Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook Set for Return to Hershey Centre
For Immediate Release
Mississauga, ON (November 15, 2017) – Don’t call it a reset. Make no mention of drawing boards to go back to. Brandon ‘Bad Boy’ Cook knows only one direction when it comes to boxing, and that is to move forward.
Cook returns home Saturday December 16th to Mississauga’s Hershey Centre after a year-and-a-half absence where the #7 WBA ranked junior middleweight hit the road and faced off against some of the best 154 pounders the world has to offer. Cook (18-1, 11 KOs) is set to face-off versus Argentine veteran Hector Carlos Santana (26-8, 20 Kos)
Far from deterred, Cook now has a strong idea of what is expected of him and is more confident than ever when facing off against the division’s best and knows what to expect when going into an opponent’s backyard.
“In Montreal I beat their guy and took an ice bucket to the head for my reward,” said the 31-year-old Cook. “In the Islam fight, I travel halfway round the world and almost the first punch of the night is so low it almost went through my legs! I love the opportunity to go around the world and fight the best there is, but I’ll tell you this, it’s good to be home!”
A lot has changed on the Ontario fight scene in the 1-1/2 years since Cook held court at the Hershey Centre. Whereas boxing was once a seasonal event in Ontario, action has heated up to the point where there is a significant fight almost every other week. This will be the TWENTIETH boxing card in Ontario this year, a mark that equals Canada’s usual category leader in Quebec and surpasses both Las Vegas and New York City in the number of total cards presented.
Promoter Don MacDonald of United Promotions still has a hard time wrapping his head around the ever-growing numbers. “I remember the days in the late 90’s when we had two cards per year, and those promotions were often only three fights! We’ve seen a lot of talented individuals forced to pack up their gloves and fight elsewhere over the years. Who knows how much further the likes of Vanderpool, Irwin, Ross, Johnson and Marcus could have gone in their careers if there had a more nurturing environment here at home? How great would it be having the fans along every step of the way?”
MacDonald believes Ontario is on the precipice of some exciting things in the not-too-distant future when it comes to pugilistic excellence. “Look at everything Quebec has been able to accomplish over the years including numerous world champions. Our amateur boxers are every bit as good, the promoters are providing a quality product, our fans are just as supportive; we just need the conditions to nurture our athletes properly and provide an environment where they can best achieve their goals.”
“Brandon Cook is a good example of that. He’s proven he can hang with the best of them in the toughest division in boxing. They pulled the plug on him way too early in his fight in Kazakhstan, but that’s the risk you run when fighting on the road. Our goal is to make sure that we’re the ones holding all the cards for our boxers in the future, we want to give them every opportunity to succeed. His performance helped him maintain his top-ten world ranking within the WBA; December 16th will give the fans a glimpse of just how much better he is now since they last saw him live.”
For additional information or interviews please call:
Tyler Buxton 416-564-2471 President – United Boxing Promotions