Local boxer, Phil Hoftyzer was awarded a unanimous three-round decision at a Friday, February 24 fight in Ottawa against Brutus Payente of Gatineau, Quebec.
A member of the Champs Eastside Boxing Club in Cornwall, Hoftyzer fought in a men’s open class light heavyweight match.
A Boxing Ontario sanctioned event, Fight Night in the Capital 4, was hosted by the Beaver Boxing Club.
The three rounds were action packed with Hoftyzer having the higher punch output for the unanimous decision.
The bout was also voted the best of the evening.
The momentum of the fight went back and forth with Hoftyzer gaining an edge with high pressure and volume punching.
“He was quite a bit bigger than me, so my fight plan was high pressure,” said Hoftyzer who was 175 pounds to Payente’s 182. “I thought the fight would be a bit easier than it was. But the harder I fought, the harder he came back.”
Hoftyzer trains three days per week at the Champs club in Cornwall and works out at home in Morrisburg another two nights per week.
He is coached by Jorge Luis and stats listed on the club website show Hoftyzer as an Active Amateur Boxer with 20 fights with 12 wins and eight losses.
Last year he laid off the sport, but this year is back and going hard.
Hoftyzer who comes from the Iroquois area, first took up boxing when he was a student at Seaway District High School.
After school, he served in the Canadian Armed forces for three years.
In 2009, at the age of 23 he won the Ontario Novice Light-heavy Weight division. In the same year, he won a bronze medal at the Open Provincial Boxing Championship.
Hoftyzer now lives in Morrisburg and works in construction.
In other local boxing news, pro boxer Tony Luis, 13-0 with five knockouts and holder of the WBC Continental Americas Light Welterweight Belt, will be in action on April 7th in Montreal at the Claude-Robillard Centre.
Tickets and bus transportation for local fans can be arranged by calling 613-360-5944. Tony, the son of Jorge Luis at the Cornwall Champs club, will box an eight or 10 rounder against one of the leading contenders in his weight class.
Coming up on April 14th at the Best Western Parkway Inn in Cornwall, Champs will host their 2nd annual Knock Out Poverty event. Hoftyzer will be fighting as the main event in this fund raiser for the Agapé Centre.