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Success for Grassland Boxing Club at Regina tournaments

Written by  Matthew Liebenberg
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Two boxers from the Grassland Boxing Club competed successfully at the Battle of the Prairies tournament that took place at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina, April 8.

Grassland Boxing Club Coach Mike Kucik was happy with the performance of his boxers at this high-profile tournament.
“It’s a top caliber competition that Mr. (Frank) Fiacco has from the Lonsdale Boxing Club in Regina,” he said. “It’s an annual event, it’s the 12th one. It’s quite an accomplishment. It’s a supper event. People buy tables and they have their meal and then they watch the boxing right there beside them.”
Fourteen-year-old Ponteix boxer Janick Lacroix of the Grassland Boxing Club won his three-round bout against Creedance Horsefall of Regina’s Jaguar Boxing Club in the 66-kilogram junior class.
“The first probably 30 seconds of the first round it was pretty even, but after that Janick took over and it was pretty well easy for him then,” Kucik said.
This was Lacroix’s seventh fight and he has only lost one bout so far.
“He’s looking real good,” Kucik said. “He’s had certain back problems a while back, but I think it has fixed itself up now and he looked very sharp.”
Abram Dyck of Shaunavon stepped through the ring for the Grassland Boxing Club in the 60-kilogram novice category. He won a three-round decision over Nay Soe from the Cougar Boxing Club in Edmonton, Alta.
“The first round he didn’t perform very well,” Kucik said about Dyck’s match. “He probably ended up losing it, but we had a good talk in the corner and he came out for the second and third and it was a unanimous decision.”
This was Dyck’s tenth fight as a novice. The 22-year-old boxer will now move up to the open class for his next bout.
He has won six fights and future bouts in the open class might be against more experienced boxers.
“It depends,” Kucik said. “Sometimes, he ends up boxing somebody who is only 12 or 13 bouts, which is not much different, but in each championship he’ll have to compete in the open category.”
Lacroix also competed at the annual Battle for the Belt tournament in Regina on March 19. He won a three-round match against Dorian Copeman from Regina’s Black and Blue Boxing Club.
“He was in control all the way through,” Kucik said.
Lacroix has been training about 15 months with Kucik and he has made quite an impression on the experienced coach.
“He’s got a rarity I guess of being very aggressive,” Kucik said. “When you’re a kid, you’re kind of leery, you’re kind of little scared maybe, and you’re always waiting. With him it’s one track — go ahead, get on the ball, let’s go. He’s very aggressive and a hard worker.”
He feels Lacroix can look forward to more success in the ring if he continues to focus on boxing.
“He’s got a good future,” Kucik said. “I’d like to see him get in the open category in the next half a year — that means over 10 bouts. Then the competition of course would be harder. … It would be nice to get on the national level and Western Canadian tournaments and so forth.”
In the meantime Kucik and his boxers will focus on preparing for the upcoming Saskatchewan provincial championships that will take place in Regina on June 4-5.

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