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Boxing In Canada: Andrews Defeats Henry In Edmonton

There was a good fight card at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton last night, headlined by the vacant WBA Fedecaribe Light Middleweight title between local man Kris Andrews and big punching Christopher Henry of Barbados.

36 year old Henry was definitely the more experienced fighter, having faced, in losing efforts, the likes of Joachim Alcine, Junior Witter, Carlos Quintana, Joel Julio, Joshua Clottey among other name opponents, and as a result, 10 of his 19 losses were by stoppage.

In contrast, the younger Andrews had faced mostly domestic opposition but came into the contest on the strength of a first round KO of former Commonwealth and Canadian Light Middle titlist Tony Badea this past June.

Once the bout began, the patterns of engagement were clear as Henry pressed the taller Andrews with some success but ate a good deal of southpaw counters in the process.

By the sixth frame, Henry went for broke but found his overhand shots timed by Andrews, who hit the target with a perfect right hook that canvassed Henry.

The Caribbean visitor beat the count but was dropped again near the end of the sixth as Andrews went for the finish and ended the contest.

Andrews wins the biggest fight of his career by capturing the vacant WBA Fedecaribe title and improves to 13-8-2 (4).

Henry has now lost four of his last five contests and falls to 24-20 (18).

In the chief support contest, former Canadian Cruiserweight titlist Ryan Henney, 12-3 (7), of Saskatoon stopped Winnipeg's Kareem Chartand, 7-6-1 (4), to capture the WBA Canadian Cruiserweight belt.

Edmonton Eskimos hockey player Adam Braidwood, 1-0 (1), made his professional boxing debut by spoiling the same for opponent Devon Garnan, 0-1 (0), who was KO'd in the first round.

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