The time to fight for Alaya McCormick is fast approaching. After months oof preparation, Fivestar Fight Night 23: Fight for Alaya goes this Friday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pomeroy Hotel and Casino.
The event will feature 15 fights, featuring 13 local fighters from the Fivestar Boxing Academy, as well as kids from Grande Prairie, Edmonton, and elsewhere. Money raised from the event will go towards McCormick and her family to help in her fight against cancer.
McCormick will be on hand to present the trophies to the competitors.
“We’re ready to go, and really excited. It will be a great card featuring everything from kids up to older veterans, and I expect we’ll be fully sold out,” said Fivestar Owner Justin Donally.
The main event of the evening will feature Nick Young, in the ring for the second straight weekend after fighting an exhibition in Quesnel on April 6.
“I hadn’t fought in a while before Quesnel, so was rusty to start, but turned it on in the second. I’m fresh, reday to go, and can’t wait to put on a show,” Young said.
The entire Fivestar Boxing community is looking forward to contributing to this cause, and fighting at home for the first time since the 2018 B.C. Golden Gloves a year ago.
“This will be awesome and I’m super excited to headline, though that adds some nerves to it. It’s a great way to help Alaya, the community is getting behind it, and it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Young said.
Fivestar’s other top fighters, Lincoln Pomeroy and Canada Winter Games champion Brayden Sims, will be in action as well. Sims is fighting Cole Brander of Alberta, the Canada Winter Games silver medalist at 56kg, in an exhibition. Sims won gold at 60kg. Former Canadian MMA champ will box Raph Bergmann of Grande Prairie.
Nick Dragojevich, Lane Harris, Thomas Pope, Kaden Parent, Andrea Wall and Landon Beasley are some of the other local fighters who will be competing on Friday night.
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