The sixth Clash @ The Cascades amateur boxing series was the first in which the youth division of the British Columbia Combative Sports Association (Combsport) was engaged.
Clash 6 saw four bouts that were within Combsport’s Olympic Youth program and all four bouts had Langley residents participating.
Leading the way was Mat Andreatta who had his 17th birthday last week and is a student of Brookswood Senior Secondary. Andreatta boxed Darren Glover, 16, of the Fit Pit Club, Maple Ridge. Andreatta lost the first round to Glover. Andreatta had an edge in experience, however. The experience showed when Andreatta was able to turn the tables on Glover and stop him in the third round.
Hunter Meneghello, 16, a student of DW Poppy Senior Secondary, had a tough assignment in front of him when he faced Thomas Kippes, 16, of Blue Corner Boxing. Kippes, an Abbotsford resident, had been in the gym for three years getting ready for this fight while Meneghello started training about six months ago. The fight was a seesaw battle in which Kippes received three standing eight counts, however, he was landing bombs on Meneghello. The judges could not agree on the winner, and the heavyweight contest was called a split decision for Kippes.
Meneghello’s school mate, Dustin Oster, 16, left no doubt in winning a very one-sided decision over Brodi Walker, 16, of the Fight Pit, in a welter weight contest. Oster boxed very well for a first fight and won a unanimous decision.
In the evening’s first bout, Mat Leclair, a student at Aldergrove Senior Secondary, had his hands full in taking on Matt Ruff of Kitimat. Ruff was true to his name and made it a “Ruff” night for Leclair. Leclair had his moments but Ruff was too strong and the corner threw in the towel just moments before the end of the final round. Leclair is now 1-1-0 and Ruff flies back to Kitimat with a 2-1-0 record.
Combsport Boxing is divided into two programs. The Old Style Boxing Program is for boxers 16 years and older and the Youth Olympic Program for boxers aged eight to 21 years. In the Old Style boxing program the main event saw Keith Holdsworth of Chilliwack win a four round decision over Alex Kippes of Blue Corner Boxing. The fight was competitive, however, Holdsworth’s experience showed and he won the City Light Heavyweight title as well as a unanimous decision.
Cruiserweight Vince St. Pierre, 20, a student at Trinity Western, lost a very close split decision against Joe Csaszar in a very competitive three round fight. St. Pierre did a better jab and was controlling the ring. Csaszar was relentless in throwing an overhand right that countered often.
In the semi main Shawn McDonald fought for a City Super Lightweight Title against Sharvin Soltani, who was a silver medallist at the Canadian Nationals a couple of years ago. In the first two rounds both fighters were very tentative, however, Soltani had clearly won the rounds by connecting on a few shots that McDonald did not answer.
In the third round McDonald picked up the pace for about 30 seconds but it was not sustained. In the last round McDonald came out and let it all hang out and although he clearly won the round he came short on the decision. Going the distance and having a strong finish was important since McDonald had lost a very one-sided bout against Soltani in their first meeting almost five years ago.
The next show will be a St Patrick’s Day theme night and will take place March 18.