Tim Lo left doubt of his worthiness to the claim of the Western Canadian Super Light Heavy Weight title on Saturday at Super Fights 23.
The Sherwood Park Muay Thai fighter knocked out Andrew Vandervelden out of Airdrie in the third round with a solid kick to the head in front of a near sell out crowd at the Western Prairie Pavilion.
“It was an action packed fight, really back and forth, but Tim Lo dominated right from the beginning,” said promoter Lyle Cheney, who also runs Cheney’s Zen Karate and Kickboxing. “He connected with all kinds of stuff, but what won it was a high kick to the face. It was a really convincing win.”
The fight of the night, however, was Red Deer’s Braedon Rice with a third round TKO of Spencer Oulette out of Edmonton in a modified 175 pound fight. For the his efforts, the Master Mike Purnell trained fighter out of 7 Stars Praying Mantis was awarded the Andre Beaulieu Memorial Award in honour of the late Red Deer martial artist. Beaulieu died April at age 49 due to cancer.
The recipient of the award was decided on by the judges and officials working Super Fights 23.
“This award goes to the fighter demonstrating the best technique, the best skill, the best tenacity and it’s going presented at every fight card we have in Red Deer from now on, so it’s quite fitting that it was a Red Deer fighter to win the first one,” said Cheney. “He didn’t know Andre, but his instructor did, and the people in the audience knew him, so I thought it was a poignant moment that a Red Deer fighter got it.”
The two other Red Deer fighters, both Cheney trained, did not fare so well. Gavin Owen lost a unanimous decision to Amir Vasseghi of Calgary at 145 pounds, and Shae Osguthorpe lost an unanimous decision to Mitch Wiles out of Edmonton at 135 pounds.
Sundre’s Jamie Hogarth knocked out Cory Bjorgan in the first round with a flurry of punches in a 220-pound bout.
Eckville’s Malcolm Tisdale earned a split decision win over Travis Lindsay out of Saskatoon at 180 pounds, Alma Ladoucer of Calgary won a split decision over Rocky’s Melissa Ade at 137 pounds, and Russell Dahms of Rocky lost a split decision to Shaun Thankachen of Calgary at 165 pounds.
In other fights not involving Central Alberta fighters, Dylan O’Toole of Calgary beat Edmonton’s Raeden Lee at 155 pounds, Shae Henry of Saskatoon posted an unanimous decision win over Calgary’s Frank Nelson at 155 pounds, Minh Pham of Edmonton earned a split decision over Calgary’s Mohamed Shaw at 155 pounds, and Tyler Weran of Saskatoon took the split decision over Nolan Shergold of Airdrie at 155 pounds.
On a whole, Cheney was pleased with the night.
“It was well attended considering we had UFC the same night too, we had really enthusiastic fans,” said Cheney.
“The nice thing about Super Fights is we have a fairly well educated audience and most of them are return customers, they come to it every time we have one.”