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Night of boxing action at Oshawa’s Children’s Arena

Oshawa’s “Bad” Thad Ridsill is set for his upcoming match against Mikhail Miller.

Ridsdill, with a record of 2-1-1 with one knockout, says he is growing hungrier for the fight with each passing day.

At the moment he’s training at the Motor City Boxing Club for a much anticipated all-Ontario, super-welterweight showdown with Miller (2-4-1).

They will fight for six rounds or less at the Children’s Arena, 155 Arena Street, on Friday, Nov. 1.

It’s no ordinary fight for the Oshawa prospect. In fact, Ridsdill has spent the better part of a decade waiting for this fight to materialize.

“We faced each other in the amateurs,” says Ridsdill. “We met in the 2013 Ontario Silver Gloves, with me coming out on top. With six years between then and now, I can’t wait to test my skills against Miller again, this time in the pros. I’m built for the pro game. Let’s see how he feels when I crank up the pressure with those small gloves.”

Ridsdill took on Mexico’s Hector Luna at the Children’s Arena last April, knocking him out with a left hook at the end of the second round.

Miller has looked strong in recent outings, staying the distance with Ajax’s Sukhdeep Singh (6-0-0, with two knockouts), and losing a close split decision to Brantford power-puncher Karlton Hess (3-2-0, two knockouts).

Both those fights were crowd pleasers and Miller believes his match against Ridsdill will be no different.

“Miller is a counter puncher. He likes sitting on his back leg,” explained Ridsdill. “I like to think of myself as a pressure fighter. Put these styles together, and you should get a great, fan-friendly fight. We’ll keep the fans on the edge of their seat. But make no mistake, I plan on using his strengths against him in this fight. I’ll be leaving with the win.”

Ridsdill-Miller is part of a six-fight boxing offering.

The headliner is the North American Boxing Association and National Championship of Canada Super Lightweight Champion Steven “The Piranha” Wilcox (21-3-0, five knockouts) in an eight-round fight against Gustavo Torres (9-7-1, four knockouts).

The undercard includes the return of amateur national champion and Oshawa favourite Evan Gillard (3-0-0, one knockout) against Brandon Gallardo (3-1-0, one knockout) in a light-flyweight six rounder.

It will also feature Hamilton featherweight Kylie Angel Fallis (3-0-0, one knockout) against Ana Ruth Castro (1-1-0, one knockout), super lightweights Dylan Rushton and Kyle Marsh (0-3-0) in a provincial rematch, and national super middleweight contender Phil Rose (9-6-1, five knockouts) of Whitby against Kenny Chery (2-3-0, one knockout) for six rounds or less.

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