Charity boxing event coming to Fort St. John in October

Boxing has always held a strong grip on Fivestar Mixed Martial Arts co-founder Justin Donally and on Oct. 7, he’ll finally deliver a knockout to the longtime dream.

Donally announced last Friday via Facebook that the group will bring what might be the first boxing card in well over a decade to the area and will feature a collection of who’s who in the area of Mixed Martial Arts, including Brad Stewart and Dylan Lielke.

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Stewart will box in the main event against Jared McComb, two MMA fighters who were once ranked near the top of the middleweight division in Canada.

Along with several boxing fights, Donally hopes to show off some of the kickboxing fighters that have been developing in the area and potentially some grappling super fights as well.

UFC fighters Mitch Clarke and Sheldon Westcott will also be on hand to special guest referee a few of the fights.

While fighters are lining up to compete at Pomeroy Inn and Suites ballroom for the approximately 600-seat capacity event, the night will also be all about the kids. Donally noted the plan is to donate 100 per cent of the profits, which he hopes will equate anywhere from $25,000 to $30,000 to help kids get involved in sport.

He said the motivation to hold a charity event started when more families than usual weren’t able to keep their kids in programs at the Fivestar Mixed Martial Arts and Crossfit facility because of the economic downturn that has hit the area hard.

He added he’s been brainstorming the idea since at least November of last year and really started pushing to get in going in January. Since then, there’s been a number of people who have offered to help out in anyway they can.

If anyone wishes to get involved with the event, they should contact info.fivestarmma@gmail.com.

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