Tri-Town fighter likes fighting in front of hometown fans
When Josh Prince squares off in the main event of Fight Night Round 4 next weekend, it won’t just be him, his opponent and the referee inside the ropes.
The Tri-Town Boxing Club fighter says the hometown crowd will also be in the ring with him when he represents the North Sydney gym at its annual card May 27 at the Emera Centre Northside.
“There’s no better feeling because you know that the crowd’s there with you — it just gives you that extra boost of energy to go out and perform,” the 17-year-old pugilist from Georges River said Thursday during a break from training at the gym where he’s been learning the sweet science for just over four years.
“A Cape Breton crowd — there’s nothing like it at the fights, especially on the Northside. It’ll be a great night of great fights.”
Prince, a seasoned amateur with more than 25 bouts under his belt, is coming off a bronze medal finish at the Canadian amateur boxing championships in Quebec City. He will face Tamimi Jorche of Halifax’s Citadel Boxing in the headlining bout at 150 pounds.
Tri-Town president and coach Steven MacDonald said Prince will need to use his reach and skill against the shorter, aggressive Jorche.
“He’s going to come out strong but I think Josh has the better boxing skills and I think he can stay back and keep him at a distance,” said MacDonald, who will likely have a very busy night with as many as eight Tri-Town fighters on the card, which is still being finalized.
Matthew MacDonald, no relation, is fighting in the co-main event against Aaron Christiansen of Gardiner Mines.
The two 150-pounders have trained and sparred together, so MacDonald said he knows what to expect.
“He uses his reach a lot — he’s a tall fighter — so I have to use my movement, my footwork, and get inside and throw quick punches. I’ve just got to start quick and close the distance,” said the 16-year-old from Sydney Mines.
For ticket information for Fight Night Round 4, phone 902-371-4700 or 902-577-7063. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the fights are expected to begin at 7 p.m.
Members of the Tri-Town Boxing Club pose for a photo while taking a break from training at the club Thursday. In front, from left, are: Mete Turhan, 16, of Istanbul, Turkey; Matthew MacDonald, 16, of Sydney Mines; Mason MacKeigan, 16, of Sydney Mines; Thomas Foster, 18, of Sydney Mines; and Brayden Collins, 12, of Mill Creek. In back, from left, are: Parket Zablaskai, 14, of Florence; Josh Prince, 17, of Georges River; and Ryan Collier, 17, of Florence. The fighters were preparing for Tri-Town’s annual boxing card, Fight Night Round 4, which is set to take place May 27 the Emera Centre Northside.