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Wednesday, 04 November 2015 16:24

Ponteix boxer wins medal at provincial championships

Written by  Matthew Liebenberg
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The Grassland Boxing Club in Ponteix returned with a medal from the recent provincial championships.

Two boxers from the club attended the provincial championships at the Lonsdale Boxing Club in Regina Oct. 24.
Thirteen-year-old Ponteix boxer Janick Lacroix competed in the Junior B Novice 66 kilogram division against Creedance Horsefall of Regina’s Jaguar Boxing Club. Lacroix won his provincial medal in a unanimous decision from the judges after three rounds.
Grassland Boxing Club Coach Mike Kucik was impressed with the young boxer’s performance.
“The other one was more experienced and heavier, but Janick fought real good,” he said.
Lacroix already has a solid record with three wins from four fights.
“He’s doing real good,” Kucik said. “He’s got quite a bit bigger from what he was last year and a lot stronger, and he’s a hardworking young person.”
Abram Dyck of Shaunavon also represented the Grassland Boxing Club at the championships. He lost a close decision over three rounds against Preston Lachance from Saskatoon’s Top Dog Boxing Club in the Elite 60 kilogram category.
Kucik said the taller Lachance was a good opponent for his boxer.
“He was faster and a little big heavier,” he mentioned.
The 21-year-old Dyck had seven fights since joining the Grasslands Boxing Club and he won four.
“The losses were all close decision losses,” Kucik said.
He noted it is always nice to win, but a boxer will actually learn more from a defeat.
“We always learn more from losing matches than from winning. We want to win, but when we lose we make mistakes.”
Dyck’s main challenge is to overcome his height disadvantage against taller opponents.
“His problem was, being short, he comes out swinging wild punches and of course he can’t reach his opponent because he’s far away,” Kucik explained. “So he’s got to be able to have nice compact punches and get inside and work, be the stronger one. If you’re small, make yourself smaller, get inside.”
He plans to take his boxers to the Sandhills Boxing Club’s boxing card in Leader on Nov. 7. That event might present the first opportunity for two young boxers from Gull Lake to step in the ring. The two brothers, who are 11 and 13 years old, have been training with Kucik since the summer.
“They’re very small, only 76 pounds each, but hopefully we can get them a fight there,” he said.

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