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