Cook crushes opponent in two, Abedeen captures IBA gold at United Promotions
Brandon Cook needed a big performance on Saturday night at the Hershey Centre. The 31-year-old Ajax native suffered the first defeat of his career last time out, a crushing ninth-round loss to top super welterweight contender Kanat Islam. He needed to prove to everyone, including himself, that he still had the drive to work towards a world title shot.
In just two rounds, Cook dismantled the overmatched Hector Carlos Santana, winning by knockout.
With the win, Cook moved to 19-1-0, with 12 knockouts. While he picked up the IBA Intercontinental Super Welterweight title, most significantly he retained his top-10 ranking inside the WBA’s super welterweight division. With Brian Carlos Santana and Islam expected to compete early in 2018, he is expected to gain another spot from his current ranking of seventh.
In other action, highly-touted North York resident Mohamed Abedeen did what needed to be done, taking apart Jose Aubel for a fifth-round knockout. Aubel was a last-minute replacement for Ontario fighter Buzz Grant, who Abedeen was supposed to meet for the Canadian lightweight championship. The win marks just Abedeen’s second finish of his career, showing some of the killer instinct fans have been hoping to see from him.
“Abedeen is in a really interesting weight class, we were hoping to do the Buzz Grant thing,” promoter Tyler Buxton said before the bout. “He has to show well because Helmand has been talking shit. That’s going to be the next fight, that will happen in 2018.”
Buxton is referring to Helmand Meran Alekozai, a 6-0 fighter promoted by United Boxing Promotions. While no date was given, the two fighters are expected to meet in the first half of 2018.
Oshawa’s Franz Rill moved his record to 14-2 with a first-round knockout of Ricard Humberto Ramirez. The former IBF International Heavyweight Champion will be looking for another big test in the future, but whether that’s in his adopted fighting home of Germany or here in Ontario remains to be seen.
“Frank Rill is legitimate, very good fighter,” Buxton said before the fight. “The heavyweight division in Canada just turned the page. He’s a former IBF heavyweight champion, a legit heavyweight. People are excited to see him, he’s proud to be from Oshawa.”
United Promotions is expected to return to the Hershey Centre on March 17.
Brandon Cook def. Hector Carlos Santana via 2nd round knockout
Mohammed Abedeen def. Jose Aubel via 5th round knockout
Franz Rill def. Ricardo Humberto Ramirez via 1st round knockout
Abokan Bopke def. Lyndon Chambers via 6th round knockout
Bradley Hamill def. Eduardo Vitela via 1st round knockout
Winston Matthews def. Gregory Miller via unanimous decision
Jay Corcoran def. Jason Kelly via unanimous decision