Box­ing club host­ing provin­cial cham­pi­onship in Swift Cur­rent

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

Box­ers from across Saskatchew­an will be com­pet­ing to be­come the provin­cial ti­tle­holder in their weight class dur­ing the up­com­ing cham­pi­onship event in Swift Cur­rent.

The Coun­ter­punch Box­ing Academy is host­ing the Saskatchew­an provin­cial box­ing cham­pi­onship at the Lt. Colonel Clifton Cen­tre, Dec. 8.

Nick Hab­scheid, the head coach at Coun­ter­punch Box­ing Academy, said the club has been work­ing hard to host a mem­o­rable evening of qual­ity box­ing.

“We've re­ally tried to plan this event,” he told the Prairie Post. “We've been work­ing as a group, about 10 of us, plan­ning for four months and we have tons of spon­sor­ships and belts. We have ti­tle belts for the win­ners, and we're go­ing to get fight­ers from all over the prov­ince – Regina, Saska­toon, Lloy­d­min­ster, Wey­burn and other places. It's go­ing to be a re­ally great event and night.”

Swift Cur­rent pre­vi­ously hosted the provin­cial box­ing cham­pi­onship in 2009, when Hab­scheid was a vol­un­teer sell­ing bot­tled wa­ter at the con­ces­sion.

Last fall the club, for­merly known as the Vic-Tory Box­ing Club, hosted an out­door box­ing event at Mitchell Field in part­ner­ship with the Swift Cur­rent 57's base­ball club.

Since then, the box­ing club changed its name and moved to a new down­town lo­ca­tion.

Coun­ter­punch Box­ing Academy de­cided to sub­mit a bid to the provin­cial box­ing as­so­ci­a­tion to host this year's cham­pi­onship and it was suc­cess­ful.

“We wanted to host an­other event after the Fall Brawl, which was re­ally good,” he said. “I'm try­ing to fig­ure out how to top each event we do and the Fall Brawl was re­ally hard to top, and I re­ally wanted a lot of fights on what­ever our next event would be and hav­ing some­thing like the provin­cial cham­pi­onships to fight for I thought would be a good thing to put our name in for the bid.”

He is ex­pect­ing fierce com­pe­ti­tion dur­ing the fights at the cham­pi­onship, be­cause there is not only the honour of be­ing a provin­cial ti­tle­holder but also the op­por­tu­nity to win a cus­tom made ti­tle belt.

“I've al­ways no­ticed that when you go to a fight card with belts, ev­ery­one fights that much harder be­cause you want to have that strap on you at the end of the night,” he said. “So I'm ex­pect­ing peo­ple fight­ing re­ally hard and leav­ing it all on the ring.”

There will be up to 12 fights at the cham­pi­onship and a num­ber of box­ers from south­west Saskatchew­an will be hop­ing to com­pete at the event. Coun­ter­punch Box­ing Academy will sub­mit five names in dif­fer­ent weight classes.

Four of them had an op­por­tu­nity to pre­pare for provin­cials dur­ing fights at the Top Dog Golden Gloves tour­na­ment in Saska­toon, Nov. 17. Dashanda Fehr-Spence, Hunter Theise and Jaden Toye won their bouts while su­per heavy­weight fighter Dakota Mcfadyen lost a close split de­ci­sion. These four and Jesse Kitchen will be look­ing for bouts at the provin­cial cham­pi­onship.

The best seats for view­ing the ac­tion at the provin­cial cham­pi­onship will be the ring­side ta­bles. The price for a 10-seat ta­ble is $500, which in­cludes a meal. In­di­vid­ual tick­ets sell for $15 per per­son. Tick­ets are avail­able at Phar­masave, at the Coun­ter­punch Box­ing Academy (140B Cen­tral Av­enue North) on week nights from 7-9 p.m. and at the door on Dec. 8. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and fights start 7 p.m.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Hab­scheid at 306-7743036.

Photo by Matthew Lieben­berg

Nick Hab­scheid, the head coach at Coun­ter­punch Box­ing Academy, with one of the cus­tom made ti­tle belts that will be pre­sented to win­ners at the Saskatchew­an provin­cial box­ing cham­pi­onship in Swift Cur­rent on Dec. 8.

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