Written by Alexander Zammit
Sunday, 08 August 2010 00:53
After countless months of rumors and hype, Orangeville natives Logan Cotton-McGuinness (11-0-1, 5 KO’s) and Buzz Grant (9-3, 4 KO’s) are set to square-off in one of the most anticipated grudge matches in Ontario boxing history, Saturday, September 25 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, for the NABA Lightweight title. The card, UNDISPUTED: RIVALS, is being promoted by United Promotions, Southern Ontario’s leader in live boxing.
Earlier this month the undefeated Cotton-McGuinness demolished Montreal’s Jorge Banos via first-round TKO, setting the stage for the most important fight of his career. “Logan is just getting better and better with every fight, and on September 25th he’ll take the buzz out of Buzz Grant,” said Cotton-McGuiness’ trainer, Chris Johnson. “Logan is going to break him down, and finish him off. Buzz is a good fighter, but Logan is just in another class.” Heading into the battle for Orangeville, Canadian, and North American bragging rights.
The 31 year-old Grant is on a roll of his own, going undefeated in the past four years, and racking up six straight wins in the process, including two Canadian titles. Orangeville is one of Canada’s oddest boxing hubs. With a population hovering around 30,000, the city 90 kilometres northwest of Toronto produces a disproportionate amount of good fighters, with Cotton-McGuinness and Grant at the top of Orangeville’s boxing heap.
A win by either fighter will result in an automatic world rating by the WBA, and a chance to catapult themselves into not only national stardom, but also international prominence. “There isn’t anything more to ask for in a fight,” said Adam Harris, Cotton-McGuinness' Promoter “Even though there are real career implications, there’s more to this fight than the prestigious NABA title. These guys are fighting for something that can’t be measured in dollars or rankings; local pride and bragging rights. And because of that, this is the fight of their lives.