Red Deer boxer Cam O’Connell hopes for title shot in New Year after latest win

“It was a rough fight, he was pressuring, holding and elbowing, headbutting and low-blowing. It was a rough fight for both of us”

What Cam O’Connell is doing in the boxing ring is more than just the luck of the Irish.

The Red Deer product, nicknamed “Irish,” won his 12th straight decision in Edmonton on Friday to remain undefeated in his career. With the win, O’Connell improved to 14-0-1 with 9 KOs. The fight was another dominant performance for the 27-year-old, this time dismantling Juan Bedolla Orozco (14-5-2).

The judges scored the fight overwhelmingly in O’Connell’s favour, with two of the three judges giving him wins in six of the eight rounds and the other giving him seven of eight, however, he didn’t see it that way in the ring.

“It was a rough fight, he was pressuring, holding and elbowing, headbutting and low-blowing. It was a rough fight for both of us,” said O’Connell.

“After watching the fight, I can see how they scored it and why they scored it that way. I was more technical, I hit him with more punches. Clean blows that everyone could see and harder blows for sure.”

O’Connell said the fight was more of a brawling style than he anticipated, which led to some adjustments early on.

“They took everything away that I usually do away from me, so I had to fight a different fight than I’m used to. I had to get rough with him. I’m happy that I was able to adapt and overcome what they were trying to do,” he said.

“Technically, no I wasn’t too happy. I like to be a little more pretty and show people my actual skills, not just roughing people up and fighting people, so that broke away from our game plan.”

While O’Connell neared a fourth straight knockout, he said Orozco battled through the final rounds to finish the fight.

“The second the bell rang, he had his hands up and he was right in close, so I knew it was going to be a standoff war,” he said.

“I wasn’t thinking first, second or third or sixth round knockout. But I was hoping for a seventh or eighth round stoppage. In the seventh round I hit him with a body shot, I knew he was done I just couldn’t get him down.”

Following the fight, the burgeoning lightweight superstar called out his potential opponents for his next bout, hoping to square off with either Steve Wilcox of Hamilton, Ont. and Dierry Jean of Montreal, Que.

According to the Canadian Professional Boxing Council, O’Connell is ranked second in the lightweight division.

As for his progress as into a legit Canadian title contender, O’Connell is pleased with how the year has progressed.

“I was hoping for a title by the end of the year, but i’m still undefeated and I’m moving up in the rankings so I couldn’t ask for a better year,” he said.

Plans are still in the works for his next fight, but O’Connell said he will definitely be back in the ring in Edmonton in March of 2017.

byron.hackett@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Sylvan Lake man charged with first-degree murder of his dad

A 28-year-old Sylvan Lake man has been charged with the first-degree murder… Continue reading

Red Deer man going to trial on manslaughter

Gabriel Agotic accused of involvement in May 2017 death of Mathiang Chol

Nominees sought for business awards

Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce annual awards program

‘Somewhere to go:’ Sex trafficking victim calls for more safe houses

REGINA — For years, Beatrice Wallace blamed herself. Not only did she… Continue reading

China renews demand on Canada for Huawei executive’s release

BEIJING — China on Wednesday renewed a demand that Canada release a… Continue reading

Maskwacis youth found dead on reserve

The remains of 16 year old Houston Omeasoo found

Duncan announces $30 million to promote safety and inclusiveness in sport

TORONTO — The federal government is investing $30 million over five years… Continue reading

Raptors president Ujiri addresses rare off-court issues during NBA title run

TORONTO — Even a championship can come with hiccups. Toronto Raptors president… Continue reading

Mouse that roared: Disney characters win local union shakeup

ORLANDO, Fla. — The mouse that roared was heard. Months after workers… Continue reading

Soulpepper’s original musical ‘Rose’ among big winners at Dora theatre awards

TORONTO — Soulpepper’s first original musical “Rose” was among the big winners… Continue reading

‘Must work together:’ Alberta legislature boss chides both sides in earplug spat

Legislature boss chides both sides in earplug spat EDMONTON — Alberta’s legislature… Continue reading

‘He’s my son: Accused mother cries at trial over boy who died of meningitis

LETHBRIDGE — The mother of a toddler who died of bacterial meningitis… Continue reading

Licence revoked for doc who used own sperm to artificially inseminate patients

TORONTO — An Ottawa fertility doctor who used his own sperm as… Continue reading

Most Read