Kelowna B.C will be host to one of the biggest events to hit amateur boxing in decades. The WBC Canada inaugural Western Canadian Amateur Championships were just awarded this New Year to Madkatz Boxing Club of Kelowna, BC. Club owner and Coach Geoff Lawrence explained his thoughts on receiving the honour of hosting an inaugural tournament of this stature. “I really think the decision was made based on the fans in Kelowna. Madkatz has hosted 5 shows in the last year and a half, and the fans of Kelowna have responded with capacity crowds that are both knowledgeable and appreciative fight fans." In short, Madkatz signature boxing series N.O.A. (Night Of Action) is packing the house thanks to two things, the fans of Kelowna and some top level match making. Come May 31, 2014 the matching won't be necessary, as the card will feature up to five champion’s bouts. Champions from both Saskatchewan and B.C. and anticipated entrants from Alberta will compete for the first ever WBC Canada Western Canadian Titles. These Champions will face the Eastern Champions in a scheduled card in the fall of 2014 in Ontario. The Ontario card will be the second annual Canadian title. President of Combsport Dave Allison explains, “Amateur boxing in Canada has had two strong governing bodies for some time. In the east is the OBA and here in B.C. we have the British Columbia Combative Sport Assoc." Soon after the two assoc. joined with the WBC Canada amateur movement a format was established and the first ever amateur title was fought under the newly formed WBC Canada amateur banner. Allison further explains “By this time next year we will have a national association with British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta and soon to come New Brunswick and we may have had a world WBC Amateur title fight happening in Canada."The May 31 card will also include approximately 6 bouts with local fighters. Lawrence and his co promoter Elyna Surrao are both excited to be promoting another event. “Since we have been involved with Combsport and promoting these events, amateur boxing in BC has begun to flourish.” states Surrao. “I am extremely proud to be part of this event and honoured to be part of bringing amateur boxing back to its glory days.” smiled the boxing promoter.
The purpose of the (COMBSPORT) British Columbia Combative Sports Association will be to provide a structure to facilitate amateur participation in the sport of boxing using the Marquis of Queensbury Rules and the 20-point must scoring system. And the amateur participation in the sport known as Mixed Martial Arts.
The British Columbia Combative Sports Association will recognize the distinct difference between Olympic Style Boxing and Old Style Amateur Boxing. Old Style boxing will be defined as Boxing Voting Voting Members
4.1 Chartered Clubs will have 1 vote.
4.2 Affiliate members will have 1 vote per membership.
4.3 All members in good standing will have 1 vote.
OLD STYLE AMATEUR BOXING Juniors will use headgear. Headgear may be used by entry-level seniors if both sides agree. Article 6 Rounds
6.1 Entry Level and Mid Level bouts will be four two-minute rounds for all competitors at mid and entry levels. A Main event may be five two-minute rounds.
6.2 A special bout with three-minute rounds can be requested and approved if the boxers are qualified and both coaches request this.
6.3 Elite Level competitors may compete in bouts that are four three-minute rounds and may compete in a bout that has six two-minute rounds.
6.4 A special entry-level bout may be three two-minute rounds if requested and agreed on by all parties.
6.5 A BC Title fight can be 5-2 minute rounds or 6-2minute rounds.
Ward vs Gatti
Now Joseph vs MacDonald, these two fighters were made to compete against each other. The styles could not be more different, Joseph the slick dancing counter puncher and MacDonald a classic styled relentless pursuer. The styles opposite as they are the hearts of the Boxers are identical. They are fight to the finish win or die trying competitors, in this way Danial and Shawn are brothers. On June 9th they will contest the third and final time the 154lb Junior Middle Weight Tittle of British Columbia. Each man has bested the other, each man has left the ring with the belt. Now its time to see who keeps it. The one sure winner in this contest is the fan. Heres to the Trilogy.
Cotto vs Margarito II - Sat Dec 3rd
Madison Square Garden, New York
on the big screens at 6pm at...
Bar One Urban Lounge
Saturday Nov. 12th
Pacquiao vs. Marquez
BAR ONE at the SANDMAN HOTEL
These are GREAT fights.
The fight of the year is quite likely on this card.