It’s been four-and-a-half months since Fivestar Boxing Academy has had an official match, but those expecting to see out-of-shape fights full of ring rust would be wrong.
The team is sending five fighters to Grande Prairie for a fight card this weekend, Oct. 13. Both Nick Young (15-4) and Brayden Sims (12-3) will be in action, eager to start their seasons on a positive note, and are on their way to hopefully winning provincial and national championships. Kaden Parent, 1-1 so far, will be fighting his third fight.
Lincoln Pomeroy will fight an exhibition, and Cruz Gordon will have a fun-box bout.
“It’s the first fight of the season, but these guys train all summer and stayed in good shape. I’m always confident in the boys, they don’t fight unless I think they’re ready,” said coach Justin Donally.
Sims said he’s excited to have something to look forward to and train towards. He said he may be a bit rusty, but will be fully back after the first fight.
Young is fighting his second fight at the elite level. He lost his first fight at that level in May.
“I want to get a win and start the season with some momentum. It would be great to finally get a stoppage, but I at least want to focus on my technique, and move around and not get hit too much,” said Young.
Gordon is excited to get back in the ring after a summer of motocross. Only seven years old, it’s still hard to find an opponent for him, but he looks forward to every chance he gets.
“I think I’ll do good. I’ve been focusing on my footwork, angles, head movement and power,” Gordon said, when asked what new things he’s working on when it comes to boxing.
The coming months will be busy for Fivestar Boxing Academy. If all goes as planned, Donally will take Young and Sims, along with other fighters, to two fight cards in November: one in Quesnel, and the Diamond Belt event in Nanaimo. After that, it’s the B.C. Provincials on Dec. 9, held months earlier this year due to Boxing B.C. hosting the nationals and not wanting to put on both events within weeks of each other as is normally the case.
“I like to get four or five fights for each guy before provincials, but it is what it is. They’ll have three or four still and will be ready to go,” Donally said.
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