Oh, how quickly things can change in a year.
Last April, both Brayden Sims and Lincoln Pomeroy were attending their first-ever Canadian national boxing tournament, the Super-Channel Championships. Pomeroy won the silver medal, while Sims had a week to forget.
Since then, Sims has won 12 straight fights, on way to back-to-back Golden Gloves titles and a Canada Winter Games gold medal. Pomeroy took that experience and has been running with it, fighting nothing but seasoned, older boxers this year and is ready to go against those his own age this year.
The 2019 Super-Channel Championships are in Victoria at Bear Mountain Resort. The tournament begins today and runs until Saturday, April 27.
“I have a lot more confidence than I did last year because of all that’s happened since, and I know what to expect,” Sims said.
Sims isn't exaggerating. His first fight, against Kyle Oliver on Friday, April 26, is a rematch of their Alberta Golden Gloves final that Sims won. If he moves on, Justice Harborne, who Sims beat in the gold medal match at the Canada Winter Games, could be there waiting for him.
“He has to fight all the same guys he's been fighting and beating already. So, line them up,” coach Justin Donally said.
Pomeroy’s first fight isn’t scheduled yet, but he’s ready for whoever steps in the ring with him.
“Last year was my first year fighting. I have a lot more confidence now and will try my best,” said Pomeroy.
Donally, as always, is confident in his fighters.
“They’re looking good, and are as prepared as can be. They’re two of the favourites on Team B.C. to go out there and bring back gold medals,” said Donally.
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