Amateur boxers from across the province gathered in Quesnel on Saturday, April 30 for Rumble 29.
The ten-fight card at 2 Rivers Boxing Club was brought to an abrupt stop after a scary knockout in the match before the main event. Prince George’s Ryan Moonie was out cold after fellow Prince George fighter Tristan Novak landed a devastating right-left combination.
Moonie nearly fell out of the ring, as Dr. Sven Henning, who was monitoring the fighters, and the referee rushed to his aid. Moonie was able to leave the ring on his own two feet, and was taken to the hospital as he lost consciousness.
Moonie said on the following Monday he was diagnosed with a minor concussion.
Wally Doern, the head coach and owner of 2 Rivers said over his many decades in amateur boxing, he’s rarely seen such a harsh knockout.
“It’s rare, but this does happen,” he told the crowd of around 200 after Moonie left the ring with paramedics.
The feature bout and main event featured Quesnel women picking up wins.
In the main event, Robyn “Hands of Stone” Grant defeated Callea Roque from Mendoza Boxing Club in Surrey. The two would also take home the prize for fight of the night.
In the feature bout, Britynn “Hurricane” Carter defeated Ella Meredith from Chilliwack, in another competitive affair.
Both Carter and Grant are fresh off a trip to Mexico, where they competed and picked up victories at an all-women’s show.
Other results included Joseph Daley from the Crusher Victora Boxing Club defeating Angelo Vilorio from Mendoza Surrey in a back and forth contest.
Prince George’s Kostos Bach managed to force a referee stoppage in his bout against 2 Rivers Boxer Michael Brooks.
Reece Anderson from Crusher Victoria picked up a win against Carter Johnson of Prince George, and Yani Jones from Kamloops defeated Ayde Meredith from Chilliwack.
The card also featured three exhibition matches from young boxers. Tamina Mott, Taylor Rogina, Deadon Beaudry, Karter Mott, Brayden Cruz and Jude Lidinski all took the squared circle to show their stuff.
Williams Lake resident and former Canadian junior middleweight champion Stuart McLellan was in attendance for the show, and was wearing his Monster Pro Wrestling championship belt.
McLellan, who wrestles under the name Stu Krool, was promoting an upcoming show for Monster Pro Wrestling which will take place at St. Anne’s Hall on Saturday, May 14.
Doern said after the event he was planning Rumble 30 to take place this fall.
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