A pair of Fivestar boxers returned home from the 2017 BC Golden Gloves Championships in Mission last weekend with more hardware to add to their trophy cases.
Nick Young was crowned the 2017 Youth Welterweight Golden Gloves champion by unanimous decision, while Ashley Rouble won the prestigious Golden Girl Award for best female B.C. boxer.
“It’s like a dream come true, going down and being able to compete in such a big competition and win a Golden Gloves title,” said Young, who turns 17 this month.
Rouble fought twice at the tournament, and ended up meeting Maddy Swanson, daughter of Canadian boxing legend Benny “The Jet” Swanson, in the ladies’ light welterweight division in the finals. Though Rouble previously beat at the Alberta Provincials, she lost in a split decision.
Still, Rouble was awarded the Golden Girl Award for best female B.C. boxer and shared the Best Female Fight award with Swanson.
“I’m happy to share both awards with such a down to each and helpful opponent,” Rouble said.
“I couldn’t be where I’m at without someone like Maddy to challenge me to my best. It’s great to have someone who’s a fierce opponent in the ring, and feels like a teammate afterwards.”
Meanwhile, Young moved up a weight class in a second fight at the tournament to give provincial middleweight champ and 2016’s Canadian national silver medallist Connor Hollingshead an exhibition match as Hollingshead didn’t have anyone to compete with in his weight class.
Head Coach Justin Donally says Young put up “one of the best fights of the night” in dead-even, back-and-forth battle with Hollingshead.
“A great test for Nick going up and facing a 30-plus fight veteran in his fifth fight,” he said.
Donally has been pushing both Rouble and Young to the top of their game, prepping Young for 10 fights by the fall to qualify for provincials and Golden Gloves next year, and prepping Rouble for the Canadian National Boxing Championships in April.
“Both Nick and Ashley performed extremely well, all their hard work and dedication is really paying off,” Donally said.
Rouble will likely step into the ring against Swanson again at the Alberta Golden Gloves on March 18 and 19, or at Nationals, which begin in Quebec City.
MARTIAL ARTS THIS WEEKEND
Meanwhile, Fivestar Mixed Martial Arts will host the 3rd annual North Peace Martial Arts Championships Saturday, March 11. The tournament features kids, adults, and ladies-only Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & All Style Continuous Kickboxing Sparring.
Visit www.fivestar-mma.com for more information.