Tan retains NABC crown
By STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun
The sun certainly is shining on Rico Tan's boxing career.
On Friday night at Detroit's venerable Cobo Hall, Tan knocked
out veteran Jimmie Jo Zeikle with a vicious overhand right at 2:48 of
the first round, running his pro record to 10-0-2. Nine of those wins
have come via knockout.
With the victory, the Mississauga boxer defended
his North American Boxing Council welterweight title and is hoping to
next meet Lightning Lonnie Smith, a former WBC champ, in February.
The loss dropped Zeikle's record to 35-6-1. The Kansas City
southpaw absorbed three brutal left hooks thrown by Tan early in the
fight and responded with a sharp combination. But it was after he let
go a left hook that Tan hammered him with the counter, an overhand
"The guy was out for at least a minute," John Melich, Tan's
trainer, said. "They could have counted to over a hundred. He wasn't
Tan, 24, is considered a rising star in Canadian pro boxing.