Coun­ter­punch Box­ing to host Provin­cials

The Southwest Booster - - SPORTS - STEVEN MAH SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Some of the top box­ers from across Saskatchewan will be in the ring in Swift Cur­rent when the Coun­ter­punch Box­ing Academy hosts provin­cials on De­cem­ber 8.

Fifth-year head coach Nick Hab­scheid is look­ing for­ward to host­ing provin­cials in Swift Cur­rent.

“I wanted to host an­other event here to get Coun­ter­punch Box­ing no­ticed. We had a big event a cou­ple Septem­bers ago, the Fall Brawl, that was out­doors. I was try­ing to think of a way to top it and I thought we could get a lot of good and en­ter­tain­ing fights if we put in a bid for provin­cials. We put in a bid and we got it. I’m ex­cited to put some awe­some fights on for De­cem­ber 8.”

Swift Cur­rent pre­vi­ously hosted provin­cials back in 2009 when Hab­scheid was work­ing as a wa­ter boy and had no in­ter­est in com­pet­ing. The num­ber of bouts at provin­cials varies, but Hab­scheid said he has seen up to 20 bouts in the past. He is hop­ing to have ap­prox­i­mately 12 bouts in Swift Cur­rent.

Coun­ter­punch has set­tled into a new down­town lo­ca­tion af­ter they re­branded the club one year ago.

“It’s been awe­some. We’ve ran some new pro­grams out of here, in­clud­ing muay thai, mini gloves, fe­male box­ing, and com­peti­tors box­ing, along with our old box­ing classes,” said Hab­scheid. “It’s been re­ally busy, but it’s been re­ally good at the same time. We’ve made a good com­mu­nity over here and we’ve had a lot of peo­ple in­ter­ested in com­pet­ing in dif­fer­ent events.”

The Coun­ter­punch Box­ing Academy at­tended the Golden Gloves Tour­na­ment in Saska­toon over the week­end and fin­ished with three wins and one loss.

Dakota Mcfadyen lost a close split de­ci­sion.young­ster Dashanda Fehrspence won her bout. Hunter Theise won his bout by stop­page in the third round. Jaden Toye won his bout by split de­ci­sion.

All four of those box­ers, as well as Jesse Kitchen, are hop­ing to com­pete at provin­cials.

Tick­ets to the event are $15 and are avail­able at Phar­masave or at the door. Ta­bles of 10 are avail­able for $500 and in­clude a meal and the best seats in the house.

The win­ners of each bout at Provin­cials will take home a cus­tom­ized ti­tle belt. “I’ve no­ticed in the past when there’s fights with a belt on the line peo­ple fight that much harder, they just want the belt,” said Hab­scheid.

STEVEN MAH/SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Dashanda Fehr-spence is train­ing to rep­re­sent the Coun­ter­punch Box­ing Academy at Provin­cials in Swift Cur­rent on Dec. 8.

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