The Fivestar Boxing team is rolling down to Richmond this weekend for the 2020 Boxing B.C. Provincial Championships, with three fighters looking to punch their way to nationals, and another hoping to gain some experience and wow the fans.
Brayden Sims and Nick Young will be competing in the adult age group, with Landon Beasley, 15, fighting at Junior C. Lane Harris, 21, isn't an open fighter due to a lack of fights and won't be able to make the provincial team, but he's ready to fight never-the-less.
"I feel good about where everyone's at, adn we have three guys who I believe can get to nationals this year," said Fivestar Coach Justin Donally.
Young, in his second year at the adult, or "elite" level, is moving up to the 165lbs class this year after spending time at the 152lbs class. Young had a tough go at the tough 152lb class a year ago, but is rounding into form in year two. Donally likes how Young has improved this year, and how he looks fighting up a weight class.
Sims, the 2019 Canada Winter Games champion at 132lbs, will be moving up a class as well, fighting at 141lbs. Donally said having both fighters compete up a weight class reduces some of the pressure and stress of needing to cut weight Friday morning after a full day of travelling Thursday, February 13.
"I want to make it easy for them to go out there and do what they can in the ring," said Donally.
For Beasley, this will be his seventh fight. He will compete in the 132lb weight class.
The fights begin Friday night, February 14, and will conclude Sunday morning, February 16.
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