Photo by MURRAY CRAWFORD/Advocate Staff

Photo by MURRAY CRAWFORD/Advocate Staff

Top fighters hold ground at Super Fights 24

No title changed hands at Superfights 24 as the challengers couldn’t knock off the top billed fighters. For one Red Deer fighter, Stephanie Schmale, that meant holding her own against a fighter whose style is similar to her own.

No title changed hands at Superfights 24 as the challengers couldn’t knock off the top billed fighters.

For one Red Deer fighter, Stephanie Schmale, that meant holding her own against a fighter whose style is similar to her own.

For another Red Deer fighter, Braedon Rice, it was a crushing blow as he was knocked out be a vicious kick to the head in the second round. The loss ended the challenger’s shot at Tim Lo’s Western Canadian Super Light Heavyweight belt.

The two were part of a 12 fight card Saturday night at the Red Deer Sheraton.

Schmale squared off against Leslie Ens out of Saskatoon in a 135 pound Modified Muay Thai three round bout. The two traded blows and in one of the closer fights of the night, Schmale emerged on top by a split decision.

Her Ladies Western Canadian Welterweight championship was not on the line in the penultimate fight of the evening, but the fight was still an important one for her.

“I’m used to girls charging at me and not really thinking, whereas she was caclulated so that was a bit different,” Schmale said about her veteran adversary.

“I tried to be patient with her. I’m kind of a counter-puncher, she’s kind of a counter-puncher so there was a lot of trying to figure each other out. I just tried to be patient and not push in too hard.”

The Red Deer native trains out of Cheney’s Zen Karate and Kickboxing. To prepare for the fight she trains in kickboxing about three days a week and two days a week of long-distance running. But for her, the key is to have more time to prepare for the fight.

Schmale hopes to defender her title this November.

Rice, who trains out of 7 Stars Praying Mantis in Red Deer, had a title shot in his fight against Tim Lo, out of Sherwood Park. The two were the main event of the evening. Unlike the other fights on the evening, their fight went five rounds.

In the second round, Lo caught Rice with a kick to the head that knocked Rice out and ended the bout.

Michael Roe, out of Lacombe Zen and Kickboxing, of Lacombe won by unanimous decision in his fight against Ryan Demyen out of Regina. The two fought the full three rounds in a modified Muay Thai 150 pound bout.

Justin Rocheleau of Red Deer, out of Cheney’s Zen Karate and Kickboxing, and Dean Coslovi of Lethbridge fought to a majority draw in their 175 pound Modified Muay Thai three round bout.