Assenza, Prepolec walk away with gold at BTC 3
As far as regional shows in Ontario go, Burlington Training Centre’s third outing will go down as one of the more entertaining.
At ‘BTC 3: Prophecy’ two champions were crowned as the budding promotion laid the ground work for an exciting future in Ontario.
The main event saw an always game Adam Assenza put on a determined, intelligent performance in knocking out Shawn Wallace in the first round. Wallace, who came in four pounds overweight and could not win the title, used leg kicks early to try and measure the distance. However, Assenza’s ability to switch stances and mix traditional kickboxing stylings with karate-like movement kept Wallace away.
In the end, it was a right hook that stole consciousness from Wallace, who crumbled into a heap. Assenza followed up and the referee had no choice but to step in.
In the co-main event, it was an all-Ontario showdown between Scott Hudson and Kyle Prepolec in the newly minted super-lightweight (165 lb.) division.
The two started slow, feeling each other out before the action heated up dramatically. By the end of the first round, both fighters were throwing powerful shots and the crowd was ravenous for more. The fighters delivered, starting the second round much like how the first ended.
Hudson, who may be too tough for his own good, was hurt by a punch in the round but did his damndest to stay in the fight. Prepolec’s concussive blows continued to land and ultimately, the fight was stopped in the second round.
In other action, Lindsay Garbatt and Rayanne Dos Santos put on a show-stealer in the women’s 115 lb division, with media row undecided on who should take the victory as the bout came to a conclusion. Ultimately, it was Garbatt who won a competitive unanimous decision.
One of the most impressive performances of the night went to middleweight Aaron Jeffery, who used an impressive array of skills both in the clinch and at distance to exhaust his opponent, Alex Beaule. As Beaule slowed, Jeffrey pounced by pouring the pressure on and forcing a second-round stoppage. Jeffrey moves to 5-1 as a professional and will be looking to get back in the cage sooner than later.
Matchmaker Rob Veevers confirmed after the card that the promotion is expected to return on November 24 in Peterborough. No bouts have been announced for the card yet.
BTC Lightweight Championship: Adam Assenza def. Shawn Wallace via 1st round knockout
BTC Super-Lightweight Championship: Kyle Prepolec def. Scott Hudson via 2nd round knockout
Aaron Jeffery def. Alex Beaule via 2nd round knockout
Lindsay Garbatt def. Rayanne Dos Santos via unanimous decision
Tyler Wilson def. Gabe Sagman via 2nd round knockout
Ergys Sigeta def. Smith Amisial via unanimous decision
Serhiy Sidey def. Avinash Chowtee via unanimous decision
*photos courtesy of Shawn Antman