TRENTON – As their 25th anniversary year comes to a close, the Albion Amateur Boxing Club is hoping to end on a high note.
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Six local boxers will be travelling to Truro and Lower Sackville this weekend for their final bouts of the year. Back row from left: Al Archibald (coach), Dawson Fraser, Dawson Bowes and Cameron MacDonald. Front row: Kage MacDonald, Zach Vaughn and Gavin Tracey.
Yesterday was the last training night at the Albion club until the fall, but the club has a busy finish to the season as six boxers are involved in two separate cards this weekend. After that they also have four boxers who will compete in the Canadian Golden Gloves in Cornwall, Ont.
Coach Jim Worthen said the club had an exciting 25th anniversary year and that after they wrap up their season with this weekend’s cards they are looking forward to preparing for the fall.
“We competed at the Atlantic Golden Gloves in Cape Breton a few weeks ago, but we’re excited to now have four boxers that have been invited to the Canadian Golden Gloves to finish our year,” he said. “Since we are done our season here they will train with provincial coach Wayne Gordon in Halifax over the next few weeks.”
With that event a few weeks away, July 7-13, the focus is on this weekend.
Three boxers will be on Friday night’s card in Truro, while three will be in Lower Sackville Saturday.
Coming off a victory in his first-ever bout, Kage MacDonald, a flyweight (51kg), will box a hometown Truro boxer this week. MacDonald started boxing in December and said that his May bout in North Sydney was a big learning experience.
“It was tough and I was a little nervous, but I’ve been working on my cardio and defence since that bout,” he said. “I did find the punches a little lighter because I spar bigger people here at our club, but he was quick and still hit hard.”
Boxing in the lightweight (60kg) division against a Dartmouth opponent on the Truro card will be Dawson Fraser, while Dawson Bowes will face a Cape Breton boxer in the light-heavyweight (78kg) class.
On Saturday a pair of Albion boxers, Zach Vaughn and Gavin Tracey, will have their first bouts in Sackville. Both strawweights (45kg), Tracey will face a Sackville opponent, while Vaughn is lined up against a boxer from Berwick.
Although it is Tracey’s first regulation bout he did have an exhibition bout during the Albion’s 25th anniversary card. That was a great experience, but he said it hasn’t prepared him any better for the actual environment he’ll face this weekend.
“No, I think it just makes me more nervous knowing how big a crowd there will be,” he said. “It’s a little better not having many people there that will know me, but I’ll still be nervous when I get in there.”
He has only been boxing since September, a decision he made after getting bored with hockey. After trying it out he’s loved the sport since. The most challenging part has been the workouts, but he knows he needs to do that to be ready for a bout.
Vaughn also joined the club this year, but he never started until January. His focus has been on dodging punches and improving his cardio and, like Tracey, he has found the workouts to be the toughest part of the sport.
In preparation for this weekend he has been running a lot to ensure his cardio is where it needs to be.
“When I get in the ring I want to be ready and do what I do when I’m in the ring sparring,” said Vaughn. “I need to focus on not getting hit and hitting the other person.”
The final boxer taking part in the Saturday card is Cameron MacDonald. He’ll face a Sackville boxer in the welterweight (67kg) division.
MacDonald, Bowes, Fraser and Keegan Worthen are travelling to Ontario in a few weeks for the Canadian Golden Gloves.
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