of his own blood was no reason to take a backward step. The 145-pounder suffered two large cuts - a severe gash on his forehead in the first round and another of the same length and severity at the end of the second, but never lost an ounce of his aggression.

Finally, he stopped Kyrejto at 3:28 of the third round after getting behind his opponent and applying a choke hold. Kyrejto was clearly out of gas. His nose bled profusely and his mouth was cut.

"I think these cuts were done by elbows," Curran said after a doctor told him each gash would probably require at least at stitches. "He hit me with a whole lot of them.

"For awhile, I was a little concerned," he said after his second straight victory.

"There were times in there when I couldn't see all that well. I was afraid the bout might be stopped."


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