Boxers set to deliver punches at BC Golden Gloves

Local Fivestar boxers Ashley Rouble and Nick Young lace up their gloves once again this weekend at the 2017 BC Golden Gloves Championships in Mission.

For Rouble, it’s a chance to add another amateur boxing title to her name, while Young looks to build his fight record for the chance to compete for the title next year.

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As of press time, Rouble was set to step in the ring for a second time against Maddy Swanson, daughter of Canadian boxing legend Benny “The Jet” Swanson, in the ladies’ light welterweight division—the only two fighters so far in their class.

Rouble beat Swanson by unanimous decision at the Alberta Provincial Championships in January to bring home gold.

“It’s looking like I’ll be fighting (Swanson) again. There were a few things we had to work on after, just little tweaks to my game to tailor fighting her,” Rouble said.

“Hopefully I can put it into action. She had a wicked right hand, so this time we’re staying away from that.”

Young won’t know who he’ll be fighting until he gets down to the competition and the cards are drawn, but he and Coach Justin Donally hope to get in at least two fights. Young, who turns 17 this month, has a record of 3-0, but needs 10 fights on his record to compete for the Golden Gloves.

Donally hopes to get him there by this fall.

“The goal with Nick is to get him to 10 fights by September/October so he can actually get out for provincials next year and the Golden Gloves,” he said.

“Ashley is lucky because they open girls up quicker because there are not as many girls to compete. After five fights they’ll open up to girls, and counted her kickboxing (record) towards boxing.”

In the meantime, Young says his focus is building up his cardio and conditioning, training up to seven days a week.

“The one thing I’ve always lacked in my fights is good cardio. I always get close to finishing the fight but the conditioning just isn’t there,” he said.

“So I’ve been working a lot on that and I’m just going to stay more composed in the fight, not get wild and throw haymakers. I want to stay tight and technical.

The 2017 BC Golden Gloves Championships take place March 3 and 4 in Mission at the Abbotsford-Mission Boxing Club.

Following that, Rouble and Young will head to Calgary for the Alberta Golden Gloves on March 18 and 19.

The two students say they’ve been keeping up their grades in the midst of a busy training and fight schedule. Last year, Donally rolled out a new policy where youth under 18 and in FIvestar’s competitive kickboxing/boxing program must maintain a C+ average (68 - 72 per cent) to keep training.

“I’m actually doing way better this semester,” said Young.

“I have a tutorial block to help with homework, and I have a really good English teacher who helps me a lot with that.”

Meanwhile, Rouble  says she was able to raise enough money during a fundraiser at Casey’s Pub Feb. 11 to pay her way to the 2017 Canadian National Boxing Championships in Quebec City this April.

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