The Night of Fights main card was a boxing battle that pitted defending champion Adam Querido’s youth and conditioning against Chris Van Luven’s experience and will at the Vancouver Italian Cultural Centre.
Querido defeated Van Luven by decision after five rounds in a generally one-sided match that had several nail-biting moments.
“That was clash of the titans right there,” Querido said after the match.
Van Luven’s strategy
The fight, which put the B.C. Combative Sports Association — also known as Combsport — heavyweight championship title on the line, was held Thursday evening.
Van Luven, fighting at 280 lbs, 6-5 tall and 36 years old, said he planned to use his weight advantage and his stockier build to get an edge on Querido.
“He’s probably going to jab, I’m going to come in underneath it,” Van Luven said.
A self-described infighter, he said the key to his victory would lie in outlasting the taller, lighter Querido, getting him on the ropes and letting loose a barrage of punches.
With 20 years of experience fighting in various martial arts — namely kick-boxing and boxing — he believed he’d be a more relaxed fighter, giving him an edge in stamina.
“I’m going to try and tire him out,” said Van Luven. “First couple of rounds he’s probably going to throw a lot of punches.”
Querido, fighting at 244 lbs, 6-5 tall, and 29 years old, had a different approach.
In a pre-fight interview, he said working a steady jab and dancing on the outside of Van Luven’s reach would enable him to slowly pick apart the stockier, heavier opponent.
“[I’m] working on my speed, you know, I think that’s something in my advantage here,” Querido said.
During the fight, Querido established himself as the leader within the first three rounds.
Breaking down the fight
Staying true to his strategy, he managed to stay out of Van Luven’s range for the most part, throwing jab-cross-hook combinations and dancing away.
Several times he managed to crowd Van Luven into a corner and unleash several shots.
However, Van Luven took many shots to the head without skipping a beat — for most of the match he kept moving forward regardless of the damage he took.
“Why wouldn’t this guy go down?” Querido said in a post-fight interview when queried about Van Luven’s resilience.
“I know that it sounds a little strange — a man of my figure, but I’m actually in pretty good shape,” Van Luven said when asked how he weathered several direct shots to the face.
During rounds three to five, several tense moments emerged where he and Querido traded blows almost simultaneously.
Van Luven also managed to corner Querido onto the ropes and fire a volley of punches, clearly shaking the defending champion.
However, once the fifth round had passed, it was clear Van Luven hadn’t done enough to even the score.
Earlier in the night, Langara general studies student Jerik Brown also fought fought Remy Lavoie in the 154-pound division.
It was not a title fight.
During the match, Lavoie’s ability to move around Brown proved to be a dominating factor.
The taller and faster Lavoie maintained a distance and kept jabbing.
While Brown was able to initiate some exciting combinations later in the match, Lavoie’s tactics won him a decision.
Reported by Steven Chua
Both featured fights in their entirety with commentary from reporter Steven Chua with The Province boxing analyst Lev Jackson.