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