Tony “The Tyger” Hanshaw’s latest ring comeback hit at least a temporary snag. He had to settle for a draw with hometown favorite Derek Edwards in a WBC American super middleweight title fight at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. last weekend.
The 34-year-old Hanshaw, a 1996 Mansfield Senior graduate fighting out of Kernersville, N.C., won over 300 fights in his stellar amateur career. Now 23-2-2 as a pro, Hanshaw was looking for his third straight win after ending a four-year hiatus.
The first two wins in this comeback came at light heavyweight against more inferior opponents than the 26-2-2 Edwards of Winston-Salem.
Judge Pedro Claudio scored it 95-94 Hanshaw. Judge Valerie Dorsett had it 96-94 Edwards and judge Tim Gosch scored it 95-95.
Hanshaw, a former National Golden Gloves, Police Athletic League and United States champion, was on what his manager, Chris Cosper, called a one-year plan to become a world champ.