Landon Beasley qualifies for boxing nationals; Brayden Sims, Nick Young remain in contention.

The Fivestar Boxing Academy took four fighters to the 2020 Boxing B.C. Championships in Richmond last weekend, with three of them eligible to book their spot for the 2020 Super Chanel Championships, the national amateur boxing tournament.

Landon Beasley entered provincials as a novice lightweight, having just seven fights under his belt (normally a fighter needs to have fought 10 times before he can be “opened up” and eligible for a provincial title.

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Coach Justin Donally liked what he was seeing and decided to open up Beasley, giving him a fight for the championship. Beasley lost in a split decision, but turned heads nonetheless and was given the second spot at Junior C lightweight for the B.C. team at nationals.

“I thought (Beasley) fought really good. It was a close fight, I’m happy that the top coaches in the province had the chance to evaluate him and see what he had. This is his first year as a junior, he’s got four years to go as a junior and he’ll only get better with more experience,” said Donally.

Nick Young and Brayden Sims both fought as well at the elite level, in the 165lbs and 141lbs weight classes, respectively. Unfortunately, both fighters lost in their respective semi-finals, but remain in contention for a spot on the provincial team at nationals.

Sims gave it his all and fought a very impressive fought, but lost in a split decision, one that Donally strongly disagreed with and said most people in the room did as well.

“It happens in close fights every once and a while, but it was disappointing. (Sims) was great, and I believe he can still show that he’s the number one guy,” Donally said.

Sims has been invited to the Team B.C. training camp, will go through physical testing and sparring, and will be re-evaluated at a later date. He was also given Boxing B.C.'s 2019 Best Youth Boxier award on the weekend.

Young lost in the semi-final to Jonathan Hannah, who would then go on to win the provincial championship. Young and Hannah fought once before, winning one match each. This time, Hannah got the best of him.

“Hannah is having a hell of a year, and (Young) didn’t have his best performance,” said Donally.

“(Young) is right there though, and still has a chance to make nationals.”

Lane Harris fought as a novice, just his second time competing in a sanctioned bout. He was on the losing end, but gained some valuable in-ring experience.

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca.
 

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