Local boxers shine in weekend event

 

 

By Joel Charron

 

The fighters at Fighting Island Boxing Club (FIBC) once again dazzled fight fans at their annual boxing show held over this past weekend.

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Held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, FIBC’s annual show featured nine fights with four fights featuring FIBC fighters.

The venue is a little smaller than what FIBC is used to, however FIBC president Joe LeBlanc said it gives the show a more intimate feeling.

“It’s more fun,” he said. “It’s tight and people are more vibrant and seem to enjoy the fights a little more.”

FIBC fighters Steve Wigle and Quinn Greenway kicked off the night with an entertaining exhibition bout.

Just a few fights after that, Drew Lefavie squared off against Chris Gillen of the Windsor Amateur Boxing Club (WABC) in a three one minute round bout.

Both fighters were not afraid to throw their gloves, however Gillen squeaked out a split decision.

“I just wanted to keep my hands up and keep throwing my jab at him,” said Lefavie.

Despite the loss, Lefavie said he was very pleased with his progression throughout the fight.

“I thought it was a good fight. I just have to keep my hands up and keep trying,” he said.

Jake Bozin of FIBC squared off against WABC’s Gordon Guenette in another spirited exhibition fight.

The night’s main event was FIBC’s Noram “The Pitbull” Lachance against the Manitoba provincial champ Bradley Quiette.

The two fighters set a torrid pace and traded leather throughout the three round fight.

However it was Lechance that had his arm raised after a majority decision.

Lachance said historically he doesn’t fight well in front of the hometown crowd, however, he said he came into this fight a little more nervous than usual.

“I was really, really nervous coming into this fight but when I got into the ring I just told myself to put all that aside to go to work,” said Lachance. “I stayed calm and blocked everyone out and focused on my opponent.”

After the event, LeBlanc said he was once again blown away by the support of the community. He also noted that boxing shows such as this one are extremely important to not only his fighters but all amateur fighters.

“We have to keep the kids busy or else we will lose them,” he said. “You can’t train your heart out forever and then not fight. Once you test the waters and you start to believe in yourself, then you have to go out there and try.”

 

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