Brody Blair ready for first bout at Commonwealth Games

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Brody Blair is ready to fight.
The 22-year-old boxer from Lyons Brook is in Glasgow Scotland for the Commonwealth Games. He will have his first fight at 7:40 p.m. Glasgow time Saturday.

Boxer Brody Blair, who competes in the 75kg weight class trains at the Pictou County Wellness Centre using a tennis ball attached to an elastic to improve hand eye coordination.

Brody Blair is ready to fight.

The 22-year-old boxer from Lyons Brook is in Glasgow Scotland for the Commonwealth Games. He will have his first fight at 7:40 p.m. Glasgow time Saturday.

With sparring in Montreal and some more training after he arrived in Glasgow, Blair said he is tapering down and getting ready to fight.

His first opponent is Abdul Bangura of Sierra Leone. He is 30 and has been boxing since he was 6.

While he’s younger than his opponent, Blair is no stranger to competition.

Aside from winning national competitions, he’s also had the chance to compete at the PanAm Games where he won bronze.

“I have always been the younger guy in the ring,” he said by phone from Glasgow. “I’ve already been through that. That’s just another fight really.”

He said he’s never had the chance to see Bangura fight, but knows not to take anyone lightly in this competition.

Overall the experience has been amazing so far, he said.

“The rooms are nice,” he said. “The food is amazing.”

He and his teammates had a chance to take a look at the venue they’ll be boxing in  which seats thousands of people, similar to what he saw during the PanAm Games.

The atmosphere has also been great with Canada already getting some medals.

“Everyone is pumped up and ready to go,” he said.

Blair’s friend and fellow teammate Custio Clayton of Halifax will be boxing tonight in the 68 kg. round.

“He’s going to start us off. Hopefully he can get the ball rolling with a strong win.”

Organizations: Commonwealth Games, Halifax

Geographic location: Glasgow, Lyons Brook, Montreal Sierra Leone Canada

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