Golden performance at Atlantic championship

Christopher Cameron
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Albion boxers win three of four fights in Cape Breton

TRENTON – A small club with big results, yet again.

Members of the Albion Amateur Boxing Club pose with their medals from the inaugural Atlantic Golden Gloves Boxing Championship held last weekend in Dominion, Nova Scotia. Pictured in back from left: Austin Levi and Cameron MacDonald. Front: Max MacCallum. Missing from photo: Dawson Fraser. 

The Albion Amateur Boxing Club had three of four boxers return home with gold medals this week from the inaugural Atlantic Golden Gloves Boxing Championship held in Dominion, Nova Scotia.

Max MacCallum opened the weekend for the Trenton-based club in the strawweight (40kg) division against Avery Gale of Sydney. MacCallum lost a split decision, his first regulation bout after an exhibition bout during the Albion’s April 5 card held at Summer Street Industries.

“I was a lot more nervous than I thought I would be,” said MacCallum. “It’s a big difference from sparing with your friends here.”

Looking back at his first two bouts in front of large crowds he said he hasn’t struggled with being able to focus on the task at hand. His coaches have taught him how to focus on things within the ring.

“Once you get in there you would think it would be hard (to focus), but I’ve learned how to focus on what is going on in the ring and easily cancel out everything around me,” he said.

Cameron MacDonald used his height and reach against Jacob Rising to win his debut welterweight (67kg) bout with a unanimous decision.

“It was a great experience,” said MacDonald. “I was nervous and excited because it was my first fight. I found it easier than our spars because the coaches work us hard here.”

After his experience he said he realized how important the cardio is that the coaches focus on a lot in the gym. He said knowing what to expect in a bout makes all his training make more sense and he appreciates the program the coaches put each of them through.

Also a welterweight, Austin Levi won a rematch of his bout with Jacob Ferdinand during the Albion’s 25th anniversary card. Levi was declared the winner after the first round with a TKO by injury.

“I knew he was training harder and harder because it was a rematch, so I was training as hard as I could,” he said. “I didn’t want to make it easy on him by not being ready for the bout.

“I’ve just been training harder since the bout here and have been trying to fight in different ways every time I’m in the ring.”

In the fourth bout of the weekend for the club, Dawson Fraser ran his record to 4-0 with a split decision victory over Aaron Christian in the lightweight (60kg) division.

Next weekend the club will be back in Cape Breton, this time in North Sydney on May 31 for a number of bouts. Coach Jim Worthen said they are still finalizing their schedule, but hope to have a few boxers attend the card.

On Twitter: @NGNewsChris

Organizations: Albion Amateur Boxing Club, Street Industries

Geographic location: Cape Breton, Dominion, Nova Scotia Sydney North Sydney

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  • bobby fore
    May 23, 2014 - 07:08

    good job fellas, keep up the great work!