Fans of the ‘sweet science’ were treated to an exciting night of boxing on Oct. 31 with upwards of 100 spectators on hand at the Rimbey Community Centre for an 11-fight card that featured two local boxers and a third in a sparring match.
“We were very pleased the way the whole event went. We were thrilled with the turnout of local people and the local businesses that supported the fight night,” said organizer committee member John Peacock. “We were also very pleased to see fighters from Edmonton to Calgary and all points in between, plus some fighters from Lethbridge.”
Fighting for positions on the Zone 4 team, which will represent the area at the Alberta Winter Games in Bonnyville this coming Feb., both Jonah Kondro and Daniel Peacock made the squad following split decision victories.
“It was a very interesting fight. The Rimbey coaches really encouraged their athletes to fight their own fight. Jonah set the pace and kept it going. He wanted to fight and came out the winner,” Peacock said of Kondro’s performance, adding his son Daniel also came up big. “That was another excellent fight. Daniel was a bit outweighed, but again, his coaches did an great job of telling him to fight his fight and stay on the offensive, and it worked.”
Unfortunately, local fighters Cory Regnier and Riley Carruthers were knocked out of the event, but only because they were hit with the flu while five-time Canadian women’s champ Kandi Wyatt’s scheduled bout against a Vancouver police officer also fell through.
“Can you imagine Halloween night in Vancouver? They want all their police on duty,” Peacock said with a chuckle.
Also fighting was Bryanna Hollingsworth who easily won a sparring match over her opponent, who was fighting for the first time.