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REPORTING · 20th November 2014
Walter McFarlane
The Kitimat Boxing Club is preparing for a tournament on Saturday, December 6th at 7:00 pm. On Thursday, November 13th, the boxers were out with a practice tournament so they could better understand how a real one would work.

Members of the boxing club were taking turns as judges, timers, managing the corners for the fighters and of course, duking it out in the ring. They were given instructions on what to bring, what to wear and even how to dodge blows, ducking in a manner which will not cause the referee to pause the fight.

The action was still fierce in the practice tournament and the new members of the club had many opportunities to learn the ropes through experience. They also had an opportunity to watch a body sparing exhibition.

Taking an opportunity as referee in the ring was local boxer Landon Belmont who is learning to be referee. Belmont brought home a Bronze Medal from the nationals in 2009. Ian Gibson, BC Chief Official will be joining him on fight night.

If you want to learn how to box, the Kitimat Boxing Club works out on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 7:00-9:00 pm. The drop in fee is $5 and you can come down for recreation or to compete.

“We are working out with an average of 12 [boxers] every night. It’s a good hard core,” said Boxing Coach Bill Franklin.

On December 6th, there will be 6 scheduled bouts. There are boxers coming from Vancouver, New Hazelton and Kitimat. Only one of the bouts will involve teenagers, the rest will be adults. Admission is $10.