Calgary boxer Reti takes down rival, looks forward to future

He’s Reti for the world.

Moreso after Saturday’s statement victory at Dekada Contender.

Calgary boxer Devin Reti took to the ring against fellow Albertan up-and-comer Flavio Michel and won via TKO in the third round of the feature fight at Deerfoot Inn & Casino.

“It felt pretty awesome, especially when you win by a knockout like that,” Reti said. “You feel on top of the world. It’s different than just winning an easy unanimous decision. You have a lot more adrenaline after something like that. It carries on for the next few days.”

In Edmonton’s Flavio, the undefeated Reti paired off against an 8-3 powerhouse to get a leg up on the Western Canadian welterweight boxing scene, hoping to boost his resumé on the national landscape.

When it was over, the Dekada promotion boxer earned the most important victory of his career, improving his record to a solid 12-0.

“It was weird, because I kind of imagined how the fight would go,” said the 25-year-old Reti. “I knew he was a big puncher — he can hit pretty hard. He doesn’t have a whole ton of skill — he’s a brawler. His big punch is his overhand right, and he’s caught a few guys with that before and made them chicken-legged and wobbly. I planned to have a very cautious first round because I know he goes down a gear every round because he gets tired because he’s always swinging with a lot of steam.”

Reti and his dad, Doug, a boxing aficionado, worked in the lead-up on a short right punch to counter Michel’s overhand whopper.

“That’s the one I landed eventually,” Reti said. “It just worked beautifully. All of a sudden, boom, he was down face-first on the canvas. It was like, ‘Holy, what did I just do?’ And then I smelled blood and went in and didn’t give him any chance to breathe (in the ring) and finished him.”

It was the sixth KO for Reti, who’s ranked sixth among welterweights in Canada.

Flavio went in rated eighth.

“We expressed an interest in fighting each other before, and it didn’t materialize for some reason,” Reti said. “And then people started talking about it on social media, and then Flavio got and said, ‘I’m not scared of Devin.’ Then, we had fights on the same weekend, and I called Flavio out after my fight, and he won, as well.

“This is definitely the biggest win of my career,” Reti continued. “Flavio’s fought two top guys from out east. He lost, but it was a competitive fight. A lot of guys won’t fight Flavio because of his power. But I was the one who knocked him out, so that was a really big statement for me.”

Next up for Reti is likely another Dekada Contender fight on a card in January.

But with Saturday’s triumph comes calls to take on more high-profile competition. Ontario’s Kane Heron, at 12-0-1 and ranked seventh among Canadian welterweights, or Ontario’s Jesse Wilcox, at 11-0-2 and ranked fourth, come to mind as logical foes for Reti in what would be a ‘best-in-the-west vs. best-in-the-east’ bout among Canadian contenders.

“I’d like to fight in the States on TV,” said Reti of his future goals. “Everyone says they’d like to win a world title — I would like to do that. But this is an entertainment business, and it’s more about being fan friendly, viewer friendly, by having an exciting style If you have that, then you stay relevant in the sport. I feel I have that. I love to perform and put on a show.

“Yeah, I hope to be a world champion, but the road to is a journey and not a destination, so I’m making sure I enjoy the ride. But it really helps to have an end-goal, because that’s what helps to push you when things get rough.”

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KRUSHIN’ IT

Call it the Kandi Krush.

That’s probably what Zsofia Bedo is doing after getting knocked down and defeated by TKO during Dekada Contender last Saturday night at Deerfoot Inn & Casino.

Kandi ‘Krush’ Wyatt of Calgary dropped her Hungarian opponent at 1:44 of the second round and was awarded the technical knockout during their bout on the professional card of Saturday’s boxing event. Bedo came in with 60 fights under her belt, but ‘Krush’, formerly ‘Country’, walked right through her veteran foe.

“Kandi will have ample opportunities coming up to be on the world stage and looking at championship boxing very soon,” said Dekada promoter Michael Short. “But she’s also becoming a crowd favourite locally and now moves to a stellar 7-0.”

Also on the pro card along with Devin Reti’s TKO win over Edmonton’s Flavio Michel, Calgary’s Gwyn Lewis, now 4-1, lost an unanimous decision 59-56 to Gerson Escobar after a six-round bout.

“He put his unbeaten 4-0 record against a very dangerous opponent from Mexico City and came up short,” Short said. “Lewis was game but not in the right mindset heading in, while Escobar receives a well-deserved decision and moves to 6-5-3.”

On the amateur card Saturday, Dennis Babich of Edmonton’s South Side Legion Boxing defeated George Chen of Calgary’s Impact Boxing. Babich’s effort earned him the best boxer award among amateurs on the night and a new set of Grant sparring gloves.

The other amateur bout saw Jordan McNaughton, of Calgary’s Legacy Boxing, get the win over Tanner Sarchuk, of Edmonton’s Marshall Boxing. McNaughton announced he will make his pro debut on the next Dekada night, Jan. 19.

Also, Tammara Francis, of Calgary’s Amplified Fitness, beat Letisha Gail, of Grande Prairie’s Warrior Strong International.

And Gurvir Sohi, of Calgary’s Impact Boxing, earned the victory over Shan Patino, of Grande Prairie’s Warrior Strong International.

— Todd Saelhof

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