Bonnyville’s Tanner Boser has made it known that he is still a force to be reckoned with in Canada’s MMA heavyweight division.
Boser pummeled opponent Jared Henderson on Friday night in Cold Lake winning via technical knockout (TKO) at 3:54 of the first round.
Having lost his last bout on March 27, Boser knew he had to come in and make a statement at the King of the Cage Mach 3 event in the Energy Centre.
“I needed to win and I needed to do it devastatingly because I lost my last fight against a tough guy,” said Boser after improving his record to 7-1.
The only blemish on his professional MMA record came in Edmonton at Unified MMA 22 when he was fighting for the Canadian Heaveyweight title.
His opponent, former UFC fighter Tim Hague, knocked him out just six seconds into the title match.
“I didn’t want to lose two in a row,” said Boser. “I needed to come back and kick this guys (butt) to still be considered a legitimate contender in Canadian heavyweight (division).”
A determined Boser stepped into the cage against Henderson knowing full well that his opponent was going to try and back him against the wall and pound on him. Boser circled with octagon, keeping his feet moving, while throwing a series of hard kicks.
“I picked him a part with leg kicks. I got him against the cage and he was in a perfect position to take down,” said Boser.
Once the 6’2”, 258-pound Boser had Henderson in a vulnerable position he quickly dropped him to the ground, mounted and began viscously hammering on his opponent with punches and elbows.
“Nobody has ever gotten out of my mount. When I mount, I win,” said Boser.
After the referee stepped in and stopped the fight, a loud roar erupted from the large group of Boser’s ringside fans. An amped up Boser jumped up onto the top of the cage and celebrated his statement victory in front of his hometown crowd.
“I usually have pretty big group of friends and acquaintances from the Bonnyville/ Cold Lake area come down to Edmonton to watch me fight, but there is a different sort of aurora fighting in front of your hometown fans.”
The local 23-year-old has spent the last few years training full-time for MMA down at the Hayabusa Training Centre in St. Albert and Frank Lee’s Muay Thai Kickboxing.
At 7-1 he is well on his way to another shot at a Canadian Heaveyweight title fight.