Cody Crowley had promised a great show in his return to Peterborough. He delivered.
Capping off an exciting card of professional boxing at the Peterborough Memorial Centre, Crowley captured the CPBC International Welterweight Title in a thrilling 10 round victory. From the opening bell Crowley and his opponent Edgar Ortega exchanged countless punches and counter punches.
The southpaw from Douro established control early in the fight. Crowley displayed a calm intensity through the early rounds, taking the action to Ortega with precision. Ortega rallied in the fourth exchanging blows with Crowley. The fighter from Torreon Mexico battled hard along the ropes but Crowley continued to control the action.
The fifth round had the sellout crowd on their feet as the fighters battled at a furious pace. At one point in the round Ortega invited Crowley to scrap in the corner. Crowley obliged providing his fans with further motivation to continue their chants of “Cody, Cody!”. Crowley and Ortega continued to battle through the final rounds including a tense exchange of shots after the seventh round bell.
Despite Ortega’s attempts to wrestle back the fight, Crowley powered on, executing his game plan. The rowdy crowd was on its feet through the tenth cheering on the local boy.
The final bell came with Ortega and Crowley still exchanging punches. The judges validated Crowley’s effort and precision by declaring him the winner in a unanimous decision. The judges scored the fight 100-90 in favour of Crowley. The unofficial sXp scorecard had the fight at 99-91.
The return of professional boxing to Peterborough after 36 years was a resounding success. The crowd of 3500 was electric throughout the night. It was a crowd made of men and women, young and old. Crowley was who they came to see and he delivered a night worthy of a Champion. Crowley and his management are to be commended for putting on a wonderful display of pugilism and a very entertaining night. Peterborough showed they can support a professional boxing event and hopefully it will not be another 36 years before the next one.
The undercard featured five bouts highlighted by two other local fighters, Jay Corcoran and Andrew Slade.
Abokan Bokpe (5-0) of Bowmanville KO’d an outclassed Javier Lardapide of Argentina in the opening bout.
The promising Jerome Gabriel of Oshawa moved to 3-0 by decisioning Max Ledesma of Argetina.
Slick fighting Michael Brandon (5-0) of Ajax outclassed a game David Popeye’ Martinez in spirited bout in a decision.
Peterborough’s Andrew Slade made his pro debut vs. Enrique Contreras of Mexico. Slade had the crowd on its feet from the opening bell when he charged from his corner into the action. In what was the fight of the night to that point Slade battled and continued to come forward. Despite dropping a decision in his debut, Slade’s effort and battle was inspirational. His story of finding boxing and finding his passion therein provided a great story. But Slade putting his heart on display in front of a huge crowd was an amazing thing to behold.
Next up was the first professional fight for local fighter Jay Corcoran. Corcoran has an extensive amateur background, but fulfilled a dream by fighting as a pro in Peterborough. The fight may not have gone according to plan however. His opponent Jason Kelly of Napanee provided a tougher opponent than his 0-3 record may indicate. Kelly kept Corcoran at bay with a solid jab. Corcoran’s hard charging style ended up resulting in him absorbing the greater number of blows. Kelly won the decision.