Valimaki’s bro the victor

Con Griwkowsky, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:18 AM ET

EDMONTON - What’s in a name?

Danny Valimaki may not have the same marquee appeal as his brother, Victor, but judging by Friday night’s effort, he’s going to give it a shot.

The Edmonton heavyweight improved his record to 4-1 in his HeatXC5: Punishment undercard fight Friday night at the Mayfield Trade Centre.

It’s likely Valimaki would have preferred a stronger opponent than North Battleford’s Patrick Gladue (0-3), but his workmanlike effort is sure to pay future dividends.

Valimaki was quicker than lightning, finishing off Gladue in 56 seconds of the first round with a TKO, unanswered blows.

“I’m happy to get a quick win,” said Valimaki, who did not even have a bead of sweat on him. “My corner was telling me I should have had a bit more fun in there. It’s not very often I’ll get a fight where you’ll dominate that quickly. If I get a couple more wins, I probably won’t get an easy fight like that again.”

Coming off his only career loss, though, it was just the tonic he needed.

“I just needed to get back in there and get my head back in it,” said Valimaki.

Victor was in Danny’s corner during the fight, a rare display of brotherly love.

“Every brother always fights with their brother,” said Danny about their younger days. “He’s a good training partner. Him and I started doing ju-jitsu as the same times, so we got a lot of practice with each other. We’ve been with each other so long, he knows what I’m thinking, he knows what to tell me to do a good job.

“If nothing else, it sure intimidates the other people. They’re: ‘Oh, my God, you’ve got Victor in your corner?’ ”

Meanwhile, Victor is getting set for a still-to-be-announced September rematch of the TFC world light heavyweight title he lost to Quebec’s Martin Desilets in March.

Desilet’s win was nothing short of contentious, as video replays shows Desilets unleashed seven low blows to Valimaki’s sensitive area, a huge factor in the awarding of the rematch.

“You lose a fight like that, it’s not how you want to lose,” said Valimaki. “To get a rematch is fair.”

n Ryan Fortin of Wetaskiwin (4-3) watched as his opponent, Jarrell Logan of Fort St. John, B.C., (2-4) just collapsed from a standing position when Fortin applied a guillotine choke at 2:06 of the second round.

n In an all-Edmonton bout, Garret Nybakken (2-1) finished off Jevon Marshall (1-1) with a submission guillotine choke at 2:25 of the first round.

n With Ryan Ford in his corner, Edmonton’s Scott Payne won his pro debut in a spirited effort that ended with a TKO, unanswered blows, at 3:53 of the third round. Loser Devon Neville had come into the fight nine pounds overweight and, as a result, Payne also took 20% of Neville’s purse.

n Steve Dubeck (1-2) of Fort McMurray took a unanimously boring unanimous decision over Edmonton’s Curtis Poulin (0-2).

n Calgary’s Keto Allen improved to 5-2 with a TKO, unanswered blows, at 1:16 of the first round, knocking Edmonton’s Jason Gorny (4-1) out of the unbeaten ranks.

con.griwkowsky@sunmedia.ca


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