Thursday, 28 September 2017 12:14

Inaugural Earl Monkman Memorial Boxing Card in Swift Current, Sept. 23, 2017

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The first ever outdoor amateur boxing event in Saskatchewan took place under the lights of a baseball field in Swift Current, Sept. 23. The inaugural Earl Monkman Memorial Boxing Card Fall Brawl Under the Lights at Mitchell Field was the result of a partnership between the Swift Current 57's baseball club and the local Vic-Tory Boxing Club. Boxing fans were treated to six bouts by boxers that ranged in age from eight to 40 years. Boxers from southwest Saskatchewan competed in five of the bouts. The first bout was an exhibition match between eight-year-old female rookies Abigail Blohm of Sandhills Boxing Club and Sydney Collinge of Lloydminster in the 28 kg weight class. Ten-year-old rookie Jaxson Williams of Swift Current impressed during his debut against nine-year-old Mohammed Faison-Farooq Dar of Lloydminster, who was in his second fight, in the 36 kg weight class. Both fighters traded blows for three rounds, but no winner was declared because it was an initiation fight. Quasim Mirza (12) of the Jaguar Boxing Club in Regina won his fight against Riley Hnatiu (14) of North Battleford in the 52 kg division. Swift Current boxers Dustin Auseth and Nick Habscheid got a good cheer from the crowd during their exhibition match in the 97 kg weight class. The exhibition match between Swift Current rookie Jesse Kitchen and Lloydminster's Emile Smith, who already had three fights, was stopped in the third round after some heavy hitting by Smith. The main bout of the evening took place between Shaunavon's Dakota Mcfadyen, who made his debut in the 97 kg division, and Adam Toto of the Lonsdale Boxing Club in Regina, who had four previous bouts. They were well matched and Toto won the fight on a split decision.


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Matthew Liebenberg