Local boxers go 4-1-1

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.

ANNUAL AWARDS

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.

Just Posted

#MeToo at work: How reporting sexual harassment works – and how it doesn’t

British Columbians have four options to report harassment or assault, but none of them are easy

Langley Rotarians work for clinics in Kenya

Local Rotary Clubs are asking locals to think of others at Christmastime.

Langley realtor uses Monopoly tournament to add to refugee group’s community chest

A fundraising tournament could be the start of an annual tradition.

Three days in the ER, not uncommon in Abbotsford: report

One in 10 admitted patients spends more than 69 hours in emergency

Man accused of shooting at border agents loses final bid to appeal extradition order

Nathan Hall was arrested in Abbotsford following cross-border manhunt in 2013

VIDEO: Average Canadian food bill to rise by $348 in 2018

Atlantic Canada and B.C. will see the most increases for consumers

Firefighter dies, thousands more take on California blaze

This is second death linked to the Thomas fire, northwest of Los Angeles

AHUS patient Shantee Anaquod is home for Christmas

Less than a month after receiving first dose of $750K drug, 23 year old healthy enough to go home

Moose calves rescued in northern B.C. are ‘golden nuggets:’ researcher

Calves discovered near Prince George in late May. Mother had been killed by a car

Missing Alberta man could be headed to Victoria

Police in Alberta say Vernon “Allan” Pickard has not been heard from since late November

Supreme Court rules in case involving Langley firm

The case involved two people working for separate contractors on a Delta road project.

The Force will be with bidders at massive Stars Wars auction

Able Auctions at 19757 92A Ave. hosts event that’s open to public Saturday

Cineplex charges extra at some Star Wars screenings

Fans are getting a surprise twist at the box office with extra $1 charges for assigned seating

Toddler sent to hospital following dog bite at Vancouver Island daycare

Malamute/husky cross involved in incident at 1200-block of Burnside Rd. West

Most Read