Arash Usmanee pushed his perfect professional boxing record to 8-0 Saturday night in Montreal with a devastating 43-second knockout of Genero Garcia of Mexico.
The Red Deer lightweight’s plan Saturday night was to take it easy and get some rounds in, but it didn’t work out that way.
“The bell rang, and I didn’t rush at him. I started with the jab and threw maybe three, four jabs, and that backed him into corner, and all I saw was the opening and I finished him up,” said the former five-time Canadian national amateur champion. “I kept my range, threw long punches. Probably the sharpest punches I have thrown so far. I threw four hard punches, and then I heard my corner say ‘body’. and instantly I went one-two to the body and he dropped.”
For Usmanee, it was his third straight KO and his fifth in his professional career.
“It was a right uppercut/hook and a left hook to the body,” said Usmanee.
After the bout his trainer Marc Ramsey joked with him about taking it easy.
“Marc was like so much for taking it easy on the guy and I said ‘coach I can’t take it easy when I already see him done’.”
Ramsey also trains WBC and IBO light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal of Montreal.
With the loss Garcia dropped to 9-10.
Usmanee’s next fight could be Oct. 29 in Montreal against Abou Sow, 4-1, the man who headlined the Montreal card and stopped Jorge Banos at the three-minute mark of the first round to win the vacant Canadian Professional Boxing Council lightweight title.
“It was a good fight for Abou,” said Usmanee. “He just annihilated Banos. If we were to fight it would come down to whoever has the most heart is going to win, and I think it is going to be me.”
Usmanee also has his eyes set on Steve Claggett, 9-0-1, of Calgary. Usmanee’s team has been in contact with Claggett’s team and both parties want the bout. Claggett has been receiving a lot of publicity from the Calgary media recently which gives Usmanee even more motivation.
“I need to fight somebody that is going to push me, so I can fight the way I have been sparring,” said Usmanee. “I have been sparring really great and I don’t get to showcase that in my fights because they don’t last long. It’s time for me to step up and it’s time for these guys to step up.”
Usmanee would also love to defend a Canadian title in Red Deer.
“We are working on getting a big show in Red Deer. I would like my fans in Red Deer to stay tuned, and I would like to give Red Deer a chance to see what I have instead of just reading about it.”
Doug Rowe is a local freelance writer