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Gleason drops decision at Superfights


The first loss of his Muay Thai/kickboxing career was an especially painful one for Todd Gleeson.

The Red Deer fighter engaged Adam Blanchette in a bout for the vacant Western Canadian super cruiserweight title Saturday at the Sheraton Hotel and lost a split decision to his Vancouver opponent in the main event of Superfights 21.

“He had me hurt pretty good in a couple of rounds, but I thought I had him hurt too,” said Gleeson, who trains at the Lyle Cheney Karate Studio.

Gleeson, whose record dropped to 6-1-1, blamed himself for the setback in the bout that featured modified Muay Thai rules.

“I just should have been busier. That’s the way I look at it,” he said after the five-round bout. “That’s the longest fight I’ve had. But I’ve fought stronger, I’ve fought faster, I’ve fought better-conditioned (fighters) and beat them. I should have been busier.”

Gleeson didn’t cut any corners while preparing and training for the title fight.

“I ran my ass off. I trained with a personal trainer. I trained I don’t know how many days a week at the school (Cheney Studio),” he said.

“It isn’t the end of the world but I’d like to be going home with that belt.”

Gleeson is just nicely into his competitive career and should get another shot at the title.

“I have to look at it that way. I don’t have much choice,” he said.

Cheney, Gleeson’s coach, is more than confident that a rematch will take place.

“We’ll have a rematch, definitely. We want a match with full Muay Thai rules, where you can use elbows,” he said.

“I think we’ll have one fight and then maybe we can get a rematch for the Winter Warfare (in November in Red Deer). I imagine they will give us one.”

Cheney was of the opinion that Gleeson deserved a better fate Saturday.

“We were all kind of amazed, actually (by the decision),” he said. “I thought he had it expect for maybe one round, but maybe that’s a coach’s bias. I’m not really sure.”

Cheney agreed with his fighter that a lack of activity late in the bout might have proved costly.

“The last round he was dancing around too much and maybe that’s what did it. He had to go after him more in the last round, but I thought he still had it,” said Cheney.

“You want to sort of fault the officials, but I’m one of the officials in that same group and I know they all know what they’re doing. It was just one of those things, I guess.”

In a 165-pound bout featuring two Red Deer competitors, Cheney’s Patrick Vallido defeated Michael Brazeau of Seven Stars Praying Mantis by split decision. Vallido improved to 1-2 while Brazeau dropped to 0-2.

Lacey Noel of the Cheney Studio lost a unanimous decision to Amy Fletcher of Airdrie in a women’s 135-pound bout. It was Noel’s second loss against no wins and Fletcher’s first competitive fight.

In a 180-pound women’s match, Shianne Richardson (1-0) of the Cheney Studio earned a split decision over Marie Hayball (0-1) of Edmonton.

Josh Crump of Red Deer Black Dragon Martial Arts fell to 2-3 with a unanimous-decision loss to Hasman Sandhu (4-1) of Calgary in a 155-pound bout, while Russell Dahms (2-0) of Rocky Mountain House defeated Andrew Vandervelden (2-3) of Airdrie by split decision in a 170-pound match.

Kyle Lajeunesse of the Cheney Studio lost by unanimous decision to Stephen Kung of Edmonton in 145-pound bout, the first competitive match for either fighter, and in the evening’s first scrap featuring a pair of newcomers, Reno Nash of Calgary earned a unanimous decision over Brad Christensen of Rocky Mountain House.

In other bouts, Edmonton fighters Andre Braden (5-3-1) and Eddy Chang (7-0-1) (150 pounds) battled to a draw; Dylan Bastian (1-0-1) of Calgary (185 pounds) earned a split decision over Spencer Sinclair (0-1) of Edmonton; Matthew Lipsius (4-2) of Regina (140 pounds) was a winner over Bruce Tran (8-4) of Calgary by split decision; and Dwain Soon (9-7) of Calgary defeated Adam Brown (7-2) of Regina (155 pounds) by unanimous decision.

 
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