Cornwall’s Tony Luis Takes WBC Title
Cornwall’s very own Tony Luis made a statement to the boxing world this weekend with an impressive first round dismantling of veteran boxer and former WBC Champ. Alejandro Barrera. The two boxers were vying for the WBC Continental Americas Light Welterweight title in front of a boisterous crowd at the Pierre Carbonneau Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
Experts had predicted the experienced 31 year old Barrera would be a challenge for young 23 year old Luis. Yet only 3 minutes into the fight, Barrera would not get up after being knocked to the canvas twice by way of devastating left hooks from Luis. With the win, Tony Luis improves his record to 13-0, with 5 knockouts.
"He's a man now, he's maturing,'' said Tony’s father and head trainer, Jorge Luis. “We really pushed him hard (for nine weeks of fight preparation). I think he's the best lightweight in Canada, I really do.''
With the victory Tony Luis captured his first professional title, and is now considered a top-20 fighter at his weight in the world.
An estimated 200 people from Cornwall made the trek to Montreal to cheer on Luis, who fights out of the Champs East Side Boxing Club in Cornwall. This prompted Luis De Melo of TheBoxingExaminer.com to write: “One might think was taking place in Cornwall, ON due to a majority of faithful Cornwall fans on hand to support their native son.”
“We were on our feet once the match got started and we never sat down,” said David Murphy, Cornwall City Councillor and a friend to the Luis family. “I think the vocal home-town support gave Tony some extra energy.”
Mr. Murphy had a great ringside view of the fight along with Gilles Latour, Chair of Team Cornwall.
“Tony is a fantastic individual and a great ambassador for Cornwall,” said Mr. Latour. “He is an articulate, respectful young man, who is an inspiration to many young athletes by his actions in and outside of the ring.”
Tony Luis acknowledged his hometown fans with by shouting out “Thank you Cornwall for your support” at the end of the fight.