By John DeCoste
The Evangeline Trail Amateur Boxing Club held the second boxing card of the season Oct. 27 at the Annapolis Valley First Nation community centre in Cambridge.
It was the first time the AVFN played host to a boxing card, and head coach Bryan Gibson didn’t rule out the possibility of another card being held there again someday.
There were a total of 10 bouts, and seven Valley boxers took part, five from the host club and two from the Pegasus Amateur Boxing Club in Middleton.
Gibson confirmed that for many of his boxers, it was their first competitive bout. “It’s hard to predict in advance how they‘re going to react, but it’s great experience for them,” he said.
In the first bout of the evening, Devon Bezanson of the ETABC lost to Dominic Hebert from Moncton when the referee stopped the fight in the first round.
In the second bout, Pat Rhodenizer of the South Shore club won a unanimous decision over Mason MacPherson of Halifax. This bout was later chosen the best bout of the evening.
The third bout saw Natalie Fagan from Sydney score a unanimous decision over Monica Coyle of the Pegasus club. It was the third time Coyle and Fagan had fought each other, and the first time Fagan had won.
The fourth bout between Mike Elliott from Moncton and Ricky Morrison of the ETABC went in Elliott’s favour when the referee stopped the bout after Morrison took two standing eight counts in the same round.
In bout number five, Morgan Donaldson of Truro defeated Tyler Grady of the Real Deal club in Dartmouth.
Bout six, between Derrick Mercer of the ETABC and Brett Beaton of the City of Lakes club in Dartmouth, was stopped in the third round, and the decision awarded to Beaton, after Mercer took two standing eight counts in the same round.
In bout seven, Shilo Stafer of Moncton defeated Steve Lalancette of Halifax in a bout described by judge Terri-Ann Gibson as “an excellent boxing match featuring great skills.”
In bout number eight, Lori Brown of the South Shore defeated Zoe Hunter of the ETABC. In bout nine, Matt Grady from the Halifax club earned the decision over John Hammer from the Citadel club, also in Halifax.
The tenth and final bout of the evening was an all-Valley event, featuring Kirstin Pineo of the ETABC and Paige Sellar from the Pegasus club, with Sellar earning the decision.