If their unofficial photo op was any indication of the upcoming, highly-anticipated charity boxing match between Dan Davies and Trevor Bolin, fight fans can be sure of one thing: a lot of laughs.
The two city councillors, separated by six inches in height and 50 pounds, looked about as tough as two panda bears fresh off a long nap—and that’s exactly the way they want it.
“To keep it fair, we both figured, let’s just do nothing,” Bolin explained about the most intriguing boxing strategy since the rope-a-dope.
“Let’s just go about our days and really make no changes to our daily lives, so what we bring you is real and raw.”
The happy-go-lucky duo of Davies and Bolin are just one small part of the first ever North Peace Charity Boxing event on Oct. 7 at the Pomeroy Hotel, a night that will bring boxing and MMA kids and stars from across the province with one goal in mind.
“That’s the biggest thing. We probably wouldn’t have done this. It’s about the kids. It’s about getting our young people in sport. Especially ones that may not be able to,” Davies said.
The event will feature 13 boxing matches, the special event between the two councillors (guest refereed by Mayor Lori Ackerman), several grappling demonstrations, and even a few youth martial arts demos. UFC stars Mitch Clarke and Sheldon Westcott will also be on hand for the event.
Justin Donally, CEO of Fivestar Mixed Martial Arts, said the quick response from the community to support the event has been a welcome surprise.
“Everybody has been training hard and a lot of people showing up to support the event,” Donally said. “Looks like another sellout. Speaks highly of the community and the support we’re getting. It’s been great… It (also) means a ton for me personally. This is an event I’ve been passionate about for a while. Finding a way to give these memberships… It’s so hard to do all the time… we have a lot of people this last year and a half that are hurting.”
Fivestar coach and Fort St. John MMA fighter Brad Stewart will be the main event on Friday evening, squaring off against Jared McComb. Stewart added he’ll be ready to go come fight night after some time off from the game but also understands the value that the event holds for the kids he coaches at Fivestar.
“We’re helping out the kids programs here, so it’s definitely something I want to be a part of,” Stewart said. “You don’t want the kids to quit now. They’re just getting good and that’s why they’re getting good because they keep coming all the time and if they have to quit, they lose a lot of the progress they’ve made.”
Donally hopes the event can raise up to $25,000 for potential sponsorships for kids programs at the gym. With so many of the regular fight crew volunteering their time for the event, it’s looking more and more possible for that to become a reality.
“I’m excited and proud to be part of the community and see the community give back like this,” he said.
“Everybody… is volunteering and we have our whole regular fight crew and it’s all for charity,” Donally added, before he noted what surprised him about the volunteers for the event.
“Just how quickly everybody said, ‘We can’t charge you anything. We’ll just come out and do our job like we always do.’ It all adds up and just gives us more to give back.”
Tickets are still on sale for the Oct. 7 North Peace Charity Boxing event and you can find out more at Fivestar Mixed Martial Arts on Facebook.
Brad Stewart vs Jared McComb
Dylan Lielke vs Corey Mackie
Gary Peck vs Phil Dufresne
Jon Zaleski vs Raphael Bergmann
Travis Lussier vs Joe Westbrook
Matt Kertesz vs Dan Westbrook
Murray McDonald vs Dakota Huard
Sion Lunn vs Brayden Kersey
Nick Young vs Kevin Winkler
Ashley Rouble vs Claudy Leblanc
Amanda Rogers vs Rachel Scharmann
Josh Morgan vs Carter Johnson
Robin Combs vs Stefanie Murray
Special Councillor vs Councillor Match
Trevor Bolin vs Dan Davies
(with special guest referee Mayor Lori Ackerman)
Alex Martinez vs Noah Goertz
Lee Coogan vs Tate Rawling
KIDS MARTIAL ARTS DEMOS
Cruz Gordon vs Jackson Hedland
Elvis Walter vs Hayzen Basisky
Mason Williams vs Evan Bordalau