Boxing returns to the Coast Hotel and Casino Friday, June 24 with two title fights headlining Clash @ The Cascades 9.
The card is set with a variety of matches including a women’s bout. The main event will see the much-anticipated rematch between Super Lightweight Champion Jake Weitzel of Abbotsford and Akbar Qurban of Burnaby. The two fought in a fight sanctioned by Boxing B.C. that uses computer scoring. The bout took place a couple of years ago.
The British Columbia Combative Sports Association will sanction this match that uses the 20-point must system that was the scoring system used by amateur boxing for decades and is still used in the USA. Qurban won the first bout by decision, however, will face a much different Weitzel, who has not only been active, he has not tasted defeat in a while. Qurban, on the other hand, has not been active. On the line will be Weitzel’s Super Lightweight B.C. Title Belt.
Caleb Weitzel will face Jonathon ”The Pit Bull” Dubois for a City Cruiserweight Championship. These two tangled May 6 and Weitzel won a split decision that both Dubois and many fans thought was the wrong decision. This will be a four-round contest and will give both fighters a chance to settle the issue.
The card will also feature two rising stars in Mat Andreatta, 17, of City Boxing, and undefeated Ibriham “The Dream” Ibriham, of Raw Academy, a Vancouver club. Both are young prospects and bring their own advantages to the bout. Ibriham is undefeated and will weighs 142 lbs, Andreatta will give up some weight and will likely tip the scales around 134 lbs.
Andreatta has more experience than The Dream and his trainer Dave Allison feels this will balance the weight advantage. This will be a great boxing match since both young athletes box well beyond their experience.
Darren Cooper of City Boxing will face former club mate Gurpreet Buttar in a super welterweight fight. Buttar, now with Ocean City Boxing, has sparred many rounds with Cooper over the past couple of years before leaving City Boxing.
The women will be boxing when 18-year-old Shayla O’Connor of Raptors a Maple Ridge club, will face off against Darcy Nestor of Chilliwack’s Revolution Martial Arts. The bout will be at the lightweight limit of 135 lb. Both clubs are very high on their fighters in this one and both O’Connor and Nestor have known about the match for weeks and will be very well prepared.
Matkatz Boxing, a Kelowna club, will have Cole Beers and this 17-old-lightweight will face Dale Kimber of Revolution Langley. Both will be fighting for the second time.
DAN CSASZAR SCORES BIG
Dan Csaszar, 18, a new member of the City Boxing Program at Revolution Martial Arts is getting ready for the pros and will be likely making his pro debut in 2012. In the interim his new trainer Dave Allison is getting him ready for the professional ranks. Csaszar has fought 35 times so far as an amateur and has had a great career sporting a 30-5-0 record plus some exhibitions.
One of his best wins to date was a unanimous decision over Memo Maldonada of Seattle, June 4 in Bellingham. The Seattle boxer is the current regional champion of the Pacific North West. This includes Idaho, Oregon and Washington State. He was also a semi finalist at the USA Golden Gloves. Csaszar was scheduled to fight Darcy Hinds, a former two-time silver medalist at the Canadian Nationals. The fight may happen later in the summer. Csaszar, who fights as a middleweight, is expected to be on the June 24 card.