Braidwood calls out Dillon Carman for Canadian title showdown
British Columbia’s Adam Braidwood (8-1, #5 BoxRec, #5 CanFight) has two bouts set up for September, but after that he wants a shot at the Canadian heavyweight championship.
During an interview with CanFight ahead of his September 9 bout against Wilfrido Leal (10-10-2), Braidwood called out Canadian heavyweight champion Dillon Carman (12-2, #2 Boxrec, #2 CanFight) for his lack of respect for the title.
“What I would really like to do, I’d like to beat up Dillon Carman simply for the fact that I don’t think he represents the Canadian heavyweight title properly,” Braidwood said. “He hasn’t defended it in over a year and a half. If you’re a champion, you shouldn’t be fighting guys ranked 450 in the world or 370 in the world and then taking a timeout to do a TV break and then fighting for a fake belt over in England.”
Braidwood’s comments are in reference to Carman’s last three opponents of Julien Collette, Orlando Antonio Ferias and Vicente Sandez, none of which made it past the second round with Carman. Since winning the vacant Canadian heavyweight title in October of 2014, Carman has only made one defense; a third-round stoppage of then 51-year-old Donovan “Razor” Ruddock.
“If you’re the Canadian champion, you should be the real deal,” Braidwood said. “I know Simon (Kean) (10-0, #1 BoxRec, #1 CanFight) is the real deal, I know I’m the real deal. He should fight one of us or relinquish the belt so we can fight one another.”
Braidwood said that he was offered a fight with Kean earlier in 2017, but “I want to see it done right.
“That’s a fight between two very marketable guys; why limit the amount of exposure?” Braidwood said. “I think there should be some interest around this. I want to see Canadian boxing get more exposure.”
Braidwood added that with KO Boxing planning a special event for Jelena Mrdjenovich’s 50th professional fight, he’d love to have a late-2017 co-main event bout with Carman in Edmonton, followed by a 2018 bout with Simon Kean for Canadian heavyweight boxing supremacy.