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Tuesday, 10 November 2015 15:37

Success for young Gull Lake boxer in first fight

Written by  Matthew Liebenberg
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A young boxer from Gull Lake won his first fight in convincing fashion at a boxing card in Leader Nov. 7.


Eleven-year-old Keesan Swann was the only boxer from the Grassland Boxing Club who competed at the event, which was hosted by the Sandhills Boxing Club.
Grassland Boxing Club Coach Mike Kucik was impressed with his boxer’s performance.
“He won the trophy for the winner of the best bout,” he said. “So that was quite an accomplishment.”
Swann won with a unanimous decision after three rounds in the 62-kilogram category against Jeremiah Warnke from the Medicine Hat Boxing Club.
According to Kucik the two boxers put up a spirited performance during their bout.
“It was probably the most active one,” he said. “The little guys just went right at it and there was no give up.”
Swann is shorter than his Medicine Hat opponent, but it did not deter him. Kucik was surprised the trophy for best bout was awarded to a junior boxer.
“I was surprised of course because little guys don’t generally get an award, but he did,” he mentioned. “So he’s pretty proud anyhow.”
Swann and his older brother, who is 13 years old, have been working out with Kucik since the summer.
There were eight bouts at the boxing card in Leader and Kucik was impressed with the tournament.
“That was a super tournament that Kenny Blohm put on,” he said. “There was a full house in there. I think close to 400 people showed up.”
The Grassland Boxing Club is based in Ponteix and Kucik is currently training four boxers. One is from Ponteix, another from Shaunavon and the two Swann brothers are from Gull Lake.
His boxers will potentially be fighting at one of the upcoming boxing cards in Saskatoon on Nov. 28 and in Regina on Dec. 12, or at the Medicine Hat Boxing Club’s annual tournament on Jan. 23 and 24.
 “So we’ll keep our eyes open,” he said. “If we can get competition we'll certainly go. … I keep in contact with all of the clubs and they keep in contact with me and then if there’s somebody there we’ll do our best to go there.”

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