Fitz "The Whip" Vanderpool to fight Stuart McLellan February 2013 for his 6th Boxing Belt
Moncton - On Saturday, November 24, in Moncton, New Brunswick, Stuart McLellan (7-0-3) of Williams Lake, British Columbia, exceeded all expectations, putting on a boxing clinic in his eight round National Boxing Authority (NBA) middleweight championship eliminator against ninth ranked Chris Aucoin (4-10-1) of Brantford, Ontario. The fight was to determine the opponent for former WBF champion Fitz 'The Whip' Vanderpool of Kitchener, Ontario, in March, 2013, in Moncton.
McLellan seemed to have the advantage right from the opening bell, using his jab to set up power shots on his shorter opponent. McLellan really started to take control in round two, after opening up some scar tissue over Aucoin's right eye. With his visibility impaired, Aucoin struggled to block McLellan's left hook for the remainder of the night. With the fight already going well in his favour, McLellan landed a sharp left hook late in the fourth round, dropping Aucoin with less than ten seconds remaining. To his credit, Aucoin - one of the toughest middleweights in the country - bounced back to his feet immediately, showing few ill effects.
From the fifth round on, Aucoin's only hope for victory was a knockout or a successive knockdowns. The punishment administered by McLellan, however, sapped the Ontario pugilist of much of his punching power. The punches Aucoin did land seemed to have little effect, opening him up for McLellan's vicious counter lefts. With his man in trouble, McLellan wisely targeted the body, slamming away to bring Aucoin's hands down before landing clean shots with both hands. Despite suffering a nasty cut and a fourth round knockdown, Aucoin showed the remarkable resilience that's made him a favourite in most towns and cities he's fought in, holding on until the final bell to force a judges' decision. There were no surprises on the scorecards, with all three officials accurately declaring McLellan the winner by unanimous decision by scores of 80-72, 80-71, and 79-73.
With the win Stuart McLellan improved his undefeated record to 8-0-3, earning a shot at the vacant NBA Canadian middleweight title against former WBF and NCC Canadian champ Fitz Vanderpool. After beating Aucoin more thoroughly than almost all of the Ontarian's former opponents, and fighting ten rounds with Bunda in late 2011, McLellan appears to be hitting his stride at just the right moment. If not a favourite to win the title, McLellan's masterful performance in Moncton last night has, at the very least, pulled the British Columbian even with Vanderpool leading up to their March clash.