By Marc Livitz: Nate "Galaxxy Warrior" Campbell has provided the boxing world with his fair share of memories over the years, yet many had began to question whether or not at age forty he could continue to fight at a competitive level. The answer was delivered by unbeaten Canadian fighter Kevin Bizier this evening at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The two met for the NABA as well as the vacant IBF Inter-Continental welterweight title. Bizier pressed the action and Campbell eventually retired on his stool and cited back problems at the end of eight rounds.
Bizier was slightly the busier of the two in round one. Nate was constantly looking to loop around the guard of his Montreal foe by way of his right hook. The two combatants fought in close quarters in the second. Campbell was trying to break down the guard of Bizier in the hopes of splitting it in order to land the elusive uppercut. He was forced onto the ropes a bit in round three. Tie up sessions in the center of the ring were followed by heavy shots in spurts. Still, it was the Montreal fighter whose output level may have had him in the lead as the third came to a close.
He continued to take the fight to his older opponent in the fourth. Campbell’s replies were slowing. Kevin Bizier was close to having free reign and caught the fighter from Jacksonville flush with a straight right midway through round five. Jabs had also found their way to the target. Nate still found a way to fight back in the sixth until he found himself the subject of a solid left hook from Bizier. The age difference of nearly thirteen years as well as Campbell making his first attempt in the welterweight division began to tell the tale.
The doubling and tripling of the left hook was what Kevin Bizier offered to open the seventh round. Still, Campbell did what he could to agitate his foe. He stuck out his tongue. He peered into the eyes of the Montreal boxer even though he had been soundly bested to this point. Round eight involved considerably more close in contact. More of the episodes of tying up and then concluding with some flashes of action. Each fighter was visibly gassed. The bell sounded to begin the ninth and Nate Campbell did not rise to continue the action. The Florida fighter complained of back issues. Kevin Bizier outworked the former lightweight world champion to no end and it is anyone’s guess as whether or not fans will see the "Galaxxy Warrior" in the ring again.
Kevin Bizier wins by eighth round TKO and stays unbeaten at (20(14)-0). Campbell suffered his tenth defeat in his first contest as a welterweight and fell to (36(26)-10(3)-1, 1 NC).
Co-Main Event Report
"Laham Tops Asselstine"
Two undefeated lightweights from Canada treated those in attendance at the Bell Centre to a fine co-main event. In a contest of Montreal versus Toronto, Baha Laham outlasted Tyler Asselstine in a fight in which Laham was offered with four days to spare.
From the opening bell, the less than one week notice which Laham was given was certainly noticeable. Tyler Asselstine took the fight to his cross provincial neighbor by way of his overall aggression and constant pressure. He willfully landed quick right jabs from his southpaw stance and followed them up with left hooks to the head and body. Laham seemed a bit out of sorts. The unbeaten Montreal fighter’s lone highlight of the second was a double left hook, as his counterpart from Toronto continued to pile on the punches and complemented this with some steady lateral movement. In the third round, Baha did his best to push forward, yet at times it meant he would walk straight into Tyler’s body shots. Laham was doing his best to negate the five inch height advantage his opponent held. Asselstine was clearly up at the end of the first quarter of the contest.
The fourth saw the gradual tiring of Tyler Asselstine. He was no less aggressive, yet he was leaning in a bit more and dropped his hands at times. Laham’s corner felt the cards were slowly being stacked in their favor. Each fighter was feeling the onset of fatigue in round five. The Toronto boxer threw more punches with his arms as opposed to from his body and his foe from Montreal continued to move forward. The sixth was much of the same. Asselstine’s power shots grew wider and Laham kept looking for the big one to land as he stood squarely in front of his adversary. The seventh was no different. The difference in height and whatever upper hand which had previously existed was gone.
Through seven rounds, Laham had only thrown six jabs which paled in comparison to Asselstine’s staggering two hundred plus. Nevertheless, the fighter whom (on paper) was in the lead was clearly punched out through eight and round nine would be new territory for both fighters in their respective careers. For the first time in the contest, Tyler put on the backpedals just a bit. He still may have won the round because he simply did more. Each side exhaled heavily as they took their time to rest for the tenth and final period. These two gentlemen fought their hearts out this evening. It was a marathon and not a sprint. There were no surprises in the last stanza. The decision was left to the judges. Perhaps it was one of the hometown variety. 95-95, 96-94 and 96-95. A majority decision for Baha Laham as he improved to (11(4)-0-1), while Tyler Asselstine was dealt his first defeat and fell to (12(7)-1).
Steven Harvey SD4 Stephane Tessier – Heavyweight
Steve Rolls UD4 Ahmad Selemani - Super Middleweight
Didier Bence UD6 Joey Dawejko – Heavyweight
February 8, 2013