REPORTING · 18th May 2010
The Kitimat Boxing Club held their Annual Aluminium Gloves Tournament on Saturday, May 15th. The boxing fans came out for spectacular bouts. There were a total of 12 bouts for the evening and one break.
There were two sparing matches during the evening, one between Matthew Ruff and Clint Weber, the other between Navjit Pannu and Aiden Abreu. All four boxers in the sparing matches were from the Kitimat Boxing club.
The four exhibition matches were so fierce, Refferee Ian Gibson had to occasionally remind the boxers: these are exhibitions. The first was between Devin Mooney from the Quesnel Boxing Club and Jon Green from the Spruce Capital Boxing Club in Prince George. Jake Stomquist took on Matt O’Flynn; both were from Quesnel. Marcus Sandu from the Astoria Boxing Club in Vancouver challenged McKinzie Koon from the Spruce Capital Club. The final Exhibition was between Ty McIntire of Burns Lake and Scot Matiuz of Kitimat.
There were 6 ranked bouts during the tournament. Three of these consisted of 3 two minute rounds, while the other three were fought by more experienced boxers and consisted of 3 three minute rounds.
Among the first half of the tournment, the first ranked bout was between Dan Frederickson of Kitimat in the red and Hank Lukan from Spruce Capital in the blue. After three rounds, Lukan came out on top. Following, Luke Creighton of Astoria in red took home the trophy after his fight with Chad Alexander, of the Sha-O-Lin Boxing Club in blue. In the second half of the tournament, Dann Mott from Quesnel Boxing Club lost to Fumisuke Kimura from the Astoria Boxing Club in blue.
The last three bouts of the tournament were when the competition started heating up. The first of these bouts was the headline bout between Landon Belmont from Kitimat and Brandon Kragt from the Spruce Capital Boxing Club. While Belmont spent the first round sizing up his opponent, Kragt spent the first round punching.
In the second round, Kragt drew blood and the fight had to be paused so Doctor Haung, the fight doctor could take a look at him. By round three, it was pretty well over. Belmont, who spent the fight taking more punches than he was returning appeared dazed and Kragt was declared the victor.
Harley Mulvahill from Williams Lake and Arash Ghorbani from Astoria took to the ring next. Their bout was fierce and Gibson had to stop the fight several times in the first round to give the boxers warnings. This was given the title of best bout of the tournament. Mulvahill took home the trophy.
The final bout of the evening was between Thomas Speirs of the Spruce Capital Club and Ray Beaulieu of the Quesnel Club. Speirs won as this fight ended in the only Technical Knock Out of the Tournament after two good punches in the third round.
At the end of the tournament, a special prize was given to referee Ian Gibson for all the work he puts into running and refereeing the tournements.
Best Bout of the night with good reason, Harley Mulvahill in blue takes home the win over Arash Ghorbani
Ian Gibson took home Best Ref of the tournament.
Jon Greene takes a punch at Devin Mooney in the secound bout.
Hank Lukan defeated Dan Fredrickson in the fourth bout of the night