It was a big win for Richmond fighter Elroy Fruto.
The Pack of Wild Dogs Combat Club member recorded a unanimous decision over Cloverdale Boxing’s Cal Bennett to capture the Combsport Amateur City Boxing 135-pound title. The bout was part of the 50th Clash at the Cascades Casino in Langley.
It was a rematch of a year ago when Bennett won in a split decision. This time Fruto left no doubt with a dominating performance over the four rounds.
A potential third meeting has been turned down by Jackson. Instead, Fruto will take on Levi Jackson — a former B.C. and WBC Amateur Champion who is in the elite level of Combsport. He is coming out of a hiatus to challenge Fruto on April 6. A win would pave the way for Fruto to contend for the B.C. and potentially the WBC titles as well.
Pack of Wild Dogs is a boxing club located at Westminster highway and No. 2 Road. Head coach Mark Friedman launched the club 25 years ago and has guided many fighters to bronze, silver, gold and diamond provincial and now city championships.
“The buzz in the backroom is ‘what’s in the Richmond water making all the Richmond guys so strong,” said Friedman. “I answered ‘it’s the food.’”
His staff also includes club manager Joel Deguzman, assistant and strength coach Mark Harmol and kids coach Enrico Custodio.
Despite the name, Combsport only sanctions and participates in the sport of amateur boxing in BC.
Combsport is the PSO of WBC Canada and is affiliated with the WBC World Amateur Federation. The WBC is the oldest and most historically relevant boxing entity in the world.