Fresh Prince

Tri-Town fighter likes fight­ing in front of home­town fans

Cape Breton Post - - Sports - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST

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.

CAPE BRE­TON POST

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.

Mac­Don­ald

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