Local boxers in the ring March 28

March 18, 2015   ·   0 Comments

Local boxers “Silent” Steve Franjic and Logan “Cotton” McGuinness will be be featured in an upcoming night of boxing at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga on March 28.

Both fighters have something to prove.

Franjic will be returning to the ring after taking his first professional loss on November 15, at the same venue.

McGuinness will be returning after a year and a-half absence from the ring.


Franjic shakes off November 15, loss


Going into his fight against Mexico’s Alvaro Gaona on November 15, 2014, Steve Franjic had built an impressive record with 12 wins and one draw.

The fight against Gaona was going in Franjic’s favour, by far, until an lucky overhand right in the third round dropped Franjic and ended the match.

It was a disappointment for both Franjic and his fans who expected a win and from the early going in the match figured Gaona would be finished after taking a pummeling from Franjic who was clearly in control in the early rounds.

But that’s boxing, and the fight was over when Franjic could not continue.

“Definitely the last fight was a setback. We’re going back to the drawing board. We had to work on a few things,” Franjic said. “We’re working on the head movement, not moving forward, things like that, to avoid those big punches. That’s been in the training. I’m working hard as always. That’s all we can do is be ready for the next one.

Franjic will be up against Argentinian, Ricardo Marcelo Ramallo, who hails from Buenos Airies.

Ramallo has 23 professional fights behind him including 16 wins with 11 KO’s, six losses, and one draw.

“I’ve watched some video on him,” Franjic said of Ramallo. “He’s a nice boxer, kind of a traditional style. He likes to move around and jab. We got our work cut out for us, but we’ll be ready.”

McGuinness ready to reclaim title


After an absence of a year and a-half Logan “Cotton” McGuiness is in shape and ready to step back into the boxing world.

McGuiness had to take time off after suffering an injury that kept him out of the ring.

He was stripped of his North American Boxing Association featherweight title as per NABA rules that remove a fighter’s title if inactive for a year.

With the injury behind him, McGuiness is ready to put on the gloves.

He is undefeated in the ring after 20 professional bouts and has held three titles – lightweight, super featherweight, and featherweight North American titles.

He won the featherweight title in a bout against Sergio Carlos Santillan that went the distance on September 19, 2014, and ended with a unanimous decision.

“The plan is to get busy again and start fighting again and get back to where I was a year and a-half ago,” McGuinness said. “Unfortunately I was off because of injuries. But I think the break did my body good, and I’m trying to get back to where I was. My ultimate goal is to win a world title. I’ve got to get ranked again. As soon as I fight I’ll get ranked again, and eventually get back high enough to hopefully fight for a world title.”

McGuinness will be up against Argentinian, Luis Srmando Juarez, a 32 year-old who comes to the venue with a 19-8 record, and two draws.

“This is a comeback fight for me,” McGuinness said. “I’ve been off for 18 months so there’s definitely going to be some ring-rust in there. Although I’m sparring and training, there’s nothing light being under the lights on fight night.”

He’s putting a lot of work into getting ready for the return the ring.

“We’ve picked it up. Sparring, running, it’s a full time job for me. I run in the morning, I go to the boxing gym, and every other night I go for strength and conditioning training. It’s hard on the body but that’s why I think this year and a-half break was a good thing.”

Fight night will take place on Saturday, March 28, at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga with the first fight in the seven bout card getting underway at 7:00 p.m.

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