Heron bests Durel, Volny impresses at Danforth.
The Danforth Music Hall on Toronto's east side is known for the vast array of musical talent that has blessed its stage.
A couple more nights like tonight and it will also be known for something completely different.
On December 8, Lee Baxter Promotions returned to the Danforth Music Hall to round out the year. Headlining the card was Ontario's Kane Heron (9-0) vs. Quebec's Dwayne Durel (6-1).
The two young welterweights went to war in what could be considered one of the finest fights on Canadian soil in 2017.
Durel came out aggressive from the opening bell, marching forward and pressuring Heron. As the first round wore on, Heron found his range and gained some momentum heading into the second.
The second, third and fourth rounds were some of the best of Heron's career, as he showed off some masterful defense, using a shoulder roll to make Durel miss and punishing him for his mistakes.
A trickle of blood started out of Heron's nose in the fifth as Durel began to rally, but a composed Heron was able to squash any hopes of a comeback over the final three rounds.
Throughout the bout, Heron displayed an improved accuracy and willingness to let punches go in combinations. Few boxers in the country switch from orthodox to southpaw as effortlessly as Heron, which was another tool he used in the later rounds to keep Durel away.
FightOn scored the bout 78-74 in favour of Heron, but the official scorecards were a little less generous to the Quebecer. Final scores read were 80-72, 79-73 and 79-73.
With the win, Heron moves his record to 10-0, capturing the WBA-NABA Canada Welterweight Championship in the process.
In the co-main event, Quebec's Patrice Volny went toe-to-toe with Mexico's Martin Islas in what was a more fun bout than many expected.
The vastly more talented Volny spent the first two rounds playing matador, punishing Islas for coming towards him. To his credit, Islas threw a lot of punches and continued moving forward.
From the third round on, Volny pressed the action. He punished Islas ferociously, landing powerful shots to the head throughout.
With just seconds remaining in the sixth round, Volny allowed Islas to hit him with incredible hooks in a show of bravado. In response, Volny blasted shots of his own in the most unbelievable exchange of the night.
Volny ultimately got the better of the exchange, knocking Islas down in violent fashion. Because a fighter can be saved by the bell in the final round, Volny was unable to get the knockout victory.
FightOn scored the bout 60-54 in favour of Volny. Official scorecards were 60-53, 59-54 and 58-55 for Volny.
In other action, Quebec's Chann Thonson improved to 4-0 with an impressive showing against Ontario's Dylan Rushton and World Series of Boxing standout Arslanbek Makhmudov crushed Jaime Barajas in just 24 seconds for his professional debut.
Former Canadian national standout Mazlum Aldeniz was supposed to have the third fight of his professional career on the card, but his opponent reportedly missed weight by 10 lbs. and the fight was subsequently scrapped.