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Wednesday, 02 April 2014 13:22

No boxing card scheduled for Oyen area this year

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On the one hand, it’s less of a burden on Trevor Kellington this year, but the fact he and the Acadia Valley Diamondbacks Boxing Club have taken a year hiatus is still a little difficult to swallow.

At this time of year, when the Joel Kelts Memorial Boxing Card is supposed to take place, the fact nothing is happening kind of feels like getting a punch in the mid-section.
“I know the community (in Oyen) misses it,” explains Kellington from his farm last week. “I know I went and judged a boxing card in Medicine Hat this winter and it felt good. It was kind of like a homecoming thing. I know I miss it.”
Kellington feels bad as he ran out of time to get the Acadia Valley Boxing Club organized this year, the first time in about 16 years there has been no boxing club and no spring boxing card. He indicated he just had “too much on (his) plate.”
Last year, he had 21 boxers who came out to practise regularly with 12 being of the serious competitive variety.  Last year’s Joel Kelts event featured a couple of local fighters. All the money earned by the boxing card evening was turned over to the Acadia Valley Recreation Club. 
Kellington says the cancellation of the season disappointed quite of a few of the young boxing enthusiasts.
“I’m hoping to bring it back next spring,” he adds.

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