Matt Vanda came up empty in his shot at Sebastien Demers’ IBF International middleweight title on Saturday night, April 5.
Ringside observers report that Vanda was unable to get inside to challenge Demers with his improved power. FightNews Canada credits Demers for “a punishing jab that not only kept Vanda at bay but continually snapped his head back with authority over the course of the contest.” (http://www.fightnews.ca/#demers0405) Also according to FightNews Canada, the official scorecards are reported as unanimously 120-108, meaning that Demers pitched a perfect 12-round shutout. Jesse Kelly at www.minnesotaboxing.com, however, awarded Vanda the third and tenth rounds, resulting in a 118-110 score.
The Fistic Mystic hopes that The Predator knows he has the respect, the sympathy, and the appreciation of the Minnesota boxing public, and we hope to see him taste greater success in the future.