The sport of boxing is thought of as an individual sport, a battle of one person against another. But sometimes, the fighter is competing against a lot more than just the other person in the ring, and fighting for more than just a championship.
On April 12, Fivestar Boxing Academy and other boxers from Fort St. John and the Peace Region will be fighting for Alaya McCormick, a 15-year old boxer who had to put the sport on hold when she was diagnosed with Lymphoma. Fivestar Boxing Academy’s Fight Night 23: Fight for Alaya is a charity boxing card aimed at putting on a great show and raising money for McCormick’s fight. The fight will take place at the Pomeroy Hotel and Casino, with preliminary fights starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by the main card at 7:30 p.m. A portion of the money raised from the event will go towards Alaya’s fight against cancer.
Fight for Alaya is the first event Fivestar Boxing Academy has put on since the 2018 B.C. Golden Gloves last April, and the academy’s owner and head coach Justin Donally felt now was the right time to host another one.
“We’ve wanted to do this for Alaya and her family for a while, and while it took longer than we hoped, we’re on track now to put on a great show April 12,” Donally said.
McCormick has trained with Donally for almost four years, and Donally was getting her prepared to go fight at provincials when she was diagnosed. Donally said McCormick is doing well, and he’s been working with her and her family closely to put on this event.
“We’re excited to be able to give (the McCormick’s) a hand and get them back on track, get this thing beat, and we’ll look to get Alaya going again in the ring next year,” said Donally.
As for the card itself, the fights will be more putting guys against each other who wouldn’t normally fight to create a fun spectacle, but there will still be high end competing. Headlining the show will be former two-time Canadian middleweight MMA champion Brad Stewart taking on Raphael Bergmann of Grande Prairie, himself a former Canadian MMA champion and owner of Champion Gym.
The card will also be a chance for some of Donally’s fighters, including Brayden Sims and Lincoln Pomeroy, to get some in-ring action before they head to the 2019 Super Channel Championships, the national Canadian boxing tournament, April 23 to 27.
To help out, or to inquire about tickets, contact Donally at 250-793-0988.
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