Brody Blair is now undefeated in his professional boxing matches.
But Pictou County fans witnessed what “No Mas” looks like.
In a scene that boxing fans could trace to those words meaning no more by Roberto Duran in his welterweight rematch against Sugar Ray Leonard, Blair’s opponent did not answer the bell for the third round of his co-main event against Blair, who officially scored a technical knockout.
Blair, his corner and the big crowd at the Pictou County Wellness Centre were left to wonder if Cangas was hurt, did not want to continue or aggravated a pre-fight injury.
It left Blair disappointed with the outcome despite the win.
“I tried so hard for this fight, so I’m sorry it ended like this,” Blair said. “I never thought he’d quit.”
Blair rallied the fans to follow him to Sydney for his next pro fight. He has constantly saluted those fans who have followed him to cards at home and away during his budding pro boxing career.
“You’ll see something then,” he said.
Blair controlled the bout with Cangas during the first two rounds of their scheduled six-round bout. He used his height and reach advantage to jab effectively and land occasional left and right blows.
Cangas appeared over-matched as the second round ended.
It was the second official TKO of the two co-main events after three entertaining bouts prior to the intermission.
Joey Laviolette of Lower Sackville won when the scheduled eight-round bout with his opponent, Aramis Solis, was stopped.
The card opened with a draw in the four-round bout between Marko Szalai and Alexis Rios.
Aaron Crowley, Blair’s sparring partner from Halifax, won a six-round unanimous decision against Josele Napoles.
Lyle MacNeil also won by unanimous decision against Julio Cesar Guzman.
Attendance was down a bit from the nearly 2,000 fans who attended the last card Blair promoted at the Wellness Centre in April 2018.,which Blair attributed to competing events that evening.
From left: Eduardo Cangas flinches as Brody Blair reaches with a right hand. (Goodwin photo)