After a decade as a professional boxer Sarah Pucek has decided that her obligation to her career does not afford her the time to train at the level she has to perform.
Pucek’s long-time trainer/manager, Dave Allison, supports her decision, in fact he suggested she retire.
“It is best for her, she has given a lot to the sport and has achieved more than any BC based boxer in decades.
She was based out of B.C., with her hometowns in Aldergrove and Langley, and boxed as a pro while working herself through college.
Her achievements speak for themselves:
– Canadian Champion 2012-2018
– British Commonwealth Champion 2016-2018
– North American Champion (NABF) 2017-2018
– Ranked #7 in the world (WBC)
“I don’t know of any other B.C. based boxer achieving this status,” says Allison.
“To cap it all off she challenged for a World Championship in Poland and gave an outstanding performance with a decision loss. I have no doubt she would have won a world title in the future if she continued.
“She proved this in Poland. Sarah was just starting to put it all together, and when she did, she would have defeated the current crop of world class boxers in her weight. It was a pleasure to train and work with Sarah Pucek, she was a real pro and handled herself with grace and class,” says Allison.
Juggling school work and a pro boxing career was not easy and Pucek took a little over three years off, at what could have been the peak of her career.
She made some boxing history when she was the first woman to win the British Commonwealth Championship. This is the oldest, most established title in boxing.
Pucek is not leaving the sweet science as she is training to be a professional judge with the BC Athletic Commission. She is also training young boxers at the Langley City Boxing Club.
At the Turmoil on 200th #2 at the Langley Events Centre a tribute was given and an honorary award. The crowd gave her a loud ovation.
She received an honorary plaque from Langley City Boxing, presented by young 12-year-old boxers Baily Fletcher and Nick Puri. Also the President of the Canadian Boxing Federation Orest Zmyndak flew in from Edmonton and presented an award given by Combsport BC and the Federation.