With a pair of recent wins under his belt, Morrisburg boxer, Phil Hoftyzer says he is back and hopes to fight on a more regular basis.
After an injury last May which prevented him from training Hoftyzer says, “I kind of fell out of it.”
However, he is back training on a regular basis at Champs Eastside Boxing Club in Cornwall and the Beaver Boxing Club in Ottawa.
On Saturday, May 4, Hoftyzer, 26, participated in the third annual Help Knockout the Effect of Hunger fundraiser, which was expected to raise over $40,000 for the Agapé Centre, Cornwall, along with some of the proceeds earmarked for the Champs Club.
On the Saturday ticket, Hoftyzer won the co-main event over Shayne Brindle of Plessisville, Quebec, on a TKO when the referee stopped the contest in the first round.
At this point Hoftyzer had put Brindle to his knees twice with left hooks to the body. Then a flurry in the corner finished the fight.
For his effort, Hoftyzer was awarded the most outstanding fighter of the night.
Presented by BMO Nesbitt Bruns at the Best Western Plus Parkway Inn in Cornwall, the evening included seven amateur bouts.
Hoftyzer’s win was in the senior men’s open light-heavyweight division.
“It was a corporate event and it raised a lot of money for a good cause,” said Hoftyzer. “It’s a really nice venue.”
On April 19 in Ottawa, at the Big Fight Night in Little Italy, Hoftyzer won in a split decision over Brutus Payant in his first fight in almost a full year.
“It was a very close fight, and Brutus was extremely aggressive,” says Hoftyzer explaining it wax his ring control and counter punches that helped him to the gain the edge.
After recovering from an injury last May, Hoftyzer returned to the ring, but in December he was again forced to take time out due to injury.
He is now healthy and working hard and training regularly with the hope of fighting “at least once a month.”