Brandon “The Cannon” Berry admits he knew next to nothing about Theo Desjardin, his junior welterweight adversary Thursday night at the 13th annual Fight to Educate in Manchester, N.H.

But that mattered little to Berry, a West Forks boxer who turned professional in May 2013.

“Yeah, I didn’t know anything about him,” Berry said in an interview after the fight. “Absolutely nothing. But I wasn’t worried at all because I have a good coach and I am confident. (Desjardin) was new to us but I wasn’t worried at all.”

The confidence showed at the Verizon Wireless Center as Berry scored a first-round technical knockout decision over Desjardin, of North Attleboro, Mass.

Berry, 26, improved to 7-0 in his professional career, with four knockouts.

“Feels awesome,” Berry said of the win. “It’s unbelievable to be 7-0. It’s so awesome. It’s such a good feeling.”


Berry said he entered the ring with a simple strategy: Stay on the offensive.

“I got him in the first round,” Berry said. “I hit him with the right hand, right on the chin. It was a perfect punch. He went down and they started the 10 count. I think he got up before (the referee) got to 10 but it was over.”

Thursday marked the third consecutive year Berry fought in the Fight to Educate, a charity event that benefits a variety of New Hampshire nonprofit organizations, including the SEE Science Center in Manchester.

“This is my best showing here yet,” Berry said. “It was a good night.”

The fight Thursday ended a considerably long layoff for Berry, who last fought on June 14 in Portland.

“It’s been a little while but it felt great,” Berry said. “I had about 100 family and friends with me there. It was fun.”


Berry, a light welterweight (140 pounds), won his professional debut on May 12, 2013, when he defeated Berwick native Bill Jones at Skowhegan Area High School after the referee stopped the fight at the 2-minute, 9-second mark of the fourth and final round.

Since then, the central Mainer has continued his ascent in the sport. Berry’s trainer is Skeet Wyman, who is also a lobsterman, with a gym in Stockton Springs.

A little less than a year later, Berry — the 2013 Northern New England Golden Gloves champion — again made headlines when he won a unanimous four-round decision over Skowhegan native Josh Parker before a sold-out crowd of about 1,000 at Carrabec High School. It was the main event of the six-fight card that featured professionals and amateurs.

Berry will return to the ring Oct. 11 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

“I can’t wait,” Berry said. “It should be a good night.”

Bill Stewart — 621-5640

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