Boxing club to host provin­cials in Swift Cur­rent

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Swift Current - BY MATTHEW LIEBEN­BERG— mlieben­[email protected]­t.com

Boxing fans in south­west Saskatchew­an can look for­ward to see box­ers from across Saskatchew­an com­pete for pro­vin­cial hon­ours in Swift Cur­rent.

The Coun­ter­punch Boxing Academy in Swift Cur­rent will be host­ing provin­cials on Dec. 8 and 9.

Nick Hab­scheid, the head coach at Coun­ter­punch Boxing Academy, said the club is look­ing for­ward to present the event at the Lt. Colonel Clifton Cen­tre.

“There’s a lot of ex­cite­ment,” he noted. “We’re get­ting a lot of our fight­ers ready and a lot of peo­ple who haven’t even fought yet want in on this card and want to rep­re­sent Swift Cur­rent as best they can. So it should be a good event.”

The club sub­mit­ted a bid to the pro­vin­cial boxing as­so­ci­a­tion to host the event and it was suc­cess­ful.

“We’re go­ing to work re­ally hard at this club to make it quite an event,” he said. “We'll get box­ers from all over Saskatchew­an and there will be great com­pe­ti­tion.”

He feels the sched­ul­ing of the tour­na­ment in the run-up to the fes­tive sea­son might help to at­tract lo­cal at­ten­tion and sup­port.

“We kind of want to throw it like a Christ­mas show, a Christ­mas party for other busi­nesses to hope­fully come and spon­sor and help out with,” he said. “I’m ex­pect­ing a big show and I’m go­ing to try and put to­gether the best card we pos­si­bly can in Swift Cur­rent.”

The boxing club in Swift Cur­rent pre­vi­ously hosted provin­cials about 10 years ago. It was not long af­ter he joined the club and he helped out dur­ing that event.

“I was just sell­ing wa­ter bot­tles at con­ces­sion at the time, and now I’m putting the whole thing to­gether 10 years later,” he said. “It’s kind of weird how every­thing comes around. ... Hope­fully we can make it as big as the last time we hosted it.”

Hab­scheid spoke to the Prairie Post about host­ing pro­vin­cial at the Swift Cur­rent Fight Club's spar-a-thon and bake sale, which took place for the first time at their new down­town premises on June 16.

The Swift Cur­rent Fight Club in­cludes the Coun­ter­punch Boxing Academy and the Black­tide Muay Thai, which pro­vides train­ing in this com­bat sport from Thai­land.

“We’ve done it in the past as a fundraiser,” he said about the spar-athon. “We de­cided to set a goal this year to fundraise to get mats for this place, be­cause some peo­ple want to try out some wrestling and some other types of mar­tial arts.”

Box­ers had to com­plete one round of boxing for every $20 they raised for the event. The spar-a-thon and bake sale raised a to­tal of $600.

The boxing club was pre­vi­ously known as the Vic-Tory Boxing Club and it was lo­cated at the Swift Cur­rent Friend­ship Cen­tre, which closed down last year. Hab­scheid is happy with the new down­town train­ing fa­cil­ity on Cen­tral Av­enue.

“We have a bag area and a ring area, and they’re sep­a­rate so you don’t get dis­tracted from the spar­ring,” he said. “So it’s a dif­fer­ent setup, but it’s a good setup and it works quite well.”

The Swift Cur­rent Fight Club is a busy place and there is train­ing every night of the week. Boxing classes are on Mon­day and Wed­nes­day evenings, the Muay Thai train­ing is on Tues­day and Thurs­day nights, and it is an open gym night on Fri­day evenings, when every­body can work on strength and con­di­tion­ing.

He is as­sisted by Chad Dafoe and Dustin Auseth to pro­vide train­ing for the dif­fer­ent classes.

“We’ve balanced things pretty well so we’re not com­pletely over­run and it’s been a great pro­gram so far,” Hab­scheid said. “We’ve had lit­tle kids too with our mini gloves pro­gram. It’s been re­ally busy and it’s been awe­some.”

The club's train­ing con­cluded on June 20 for a sum­mer break and ac­tiv­i­ties will re­sume in the sec­ond week of Septem­ber. For more in­for­ma­tion about the Swift Cur­rent Fight Club, con­tact Hab­scheid at 306-774-3036.

Pho­tos by Matthew Lieben­berg

Chad Dafoe (at left) tries to block a punch by Tan­ner Will­shaw dur­ing a spar­ring round at the spar-a-thon, June 16.

Nick Hab­scheid (at left) throws a head punch at An­drew Sev­ers dur­ing a spar­ring round at the spar-a-thon, June 16.

Photo credit

An­drew Sev­ers ( at left) spars against Nick Hab­scheid.

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