REPORTING · 14th April 2011
The Kitimat Boxing Club is getting ready for the Golden Gloves. On Sunday, April 10th, they held an in house tournament to prepare for the up and coming event.
“We had an in house tournament which featured some of the Kitimat boxers against each other,” said Bill Franklin, head boxing coach. “It was all in preparation for a Golden Gloves tournament, May 14th partially sponsored by Hawkair.”
One part of the in house tournament on April 10th was a special bout for the mothers, sisters and girlfriends of the boxers to show them just what kind of workout the boxers are doing and what they go through.
The rules were simple. The boxer could only defend himself and was not allowed to throw a punch. The sister, girlfriend or mother on the other hand was able to throw punches.
“For a couple of them, it was a real eye opener in that the boys were only able to defend themselves,” said Franklyn. “Going the two minute round was quite a challenge for them so they now understand just how much these guys have to be in shape to do what they do.”
“I learned that a minute and a half; and two minutes, is a long time,” laughed Jennifer Senfp who boxed with her son, Michael Pirrotta. “I’m exhausted and tired and didn’t realize how tiring it is.”
Franklin hoped the list of boxers for the Golden Gloves tournament would be complete this week.
Sam Maclachlen takes her Fiancé Cody Anderson for a spin in the ring to learn how much endurance a boxer needs.