Two Quesnel boxers made their way to Mexico in late-March and both came back with a tally in the win column.
Robyn Grant and Brittyn Carter, members of the 2 Rivers Boxing Club, both picked up victories at an event in San Miguel.
Carter and Grant made the trip as part of the West Coast Wonder Woman boxing club based out of Sooke.
In the first round of her bout against Daniela Resendiz, Grant forced a eight count. While her opponent was able to recover, the commanding lead was cemented for Grant after the power went out at the outdoor venue hosting the event in the second round. The 2 Rivers boxer would pick up a victory by unanimous decision.
“The second round was faster-paced, it was really intense.” Grant said after returning to Canada.
“(Resendiz) was like a brawler style, she came in like a bull, but I had the reach on her.”
Grant, who fights as a southpaw, used her reach and left-handed punches to pick up the victory.
“I was telling everybody, ‘get your flashlights out,’ to see how bright we could make the ring go, but they didn’t want it to happen,” Grant said with a laugh.
A rematch between the two is scheduled for Sooke in May. Grant will be heading into that fight on a bit of a hot streak, after she won a fight against Callea Roque in a split decision earlier this year.
“I love heat, so that was really cool, and to box in an outdoor ring, that’s a first and was exciting for me,” Grant said.
Entertainment in between fights featured dancing and music.
“It was like a Mexican party,” Grant’s mom, Natalie said.
“They took such good care of the fighters, they were incredible the way they hosted us with meals… it was a once in a lifetime thing we attended.”
“I didn’t just make friends on the trip, I made family,” Grant said.
Carter was able to pick up a victory against Elizabeth Orta, in another fast-paced fight.
“I had a really aggressive opponent, there was a lot of inside boxing with uppercuts and choppy little hooks,” Carter said, noting she was comfortable in that style thanks to practice sparring and working on the heavy bag.
The event was run in a professional style, with simultaneous weigh-ins and even a pre-fight press conference.
“It was really cool to experience,” Carter said.
“You weighed in at the same time as your opponent, and did a face-off. I couldn’t keep a straight face.”
Carter was also able to train with former pro Librado Andrade, in Mexico.
“He has so much knowledge and was so kind to train with me and help me,” she said.
Carter also thanked Chris Heaton, who helped her train, Joe Augustine for paying for her flight and Ellen Connor for working to put on the event.
The next boxing event hosted at 2 Rivers, Rumble 29, is set to be hosted on April 30, and could feature both Carter and Grant.
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