Mat Andreatta

‘Body and Soul’ on the mat at boxing Clash #20

20th installment of the Clash @ The Cascades series will feature a main event to settle who is the best Welterweight in the lower mainland

The 20th installment of the Clash @ The Cascades series will feature a main event to settle who is the best Welterweight in the lower mainland and perhaps the province. George Vourtsis of Sunshine Coast Boxing Club won the Welterweight City Title in an amazing fight against Harrison’s Josh Van Ryan last February, in what was named fight of the year.

The fight was amazing and took a toll on Vourtsis, who broke his hand in the fight. After three rounds Vourtsis was behind on two of three cards but stormed back to stop Van Ryan with only seconds left in a fight that saw boxing fans on their feet most of the fight.

Jarik Brown of Action Boxing is undefeated in his last three fights with two wins and a draw. Brown is a come ahead pressure fighter and will test Vourtsis all the way. It would not be surprising if Vourtsis finds himself in another fight of the year at Clash 20.

Brandon Shorter of Revolution will fight Kory Grim in an eliminator for the City Light Heavyweight strap. The two have been on a collision course for a few months and will finally meet.

On the other side of the elimination process will be Darren Featherstone of Bisla’s and Julian Kim of Port Kells. The winners of these fights will fight each other for the title on Nov. 2.

Mat Andreatta of City Boxing will rematch undefeated southpaw Francis Codilla of Contenders. Codilla won a decision over Andreatta, August 10.

Ten fights are expected, including a bout between Rob Pryce of North Burnaby and Randy Hollett of Sunshine Coast. North Burnaby’s Remy Lavoie will take on Sia Fard of Action Gym in a welterweight fight.

Manny Dhillon of Siutela Boxing will take on Justin Lee of Sunshine Coast in a middleweight contest.

Christian Antonio of Port Kells will see the ring for the first time when he meets Scott Woodward of Four Corners Boxing in a lightweight fight.

Josh Lauriente, 11, of Port Kells will tackle Gavin Bisla, 11, of Bisla’s in a Tyke fight. Both youngsters are expected at 80 lbs.

The boxing takes place in the ballroom at the Coast Convention Centre in downtown Langley. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the action starts at 7:30. Kids 12 and under are free and tickets are available at the door.

Pucek/Ward Public Spar

Before the amateur boxing card starts, a sparring session featuring Fort Langley’s Sarah Pucek and North Vancouver’s Jaime Ward will take place. Sarah Pucek is getting ready for a Canadian Title fight that takes place Oct. 27 when she meets Lucia Larcinese of Montreal. The Canadian Boxing Federation’s Championship Committee sanctions the Pucek-Larcinese bout.

The fight will be for the vacant Canadian Featherweight Championship. Pucek is coming of a layoff and has been ranked as high as #10 in the world by the WBC as well as other sanctioning bodies. Ward is coming off a successful pro debut where she won a decision over Brandy Badry of Edmonton  .

Pucek and Ward will spar at the beginning of the show. Pucek and Ward are long time sparring partners and will put on an entertaining display of boxing.

Information can be had at cityboxing@telus.net or phone 604-530-7897.

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