NABA Lightweight Champion

Name : Logan Cotton McGuinness Date of birth : 04/09/1987 Birthplace : Ontario Home Town : Orangeville County : Ontario Country : Canada Divison : Super Featherweight Trainer : Chris Johnson

Canada's top boxing prospect, Logan Cotton McGuinness, has suddenly graduated to contender status, thanks in large part to a banner year in which he successfully defended his NABA lightweight title, followed by a drop in weight class to super featherweight, where he captured yet another NABA crown.

McGuinness (16-0-1, 8 KOs), presently rated No. 9 by the World Boxing Association, won all three of his 2011 fights and he was rewarded for his tremendous accomplishments by being named NABA Fight of the Year.

Due to his entertaining style of fighting, along with his handsome, clean-cut look, the 24-year-old Irish-Canadian favorite, fighting out of Orangeville, Ontario, regularly sells-out shows at Hershey Centre in nearby Mississauga.

Logan started boxing at 14 in order to stop being bullied at school. One day he followed his older brother, Chandler, to the Big Tyme Gym in Orangeville and he immediately fell in love with the sweet science.

In the summer of 2008, Logan turned pro and won a four-round decision against Juris Ivanous at University Arena in Limerick, Ireland. McGuinness' early pro career flip-flopped between venues in Ireland, Canada and the United Kingdom. His first significant win came in early 2010, when Logan won an eight-round decision versus Pedro Navarete (24-6-3) in Montreal Casino, improving his record to 10-0 (4 KOs). Navarete had been the WBC CABOFE and FECOMBOX champion and, in 2066, he went the full 10-rounds dropping a decision to future WBA super featherweight champion Jorge Linares.

His impressive victory set the stage for a May 22, 2010 fight against crafty Walter Estrada (35-13), who had already been in tough fights with future world champions Yuriokis Gamboa and Rocky Martinez. The much more experienced Estrada, who later went on to upset world champion Nate Campbell and highly-touted Verquan Kimbrough,

fought to a six-round draw.

McGuinness bounced back from the only blemish on his otherwise perfect pro record at home less than two months later, knocking out Jorge Banos in the opening round, which earned Logan a shot at the vacant NABA lightweight championship. Logan captured his first title belt when former Canadian super bantamweight titlist Buzz Grant (9-3) was unable to answer the bell for the third round.

Up next was a near shutout triumph versus Mexican invader Adrian Verdugo (17-2-1) that closed out 2010. Logan started 2011 with a bang, pounding Dominican Republic champion Hector Julio Avila (47-5) en route to a fourth-round knockout in his first NABA lightweight title defense.

Last June, McGuinness earned a hard-fought win by 10-round decision over another tough Mexican fighter, former Mexican Pacific Coast title-holder Daniel "Canarito" Ruiz (23-3-1).

In his last action this past October in Mississauga, McGuinness relinquished his NABA lightweight title belt to fight former world title challenger Benoit Gaudet (24-2, 10 KOs) for the vacant NABA super featherweight championship.

Gaudet, a bitter Canadian rival from Quebec, was leading on one judges' scorecards in his 2009 WBA super featherweight title fight against champion Humberto Soto, who caught Gaudet and finally finished him off in the ninth round.

McGuinness registered an entertaining come-from-behind win by way of 11th round technical knockout of Gaudet. "That was the biggest fight of my career," McGuinness said. "He had nearly 200 amateur fights and fought in the Olympics, so he had an experience advantage over me as a professional and amateur. Right from the get-go, I pressured him, cut off the ring, and broke him down. The last three rounds he felt my power, even my jab. I hit him with a good jab and the ropes held him up. He isn't known as a puncher and I just walked through his punches."

Clearly the aggressor from the opening bell, McGuinness forced the pace against the counter-punching Gaudet. An accidental head butt in the second round opened a deep cut over McGuinness' left eye, but Logan cut Gaudet over his left eye in the sixth. In the 11th round, McGuinness' relentless pressure paid off in dramatic fashion, unloading a powerful right-left combination that dropped Gaudet, who reached his feet but was unable to continue as the referee halted the match.

Logan, who won his second regional title within 11 months, felt comfortable fighting in a lower weight division and he plans to remain a super featherweight. "I like fighting

as a super featherweight," Logan noted. "I had no trouble making weight and felt even

stronger. I weighed-in at 128, two pounds under. I'm not sure what's next but I'm ready

for anything my promoter, manager and trainer agree to."

Logan Cotton McGuinness is promoted by Hennessy Sports, managed by Stephen den Elzen, trained by Dewith Frasier, Jason Fisher is his strength-and-conditioning coach.

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