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Vanderpool gets new opponent for title shot

By Jordan Ercit
Kitchener Post staff

Fitzroy Vanderpool’s title shot is no longer in limbo.

Last month, the 45-year-old Kitchener native had his National Boxing Authority middleweight title shot, scheduled for March 2 in Moncton, N.B., cancelled after fellow top contender Stuart McLellan was injured.

As fate would have it, McLellan’s brother Roberto, the No. 2 contender for the vacant NBA super-middleweight title, had his bout on the same card fall through after his opponent was injured too.

Hence, Vanderpool (25-7-4), the NBA’s top-ranked middleweight, will now fight 28-year-old Roberto McLellan (6-3-1) for the vacant NBA middleweight title on the same day and card as before.

“I had to make a call on the fight by Sunday afternoon,” Vanderpool told the Post in an email. “It’s a go for March 2. We’re just looking to hook up some quick sponsorship so the documentary cameras can make the trip.”

Cambridge filmmaker Richard Wang is shooting a documentary on Vanderpool’s quest for a Canadian boxing title.

Vanderpool, also known as “The Whip,” ended a seven-year professional boxing hiatus in September when he beat Whitby’s Phil Rose via a six-round unanimous decision.

Bujold wins in France

Mandy Bujold completed her training camp in Albi, France, and helped Team Canada come away with a 5-4 win in a dual match pro-am boxing card.

The Kitchener native defeated Lydia Boussaida, France’s national champion in the 51-kilogram weight class, 14-11 for Canada’s second win of the night. It was her first fight of the new year as she prepares for the 2014 AIBA women’s world championships in Canada.

Bujold also spent the week training with the Canadian national team and alongside the French national team in France.

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