Diamond Belt boxing returns to Slave Lake Nov. 2

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Boxing entertainment is back in Slave Lake this weekend with the Alberta Diamond Belt event. Hosted by the Slave Lake Boxing Club, and taking place at the Slave Lake Inn, the card promises some good amateur boxing – some of it involving local talent.

“We’re hoping to get four or five locals,” says head coach Lee Tanghe.
Such as?

“Carl Knight, Humberto Espinosa, Kayleigh Nahachick, Ayden Comeau and Mahihkan Thunder.”

The card includes a couple of bouts that will be qualifiers for the Olympic trials. Tanghe says the winners will join the Alberta squad going to Montreal to compete for a place on Canada’s Olympic team.

Knight, as it happens, is also in the hunt for the Olympic tryouts. He won his first match, in Calgary, and this past weekend was his final qualifying match. That was against Odane Scott in Edmonton.

“We’re in tough,” says Tanghe.

Getting back to the show at the SL Inn, doors open at 5:30, dinner is at six and the first fight is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tanghe says there will be 14 fights altogether, involving kids as young as seven and up to 35 years of age, both male and female.

Advance tickets are $20. Ringside tables are available (or were, as of this writing) for $800. A table in the second row goes for $600. That includes a meal.

Tanghe says the two-a-week training sessions (Monday and Wednesday, 7 – 9 p.m. at Roland Michener School) are being well-attended.

Training sessions are for people wanting a workout as well as for competitive boxers. Registration is open all year round, he says.

SL Boxing Club members take time out from their training for a picture.
Photo courtesy Lee Tanghe.

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