The Slave Lake Boxing Club took four boxers down to Calgary on Saturday, April 6. Kayleigh Nahachick boxed a girl from Meadow Lake Saskatchewan in her first bout and did very well. She’ll be one to watch in the future, says head coach Lee Tanghe.
“It was a fun match with both girls’ hands being raised but if it had been scored, Kayleigh would have won.”
Humberto Espinosa won by split decision against a tough Torin Glazebrook from Drayton Valley – a fight that could have gone either way.
Jerico Aringo had a tough fight as nerves took their toll on him, but he finished the fight. He lost by unanimous decision.
“Every time these two box it’s a good fight,” says Tanghe. This was their third match. Oliver leads 2 – 1.
“All in all (a) great weekend,” Tanghe says. “The boys are getting the experience they need to compete at a higher level and that’s all we can ask for.”
Tanghe also says a big ‘thank you’ is in order to Rick Duff and Tommy Dominique for helping out in the corners.
In other news, Neal Boer had one fight at the March 10 provincial championships in Leduc. He beat Owen Pitcher, thereby becoming a provincial champion!
It was Boer’s first-ever match, says Tanghe. He stopped Pitcher 30 seconds in.
This past weekend, Boer and Julie Vance were due to box at a card in Edmonton. Boer was matched up with Colton Scott and Vance against Zara Larkin – both of Edmonton.
Tanghe says Vance and Nahachick are keen and work hard.
“They’ve got natural talent,” he says.
Local boxing fans get a chance to see these youngsters in action when the Diamond Belt card takes place June 1 in Slave Lake.