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Red Tribe Box­ing Club holds first-ever fight night in Eska­soni

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY JEREMY FRASER

Red Tribe Box­ing Club holds first-ever fight night in Eska­soni.

Bar­rie Bernard says it’s al­ways been his father’s dream to have a box­ing club in Eska­soni, and that dream has be­come a re­al­ity.

Bernard’s father, Barry, was a boxer in his younger years and al­ways had a vi­sion of hav­ing a box­ing club in the com­mu­nity. The dream came true in June when he and his son started the Red Tribe Box­ing Club in Eska­soni.

“My father’s dream was to have a club in Eska­soni,” said Bar­rie Bernard, who runs the club with his father. “He couldn’t find a place to have it, and chief and coun­cil stepped up and they gave us a place — chief and coun­cil re­ally stepped up to the plate, and dad and I took on the project from there.”

Bernard is happy to see young fight­ers in­ter­ested in box­ing, es­pe­cially from his home com­mu­nity of Eska­soni.

“It’s great to see these young fight­ers be­cause they de­velop a lot of life skills be­cause they de­velop skills in terms like re­spect for each other and re­spect for them­selves and even re­spect for adults and coaches,” he said.

“The gen­er­a­tion now is lack­ing with re­spect and not only do they de­velop re­spect, they also de­velop more in­de­pen­dence be­cause they’re the ones that come to the gym. I find box­ing a re­ally great in­di­vid­ual sport, so they ma­ture in that man­ner, and they also get the ben­e­fits of be­ing phys­i­cally fit.”

The club cur­rently has 16 mem­bers rang­ing from 12 to 35 years old, and have nu­mer­ous train­ers. The club re­ceived fund­ing from the Eska­soni chief and coun­cil to buy equip­ment, in­clud­ing gloves and a ring.

Bernard said when the club first opened there was a lot in­ter­est.

“I al­ways find it comes in waves of in­ter­est — we will have our fight night and come Mon­day morn­ing we are go­ing to have about 15 new peo­ple at the club,” laughed Bernard. “Once they find out how much work it takes and how much car­dio is in­volved, they kind of say it’s not for them and back off.”

The Red Tribe Box­ing Club held its first-ever Sat­ur­day Fight Night at the Eska­soni Ele­men­tary/Mid­dle School in Eska­soni on Sat­ur­day.

More than 200 peo­ple at­tended the 13-bout fight night card, with fight­ers from across

At­lantic Canada in­clud­ing Cape Bre­ton, Saint John, N.B., Yar­mouth, and New­found­land and Labrador com­pet­ing.

An­ton Cremo of Eska­soni rep­re­sented Red Tribe Box­ing Club at the event. He said hav­ing a box­ing club in the com­mu­nity is im­por­tant to him.

“I never re­ally took any in­ter­est in other sports — I tried them, but I hated them,” he said. “I went to box­ing, I got hit, but it was the most fun I ever had in a sport.”

Cremo was look­ing for­ward to fight­ing in front of fam­ily and friends on Sat­ur­day.

“I love to box and to be able to do it in front of my fam­ily and friends means a lot,” said Cremo. “Hope­fully fight night will draw more in­ter­est in box­ing in the com­mu­nity.”

Bernard said the feed­back on the club from the com­mu­nity has been pos­i­tive.

“Ev­ery­body was ex­cited to see the fights,” he said.

“We never be­fore had a box­ing event like this or any com­bat sport in Eska­soni, and it’s great to see how much the com­mu­nity has sup­port us over the course of the three months we’ve been plan­ning the fight night.” said Bernard.

The fight card was orig­i­nally sched­uled for 14 bouts, but was re­duced to 13 fights af­ter a boxer dropped out of the event.

Red Tribe Box­ing Club is al­ready plan­ning to hold an­other fight card.

“Right now we are look­ing at go­ing a bit big­ger in terms of Septem­ber,” said Bernard. “Right now, my father and I are look­ing at each other and say­ing ‘I think we did a pretty good job at set­ting this up, so we’re look­ing at go­ing a bit big­ger.’”

Ad­mis­sion for Sat­ur­day’s event went di­rectly to the club to pur­chase new equip­ment.

Bernard said the club is al­ways look­ing for new mem­bers.

Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing Red Tribe Box­ing Club is asked to con­tact Bernard at 902-5743557, or email bar­riepaul@live. com.

JEREMY FRASER/CAPE BRE­TON POST

From left, Hunter Bernard, Bar­rie Bernard, Barry Bernard and Keenan Bernard. The Bernards were the driv­ing GPSDF JO FTUBCMJTIJOH UIF 3FE 5SJCF #PYJOH $MVC JO &TLBTPOJ 5IF DMVC PQFOFE JO +VOF BOE IFME JUT öSTU öHIU OJHIU on Sat­ur­day.

JEREMY FRASER/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Cruz Syl­li­boy, left, of Red Tribe Box­ing Club is shown fight­ing Bray­don Collins of North Syd­ney dur­ing the Red Tribe Box­ing Club’s first-ever Sat­ur­day Fight Night at the Eska­soni Ele­men­tary/Mid­dle School in Eska­soni on Sat­ur­day. Collins won the fight by de­ci­sion.

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