Three local boxers from 2 Rivers Boxing Club headed to North Vancouver in the last weekend of November, where they had a strong showing.
Griffins Boxing Club hosted a boxing show in which 24 athletes from across B.C. faced off against each other.
Quesnel boxer James Mott said he had a few nerves going into the fight.
“I was quite nervous because the last time I fought down south was in Salmon Arm, and I got stopped in the second round. When this last fight started, I thought, ‘Oh my God, it’s going to happen again,’ because this guy was throwing such hard punches, and I thought it was going to be a repeat. So I just started laying back and throwing haymakers, and I caught him with one. The fight was all mine after that. I though the referee was going to stop it, but they didn’t; they let that poor bugger suffer until the end,” said Mott.
Mott wasn’t the only Quesnel boxer to have his arm raised. Evan Lee, who is “a real up-and-comer” according to his coach and 2 Rivers Boxing Club owner Wally Doern, dominated his fight.
Evan was matched up against an opponent two years older and 10 pounds heavier and still managed to control the fight. Evan’s bout ended in a TKO (technical knockout) 20 seconds into the second round, as the referee saw his opponent couldn’t take any more abuse.
A third boxer from Quesnel fought in a match that was unfortunately slanted in his opponent’s favour. Noah Lee faced off against a larger boxer, well over 10 pounds heavier. His opponent’s size and reach were too much for him and the referee stopped the contest in the third round.
Noah feels it was a good learning experience and he knows what he has to work on moving forward. Coach Doern said Noah “has a good career ahead of him”.
When asked how it feels to see the athletes he’s trained compete hard and come away with a victory, Doern said: “I’ll tell ya, it probably feels better for them, but it feels pretty darn good to me!”
The athletes at 2 Rivers Boxing Club will take a break from competing until February but continue training hard for the upcoming year.
“We go out there to try and represent for the club and show what Wally’s been teaching us. We want to show how much heart we have for the club and that’s why we do our best for 2 Rivers,” said Mott.