The luck of the Irish may have been with Langley boxers at the St. Patrick’s Day Bash Friday night.
It was a winning night for most of the Langley-based boxers as well as Abbotsford’s B.C. Welterweight Champion, Jake Weitzel, who won a second title. In a Champion versus Champion fight, Weitzel, who started his boxing career in Langley where he went to school, defeated Sharvin Soltani of Raw Boxing, a Silver Medal winner at the Canadian Nationals. At stake was Soltani’s B.C. Super Lightweight Title. It was a close split decision for Weitzel with scores of 98-97, 98-97 for Weitzel and one judge went 98-97 for Soltani.
Langley’s City Boxing had six fighters on the card and may have had their best outing in the club’s six year history. City trainer Dave Allison feels the reason for the great outing was the club’s move to Revolution.
“The facility we have here is world class and allows us to bring the fighters to the highest possible level. We are very happy to be part of the Revolution Fight Team,” said Allison.
Shawn McDonald won the semi main event, winning the rubber match over rival Jay Kelly of POWD. Kelly did not answer the bell for the second round. Some controversy evolved, since during the first round Kelly tripped over referee Gord Racette at the half-way mark in the round. It was resolved by going to the score cards that showed McDonald winning on all three cards. McDonald was also awarded the Walters Trophy as boxer of the year.
In a very exciting heavyweight fight, “Big” Nate Nowalk, at 6’7” and 267 lbs., put his #1 ranking and undefeated record on the line against City’s Ritchie Evanochko, who at 5’11” and 234 lbs. gave up height and weight. Evanochko pressed the fight and used a roll and hook to get under Nowalk’s jab. The judges all saw it for Evanochko in the unanimous decision.
Langley’s Matt Lee looked spectacular in a comeback fight over veteran Dave Diamond of Abbotsford. Lee seemed to win a competitive first round and went out in the second and stopped Diamond with a hook of a jab.
Mat Andreatta, 17, of City Boxing, was challenged and in tough against Derrick Wong, 22, of Sargeants Boxing, who landed some hard shots and made it a fight all the way. Andreatta is now 6-0-0 and will be heading down to the States very soon to get other matches.
In what was a barnburner of a fight Dale Kimber, 17, of City Boxing, lost the first round to Raj Somal, 18, of Bisla Martial Arts. In the second it seemed to be going the same way then Kimber exploded with a game-changing left hook that turned the tide. It all came down to the last round and just when it looked like Somal was re-establishing control Kimber would roar back. The decision was a draw.
Dustin Oster boxed well against Ibrahim Ibrahim, who edged Oster in a decision. For Oster it was his second fight and Ibrahim was fighting for the first time. The two 16 year olds show skill beyond their experience.
In the opener Tom McCormick of Chilliwack won a decision over Andrew Blanco of POWD in a light heavyweight bout. The eight-fight card show was in the opinion of many the best “Clash @ The Cascade” yet.
The Denny Ross Award For contribution to the sport was awarded to referee and judge Diane Dutra.
The Walters Award for fighter of the year went to Shawn McDonald.
The Combsport Cup for club of the year went to Blue Corner Boxing.