Speed and control deliver 22nd win over rugged opponent
Tony “Lightning” Luis closed out his 2016 campaign with a new promoter and a unanimous decision win over Christian Uruzquieta in late November.
The Cornwall, Ontario boxer’s eight-round decision in Mississauga punctuated a string of victories since dropping a narrow decision for the interim lightweight WBA title in 2015.
Luis (22-3 7KO) dealt the Mexican lightweight his first defeat in six years, picking up right where he left off after a February unanimous decision win over Samuel Amoako.
He was able to rely on lightning-fast hands to pull away from the crafty Uruzquieta (14-2-1 4KO) who had never lost in Canada– until meeting Luis at the Hershey Centre.
Fighting in front of a friendly crowd, Luis took complete control of the bout in the fifth round, working inside Uruzquieta and hurting him with withering body punches. From there he dictated the fight using his experience and hand speed.
“I knew the body punches really took a toll,” Luis said. “In the fifth round, I took the fight away from him and dominated.”
Luis who signed an exclusive promotional contract with Liveco Boxing shortly before the fight said he’s looking forward to 2017 and the bouts his new promotional partners arrange for him.
Before November, Luis had never fought professionally in Ontario. He gave his home province a glimpse of its native son outworking Uruzquieta in his first Canadian action since a May 2013 decision over Poland’s Maurycy Gojko in Quebec.
With 2017 on the horizon, Luis said he is anxious to step back in the ring and get a chance to raise a belt. “I’m hoping to get another title shot,” he said. “I’m going to keep winning. I’m training hard so that I’m ready for my next fight.”
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