The Acadia Valley Diamondback Boxing Club and Acadia Valley Recreation Club are hosting their annual Joel Kelts Boxing Card April 13 at the Oyen Legion Hall.
In the feature match of the night, in the Super heavyweight (over 91 kg.) division Corwin Herter is looking for redemption in his fight with Edmonton’s Brad Switzer.
Herter lost to Switzer in the Alberta Silver Gloves Tournament final which took place earlier this year in Lethbridge.
It was a massive slugfest. Only this time, neither combatant will be tired having fought in a recent bout.
“Switzer was 6-foot-10, 315 lbs., Corwin was winning going into the third (round) but ran out of gas,” Medicine Hat Boxing Club coach Kerry Fahlman told the Medicine Hat News. “The guy (Herter) boxed was a freak; Corwin is 6-4, 257 and he looked small in the ring.”
Herter had earlier earned a split decision in the Silver Gloves over Jamie Snow (Avenue Boxing Club in Edmonton).
Kellington can’t wait. He smiled when he thought of the two huge men battling, especially with Herter undoubtedly wanting to return the favour on the 6'10” giant.
“They’re going to do a rematch; I’m crossing my fingers. This could be an excellent fight,” said Kellington who said he’s seen them. They're both heavy, but they’re not overweight and are both in excellent shape.
“That one will be a crowd-pleaser. People love to see the heavyweights go.”
Kellington said he also has two local fighters competing plus a member of the Diamondback’s old guard attending from university.
Josh Bond, 18, who is from Marengo, is attending classes at the University of Saskatchewan. He will make the trek back to fight in the event.
Also fighting is Oyen’s Keelan Coates, 16, in the 145 lbs weight category. He’s had four bouts.
Oyen’s Jordan Symes, 14, is also fighting. He’s had two bouts this season, losing both, but each were close.
“He’s come a long way from where he started,” explained Kellington of his third-year fighter.
When Symes first started, he was a little awkward and really needed to work on foot speed, co-ordination and conditioning, explains Kellington. However, this has all improved.
“He got a few fights in and then the light came on,” added Kellington. “He got his co-ordination down and his boxing has really improved. And, he’s training every night.”
He said he has some of the younger, smaller guys fighting too. Kellington enjoyed those fights because it’s “all offence and no defence” which in itself makes for interesting battles.
He said when his son Taigan, now in his mid-twenties, used to fight in the light divisions the youngster told the elder Kellington once during a fight why he was just throwing punches with no defence:
“If I hit him first, he can’t hit me back.”
Two clubs from Edmonton will have fighters as will Red Deer, Regina, Calgary and of course Medicine Hat. Swift Current will not have anyone involved.
Kellington said he made most of the practice nights, but with a new job, he was quite busy.
“Brandi (Kukura) was there and helped me out lots, but she’s moving to Medicine Hat (soon),” explained Kellington who admitted he’s not sure what he’ll do now.
He has no plans in shutting the program down, but he will have to come up with a strategy moving forward.
“We’ll cross that road when we come to it. I hate to stop. I mean that Symes kid (for example) has come a long ways. I hate to leave the kids hanging.”
He had 21 younger members with about a dozen making it out on a consistent basis.
The April 13 event begins with supper at 5 p.m. with the boxing to hit the ring at 7 p.m. The always top-notch roast beef supper and boxing is $20 while the boxing only is $10.
“The Rec Club always keeps it affordable for the family.”
As always there are five elite-positioned, ring-side tables, one of which was as tradition, is auctioned off at the Acadia Valley Ice to Dice Curling Bonspiel. Jordan Kuhn Farms paid a whopping $1,400 for the table.
They’re in for a slugfest.
For more info on the event, phone Kellington at 403-502-2007.