Thursday, March 8, 2007

ECC Announces “Night of Champions”

HALIFAX, March 7 — At a press conference held Wednesday by Combat Productions at the Palace nightclub, the full line-up for the promotion's fifth event, "Night of Champions," was revealed.

That particular moniker stems from the introduction of light heavyweight, welterweight and lightweight belts.

On hand were ECC co-promoter Peter Martell, Nova Scotia Boxing Authority rep Hubert Earle, as well as several fighters including Roger Hollett, Jason MacKay, Ryan Jimmo, and female newcomer Tannaya Hantelman.

Martell eloquently fielded questions from the press, and revealed some of the promotion's future plans. Halifax is a big university town, and Martell said that due to the mass exodus of students during the summer months the ECC is considering starting an "Unplugged" series during that time, similar to the Maximum Fighting Championship in Edmonton.

After the questions, MacKay and Hantelman quickly switched to ring attire and performed a 10-minute sparring session for those in attendance. Hantelman displayed some of the solid striking and kicking skills that she's developed during years of Muay Thai training.

Light heavyweight title match
Roger Hollett vs. Ricardeau Francois

Lightweight title match
Jason MacKay vs. Shaun Krysa

Welterweight title match
Rowan Cunningham vs. Cory MacDonald

Main Card
Tannaya Hantelman vs. Debbie Richards (135)
Ryan Jimmo vs. Robert Haynes (220)
Travis Axworthy vs. Chester Post (185)
Matt Dutkoski vs. Matt Hamilton (170)
Mike Skutter vs. Chris Barbeau (145)
Adam MacDonald vs. Michael Waugh (175)
Aaron Jollimore vs. Andrew Belyea (185)
Craig Skinner vs. Curtis Fiander (185)
Peter McGrath vs. Kristian Ndur (150)
Tim Kelly vs. Tim Skidmore (185)

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