Wor­man step­ping into the ring for first fight

The Drumheller Mail - - NEW - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

A Drumheller man is cross­ing an item off his bucket list and at the same time feed­ing his pas­sion to help those in need.

Jamie Wor­man is a com­bat spot en­thu­si­ast and has al­ways wanted to step into the ring. This year he is mak­ing it hap­pen.

“This year on my birth­day, I told my­self this year I wanted to have a sanc­tioned fight or at least have steps taken to­wards that,” ex­plains Wor­man. On Au­gust 1, I got a phone call from the owner of Dekata (pro­moter) who asked if I wanted to. If that is not a sign? I don’t know what is.”

Wor­man will be a fea­tured fighter in an am­a­teur box­ing match on Sat­ur­day, De­cem­ber 1 in an event called Fight Like a Pro. This is billed as an event where ”28 reg­u­lar peo­ple take on the chal­lenge of a life­time and ex­pe­ri­ence what it is like to be a pro.”

The event is be­ing put on by Dekata, one of West- ern Canada’s ma­jor box­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions. Wor­man says it is a fully sanc­tioned fight. He has to get his li­cense and un­dergo a phys­i­cal exam be­fore he can get into the ring.

He is not sure who his com­peti­tor is, and is not even sure he wants to know.

“The way I see things, is I’m not go­ing to con­cern my­self with what some­one else is go­ing to do, I am go­ing to fo­cus and work in my gym and do the best that I can,” he said.

To that end, he has been busy train­ing, and this en­tails ev­ery­thing from work­outs and spar­ring to ad­her­ing to a strict diet.

“There is a lo­cal group of very ex­pe­ri­enced MMA and box­ing coaches and fight­ers here,” said Wor­man.

The event is for a good cause, rais­ing money for Be­lieve in the Gold. This or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­motes aware­ness of child­hood cancer and also sup­port fam­i­lies and re­search.

“Me and rais­ing money for cancer sur­vivors and cancer fight­ers? I’m 100 per cent down for that,” said Wor­man.

When asked if this is more than a one off, he said “Truly I think it is. My goal was al­ways to have one fight, but I am hav­ing too much fun. Box­ing, they call it the sweet sci­ence for a rea­son. It’s a chess match, but in­stead of pawns, you use fists,” he said. “It keeps a guy in shape, it keeps a guy ac­tive and it keeps you think­ing ahead… I am cer­tain I’ll have more after this.”

The bout is De­cem­ber 1 at the Deer­foot Inn and Casino. Tick­ets are avail­able from Wor­man. He says if enough lo­cal fans pur­chase, tick­ets they will have their own cheer­ing sec­tion.”


Jamie Wor­man will be in his first am­a­teur box­ing bout on De­cem­ber 1 in an event called Fight Like a Pro.

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