Local boxers pick up victories at Amherstburg’s Fighting Island Boxing Club event

 

Brandon Bryans of the East Windsor Amateur Boxing Club and Jake Silva of Orangeville’s BigTyme Fitness and Boxing square off at the Camoes Portuguese Club of Harrow last Saturday night. (Photo by Adam D’Andrea)

Brandon Bryans of the East Windsor Amateur Boxing Club and Jake Silva of Orangeville’s BigTyme Fitness and Boxing square off at the Camoes Portuguese Club of Harrow last Saturday night. (Photo by Adam D’Andrea)

 

Alexander Weaving and Quinn Greenway of the Fighting Island Boxing Club fight in an exhibition bout at the Camoes Portuguese Club of Harrow last Saturday night. (Photo by Adam D’Andrea)

Alexander Weaving and Quinn Greenway of the Fighting Island Boxing Club fight in an exhibition bout at the Camoes Portuguese Club of Harrow last Saturday night. (Photo by Adam D’Andrea)

By Adam D’Andrea

 

Local and international up-and-coming boxers had a chance to shine in front of a packed house at the Camoes Portuguese Club of Harrow last Saturday night.

Amherstburg’s Fighting Island Boxing Club hosted the event which showcased boxers aged 11-27 from Amherstburg, Windsor, Toronto, Detroit and several other North American cities. Fighting Island president Joe LeBlanc said he’s been grateful and overwhelmed with the amount of support the club has received from the community.

“We’re blessed to be out here. Especially in the town of Amherstburg, and I’ve said this many times in the past, we get so much support,” said LeBlanc. “It wasn’t until I moved into the town of Amherstburg that we were really appreciated for what we do for kids.”

The fighters from Fighting Island who competed in the event were Quinn Greenway, Alexander Weaving, Tyson Whalen and Steve Wigle. Greenway defeated Weaving in an exhibition bout, while Whalen picked up a win over Filip Ulanek from Guelph’s TNT Boxing and Fitness and Wigle scored a victory over Alano Nunez from Jab’s Gym in Detroit.

Although the show ran smoothly, the event was nearly cancelled due to the lack of a doctor available to attend. Dr. Dino D’Aloisio stepped in at the last minute to ensure that everything could go on as planned.

“I don’t know what we would have done without him,” said LeBlanc.

Fighting Island will be holding a ‘Drive for a Cause’ fundraiser this Saturday, May 3, at Amherstburg Chevrolet Buick GMC. Since the club is a non-profit organization with coaches volunteering their time, all of the money raised will go toward helping the club compete in events outside Windsor and Essex County.

“Next week we’ve got the Ontario championships in Toronto and every kid that fights for me, when we go out of town, it doesn’t cost the kids or the parents a dollar,” said LeBlanc. “Staying at the hotel rooms, and the meals and the travelling, we cover. That’s what this money’s for.”

The fundraiser will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., with the dealership donating $25 per test drive to the club.

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