SIX NATIONS – March 17th isn’t coming fast enough for Six Nations professional Super Welterweight boxer, Karl “the Razor” Hess. Hess has been training and working out every day since turning pro earlier this year and signing with United Boxing Promotions as a professional. “The Razor” takes on Mario Bedolla of Mexico at the Hershey
SIX NATIONS – March 17th isn’t coming fast enough for Six Nations professional Super Welterweight boxer, Karl “the Razor” Hess. Hess has been training and working out every day since turning pro earlier this year and signing with United Boxing Promotions as a professional.
“The Razor” takes on Mario Bedolla of Mexico at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga in a preliminary bout before the main event, an IBA Intercontinental Championship fight featuring Josh “Dubs” O’Reilly, who has been fighting for more than a decade, with a staggering 101 amateur fights under his belt. But he is relatively new to the professional scene with an impressive 10-0 record since turning pro and will be defending the IBA Inter-Continental Lightweight champion title.
The Two Row Times will be in Hess’ corner for the fight and are inviting 10 others to join us as we cheer on Razor in his professional debut.
Karl Hess was given the name “the Razor” by his grandfather when he was very young and the moniker stuck.
“I think I was about five,” he fondly recalls, “and I remember running up to his car at my parents’ house and hearing him say, ‘hey, there’s the Razor.’”
In fact, Hess recalls his younger years with that same fondness.
“I’ve always been active doing something,” says Hess of his early days. “I was always skateboarding or bike riding or something outdoors. In school was always athletic.”
Hess grew up in Brantford when there was not many lacrosse programs at the time, not like on Rez where most young people are almost expected to play lacrosse.
Although he does not recall being bullied at school outside of the usual teasing and such, he has noticed a difference even in the few years since he was a teen.
“I think it might be a bit more mean spirited these days with the internet and social media and that,” he says. “People can hide behind their computer screens and think they can say anything they want.”
Hess, an Onondaga of the Bear Clan, grew up in Brantford and went to elementary school at Bellview school, and middle-school at Joseph Brant School before high school at Pauline Johnson Collegiate.
Hess says he really didn’t realize until very recently, how much of a role model he is becoming to Six Nations kids, and he takes that seriously.
“A lot of kids are lost and need someone to look up to,” he says in his modest way. “Some of them might want to do the same thing I am doing.”
He admits that when he takes the ring, even as an amateur, he has felt the pride of his Onondaga roots, and the loving memory of his grandfather.
“Using that name he gave me, is definitely an element and I hope to do good with it.
March 3rd, Hess will be at Pro-Fit Health Club 3771, 4th Line, at Six Nations for a meet and greet with his Six Nations and area fans beginning at 1 pm. He will be doing a light workout and signing autographs. His Black-Eye Boxing Team of coaches will also be on hand, and there will also be a raffle for a pair of tickets to the March 17th fight.
He says he got his work ethic from his father, Kevin Hess and mother Mindy.
“He is a hard worker as far back as I can remember, and so is my mom,” says Hess.
In the whirlwind of preparation and promotion for his upcoming fight is being taken in stride but he still focuses of improving some aspect of his game at the same time.
“Right now I am feeling confident, but I’m sure I will be getting more nervous as the date approaches.”
According to Armour, tickets are going very fast with most of the floor seating already sold out and the stands seats are filling up quickly as well. Call Jackie Armour at 519-732-7267 for tickets.