By Don Smith: Arizona seasonal resident Janks Trotter recently paid a visit to Phoenix and the 28 year old light middleweight boxer,7-1-1 (7), graciously granted an interview before heading back to Calgary, Alberta; his permanent residence.
Trotter bought a home in Buckeye, Arizona a few years ago and he flies in at least two times a year to check on his property and he headquarters there when he fights in Arizona. He last fought on January 13, 2012 in Calgary where he was dropped in the first round by fellow Canadian Adam Trupish. Referee Wes Melton stopped the contest after 72 seconds of action. The first 58 seconds into the bout belonged to Trotter who backed Trupish into the ropes and was roughing him up until the Irish/Canadian stopped, dropped his hands and took a step back. At that moment, Trupish (bleeding) sprang forward and landed a vicious hook to the temple area of Trotter’s head. The punch immobilized Trotter and he tried to reach the ropes for refuge, but his legs wouldn’t cooperate. It was over. Trotter is a very private person and he rarely grants interviews because he doesn’t like to talk about himself. When he does talk,though, he doesn’t mince his words.
Below a brief question and answer with Janks Trotter
Q: You last fought on January 13, 2012 when Adam Trupish caught you with a wicked hook in the first round and after that punch it was lights out and Referee Wes Melton stopped the fight. I saw Melton talking to you after the fight. What did he say to you?
A: I was standing under the stairwell next to the back bar , drinking a soda, when he approached me and asked me if I was okay. I told him I was. He said he wished he didn’t have to stop the contest, but he did the right thing.
Q: Did you mentally blackout after the punch or did you know where you were at. Your legs were wobbly and your balance was poor.
A: It was strange. I knew where I was and I knew I was in trouble, but I had no coordination. I tried to get out of my predicament but my muscle movement was shut down when he delivered that shot to the temple. I blame myself because I dropped my hands and under estimated the length of his reach. You pay for what you don’t do!
Q; How do you overcome such a personal loss. Your friends were there and you lost to someone who trashed you pretty good before the fight and after the fight?
A: Very simple, you get back in the ring and win. I know in my heart of hearts that if we were to fight five times, I would win four. He won the first...do the math.
Q: When is your next fight?
A: Fan Base Promotions has me booked to fight on the To Be Determined 01//25/13 Card in Calgary at the Century Casino.
Q: Sources tell me that you have a hard time finding fights. Explain, Please!
A: My management team thinks other fighters are ducking me, I don’t know. I refuse to turn down anyone even WBA Light Middleweight Champion Austin "No Doubt" Trout and that’s a fact, Jack. You have to meet "Opportunity" head on when it comes your way.
Q: What do you like and dislike about boxing?
A: Easy question! I like the science of the sport and the fans are outrageous. I don’t care for the big egos in the sport and the fun and games that complicate matters.
Q: One last question, are you ready for the Century Casino fight in Calgary,Alberta on 1/25/13?
A: Is the Pope Catholic? Does that answer your question!
The To Be Determined 01/25/13 show at the Century Casino in Calgary was initially supposed to present Jesus "El Martillo"Gonzales, as the headliner but his opponent changed his mind and Fan Base now wants Gonzales to fight in Phoenix after January 2013,...no fixed date. In the meantime, the complexion of the card has changed and below is the latest line up and a brief analysis of the card.
Light Welterweights Steve "The Dragon" Claggett Vs. Eddie Brooks. A good match up between two clever boxers with a deep bag of tricks. Claggett, 15-1-1 needs a win to keep his name in the mix for a possible future fight with the talented Jose Benavidez Jr.... Claggett will be fighting on his home soil (Canada) so,he will have an advantage. Brooks is no slouch and if Claggett doesn’t concentrate , he might be in for a long night. Brooks (9-3) is coming off a long layoff and rust may be a factor. The 27 year old Phoenix, Arizona fighter is reportedly in the best shape of his career and if so, he will try to set a fast pace while Clagget likes to control the tempo and get inside where he does his best work. This bout could be memorable! Scheduled for 8 rounds.
Co-Main Event: Janks Trotter Vs. TBA....
Trotter,fighting out of Calgary, Alberta always brings a 100% to the table and he always throws more punches than his opponents by a ratio of least 3-1. His counterpart must try to bully Trotter if he is to have any chance. Trotter comes at his opposition like a well primed locomotive and his train can only be derailed by someone who knows how to apply the brakes on Trotter (7-1-1 w/7 knockouts). Easier said than done. It is a light middleweight bout scheduled for 6 rounds.
His resume is very impressive. 5 time Canadian Golden Gloves winner and two time Canadian National Champion. Matt Kadian aka Matt Mychajliv is a 240 lb heavyweight who punches like a real heavyweight. Matt stepped away from the sport for 5 years and returned this year and fought twice; winning one and settling for a draw in the other bout. The two decisions push his record to 7 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw. His opponent is yet to be named, but Matt will most definitely be the crowd favorite. His two 2012 bout were held in California, so this will be a homecoming,of sorts, for the popular Canadian. Scheduled for 6 rounds.
They are lifelong enemies and the two men will settle their differences in the ring on January 25, 2013. Ed Jackson Jr. and Taso Tzavaras , at the urging of neighbors, applied for a professional boxing License and began training three months ago for this special bout. Scheduled for 3 rounds, this two man Tango wont be a Waltz.
Tough Super middleweight Dustin Sutley is a former MMA fighter who specializes in throwing mostly bombs in the ring. His fans refer to him as the "The Knockout Machine." His record reads 4-1 with 4 knockouts and he has a big right hand that he doesn’t hide. His fans are notorious for their loud vocal support of their hometown warrior. His opponent will be named next week. Sutley is always fun to watch.
Century Casino is located at 1010 42 Avenue Southeast Calgary, Alberta,Canada. Tickets can be purchased online atwww.fanbasepromotions.com or viaPH. 403-714-3039. For directions, call 403-287-1183. Ticket prices start at $25.00 and ringside seating and tables are avalable. To Be Determined 01/25/13 is produced and promoted by Fan Base Promoted.
December 28, 2012