The battle of the big men went Adam Querido's way during the 19th edition of the Clash at the Cascades amateur boxing series Friday.
The B.C. heavyweight title was on the line at the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre, where the 6'4" 240-pound Querido, from the North Burnaby Boxing Club, went up against "Big" Nate Nowak, a 6'6" 270-pound pugilist from POWD, a Richmond-based club.
The main event of the 10-bout card saw Nowak hit the canvas in what appeared to be a slip.
The match never got going, however Querido seemed to be in control, reported Clash matchmaker and City Boxing trainer Dave Allison. Nowak hit the canvas twice again before his corner threw in the towel.
Two B.C. champions were crowned in front of 300-plus boxing fans.
The range of matches varied, from two 110pound juniors, all the way to the two aforementioned heavyweights whose combined weight exceeded 500 pounds.
The semi main event was more eventful and although North Burnaby's Dave Robinson won all five rounds, he had to battle hard for all of them, according to Allison.
Chad Gerow of Revolution was game and forced the issue, however Robinson's extensive experience prevailed and he is now the B.C. super middleweight champion.
A City title was at stake as a pair of super welterweights faced off for the regional belt. Tilting the scales at 153 pounds, Josh Wright of Ocean City Boxing had a one-pound weight advantage over Jarek Brown of Action Boxing in what turned out to be a very action-packed match.
"Brown forced the fight all the way and Wright countered," Allison reported. "It was a quality-versus-quantity kind of fight."
Brown threw more punches and forced the match, but Wright landed some very meaningful jabs and straight rights.
Brown lost a point due to a kidney blow and at the end it was a very costly point. The judges had Brown ahead, however, with the point taken off, the match was ruled a draw. The rematch was already being talked about before the ring came down.
In a women's bout, Action Boxing's Jen Yegar (138 pounds) won a decision over Port Kells boxer Jillian Sask (137 pounds).
Randy Hollett of Sunshine Coast Boxing won a split decision over Jamie Chadwick in a well-boxed middleweight fight.
Former Canadian champion Gordy Racette has been training a young heavyweight, and he was on the card. Eighteen-year-old Russell Lesk, who tips the scales at 223 pounds, fought a game Dustin Trenkel (253 pounds) of Blue Corner Boxing.
Within a minute of the first round, Lesk "landed a monster right hand and the match was over," Allison said.
In the super lightweight division, Brennan Patterson, 15, of Blue Corner took on 17-year-old Marc Magano in a super lightweight bout.
"It was a well-fought fight, however Patterson showed why he is considered a prospect when he weathered a few storms and came up with an out-standing final round to win the unanimous decision," Allison said.
Super welterweight Remy Lavoie of North Burnaby won a decision over Connor Doyle of Beyond Boxing.
The juniors were in action when 12year-old Anthony Patrignan from Port Kells took on Madkatz boxer Paul Jung, 13, from Kelowna.
The referee stopped the bout in the second round, and the contest was awarded to Jung.
The next Clash show, the 20th of the series, is scheduled for Aug. 24 at the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre.
Langley City Boxing has been an active club since starting in 2006, hosting the 2008 B.C. Golden Gloves as well as the Western Canadian championships.
Add to this two Diamond Belt tournaments and an Emerald Gloves, Allison reported.