For Fivestar Boxing Academy fighters Lincoln Pomeroy and Brayden Sims, winning a Golden Gloves title is a big accomplishment no matter the circumstances. But their wins at last weekend’s Alberta Golden Gloves in Calgary were extra impressive considering who they beat, and how.
Brayden Sims won his third Golden Gloves title by defeating the defending national champion at 64kg, Kyle Oliver. Oliver was fighting down a weight class, and Sims was ready for a tough fight.
“I was a bit nervous to go against a national champ, but then all my nerves went away in the ring. I won all three rounds decisively and came out without a mark on me,” Sims said.
Sims said he fought so well because of his cardio, and had a lot of energy for all three rounds.
“Sims’ fight couldn’t have went any better. I’m super proud of him,” said Justin Donally, Sims’ coach. "To beat a former national champ right before Canada Winter Games is a pretty big deal."
Sims is headed to the 2019 Canada Winter Games, which start Feb. 15, and is at the top of his game. There’s a chance he’ll have to fight Oliver there as well.
Pomeroy faced a similar challenge in Calgary. While he didn’t fight a national champion, he stepped up to fight an elite superheavyweight who fought at nationals last year, as there were no youth heavyweights.
His opponent was three years older than him and, at 6’4 and 240lbs, had reach and weight over Pomeroy to go with the edge in experience.
After two rounds, Pomeroy was down slightly on the scorecard, according to Donally. But in the third, Pomeroy was able to bait his opponent into throwing a right cross, which Pomeroy slipped and countered with a cross of his own that knocked the fighter down.
The ref stopped the fight a minute later, giving Pomeroy his second career stoppage.
“I went in confident because what else are you going to do?” said Pomeroy. “That’s my first time rocking someone like that and it was a great feeling.”
Donally felt the same way.
“(Pomeroy) looked like a professional out there. The way he baited the guy and then buckled him. I even jumped out of my seat. You don’t see guys hit the ground like that as much as you’d expect,” Donally said.
Pomeroy hopes to get one more fight in over the next two months before both he and Sims fight at the 2019 Canadian Nationals in April.
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