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Langley boxers go 2-1-1 at ‘Clash 8’

The eighth installment of the Clash @ The Cascade took place at the Coast Convention Centre May 6 and saw the locals go 2-1-1 in the amateur boxing show.

The main event saw the rubber match against rival Shawn McDonald of City Boxing and B.C. Welterweight Champion Jake Weitzel of Abbotsford. Weitzel took the title from McDonald six months ago and this was their third meeting. Both with wins under their belts and both as the result of split decisions, the third match was even closer than the first two.

The back and forth fight was a split decision draw and was a result the fans and both corners seemed satisfied with. Weitzel keeps his 147 lb title and looks forward to dropping a few pounds and defending his 140 lb belt. This will take place at Clash 9, June 24, when #1 contender Akbar Qubar of Burnaby challenges Weitzel.

Langley resident and City boxer Darren Cooper, 25, fought a very game Jesse Isaacs, 19, of Chilliwack, in a middleweight contest that was back and forth all night. The split decision went to Cooper with the dissenting judge calling it a draw. Both sides have agreed to rematch the bout. Isaacs lost a point during the bout for spitting out his mouth guard several times. The point made the difference between Cooper's win and the draw.

City Boxing’s Dustin Oster, 16, a Poppy student, had lost decision to Ibriham Ibriham, 1,6 of Vancouver’s Raw Academy, last March. The rematch was a much closer fight and some ringsiders thought Oster had done enough but the call went to Ibriham. This may have been the fight of the night; it was very even and well fought between two boxers that boxed way over their heads.

Calup Weitzel of Abbotsford won a very close decision over Jonathon Dubois is what was a very exciting fan friendly fight. It was very close and evenly matched contest. Marcos Andres of Sergeants Boxing was scheduled to box Attila Kozak of Revolution. Kozak pulled out last minute without explanation and Chad Gerow stepped in. Veteran Gerow had too much experience for Andres, who was fighting for the first time.

A very interesting exhibition was the match between Sharvin Soltani, 21, of Raw Academy, and Mat Andreatta, 17, of City Boxing. Andreatta gave up about 6-7 pounds, the age factor, not to mention the fact before Andreatta had entered a boxing gym Soltani had achieved a B.C. Title and a Silver Medal at the Canadian Nationals. Andreatta showed well and if all goes well his trainer says he will fight Soltani this fall.

Since City Boxing has joined the Revolution fight team the club is 6-2-2 and head trainer Dave Allison says, "I can’t ignore the fact that being in this facility has helped our athletes. There will be TYKE Boxing (8,9 & 10 years) next show as well as a high profile women’s bout when Shayla O’Connor, 18, of Raptors Gym in Maple Ridge meets Darcy Nestor, 25, of Chilliwack, at 135 lb. Some female boxers may start coming from Langley since Sarah Pucek is training a women’s only boxing program at Revolution.

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