After three hard-fought bouts in four days, Brayden Sims is the 2019 Canada Winter Games gold medalist in the 60kg division.
Sims fought Justice Harborne of Manitoba. Harborne came out throwing hard in the first, winning the round on the scorecards of all five judges.
In the second round, things changed in a hurry.
Sims appeared to have more energy than Harborne in the second and third rounds. Three judges gave him the second round, with all five judges scoring the third round in favour of Sims, to give the Fort St. John fighter the win by a score of 3:2.
“Today was a real emotional day. It took a lot of mental preparing for this fight especially," Sims said in a news release.
"I’ve been visualizing that gold medal forever now. I am so glad I won. It was a close fight ... I'm just astounded right now. I can't even speak.”
Sims was the second athlete from Fort St. John to medal on Wednesday. Speed skater Josh Telizyn won a bronze medal in in the 1000m race.
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