VANDERPOOL COMEBACK CONTINUES WITH CANADIAN TITLE BID
Press Release: On Saturday, June 1st, at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, United Promotions presents an all-Ontario match-up between 26 year-old Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook (9-0, 5 KOs), of Ajax, Ontario and Canadian boxing mainstay Fitzroy “The Whip” Vanderpool (26-7-4, 13 KOs), of Kitchener, Ontario. At stake will be the vacant Canadian junior middleweight championship. After ending a seven-year hiatus last September, the 45 year-old Vanderpool has reeled off two wins, including a ten-round unanimous decision in early March over 28 year-old Roberto McLellan in Moncton, New Brunswick to set up the showdown with Cook.
“This is a dream come true for me, and an opportunity of a lifetime,” said Cook, who turned pro in 2011, and has honed himself into a boxer-puncher. “I’ve known Fitz for years, and he actually worked my corner a few times when I was an amateur. I’ve got nothing but respect for him, but I’m coming to win and take that title home with me.”
“I want that Canadian belt, and Brandon is standing in my way,” Vanderpool said. “He’s a young, strong kid, with a chance to take down a big name like myself, and win his first title. So I know he’s going to be prepared. There’s no way I’m taking him lightly.”
“They’re hoping I’ve seen better days, and that they expose me as an old-man,” Vanderpool said, before pausing. “That’s not going to happen.”
According to United Promotions’ Tyler Buxton, Vanderpool vs. Cook is one of the most important Canadian title fights in some time. “There have been many great fighters that have held this Canadian title, and I think the winner on June 1st can easily put his name along side the likes of Joachim Alcine and Stephane Ouellet.”
“It’s a fight both guys have to win. Losing is not an option.”
Tickets for the June 1st card, headlined by cruiserweight Denton Daley (9-0, 5 KO’s) are now on sale at TicketMaster.ca.