TRENTON – It’s been three years since the Albion Amateur Boxing Club hosted a card in Pictou County, but on their 25th anniversary they’re making it a big one.
There will be 12 Albion boxers with bouts next Saturday, April 5, at Summer Street industries for their card. In the past they were happy to have five or six local boxers in the lineup, but this year they wanted to make it big.
“We’re very excited as we’ve been working on this for months,” said coach Jim Worthen. “We’re excited to have so many good up-and-coming boxers in the lineup and have the largest number of locals on one of our cards ever.”
There will be plenty of variety to the show as well according to Worthen. They will have all three age categories (junior, youth and senior) represented with novice 11-year-olds opening the night. There are three local heavyweights boxing as well as a female bout featuring Shania MacPhee, a silver medalist from nationals in November.
“All bouts are subject to change without notice as there are a number of variables in making sure the lineup stays the way we have it, but we hope all the bouts we have lined up stay on the show,” said Worthen. “We’re proud of the variety we have and expect it to be an exciting night.”
The main event will feature Brady MacDonald, a national bronze medalist, against Colton Perry of Charlottetown. Both have five years of experience boxing, were in the same division at nationals, which will make for a great bout according Worthen.
Worthen added that this card has a certain level of excitement that isn’t comparable to other major events the club has attended this year. He said there’s nothing like boxing at home.
“We were in Quebec for nationals and had the opportunity to take multiple boxers and coach Al Archibald for the first time, which has a certain level of excitement,” said Worthen. “Then a few weeks ago we were at Centre 200 in Cape Breton for a big card with 1,000 people there to watch, which has a different level of excitement again. Boxing in your hometown is so unique and special though. There is so much local interest with family and friends in attendance, plus fans like to see locals in a show at home.”
Tickets for the card are available through any club member or at Big Al’s for $12 in advance. On the night of the card doors will open at 6 p.m. with boxing set to start at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $15 at the door.
40 kg Max MacCallum vs. Brent Howard of N.B.
40 kg Gavin Tracey vs. John Roberts of N.B.
64 kg Shania MacPhee vs. Lori Brown of Bridgewater
67 kg Austin Levi vs. Jacob Ferninad of Truro
76 kg Triston Dewtie vs. Josh Prince of Sydney
60 kg Dawson Fraser vs. Aaron Cristain of Sydney
90 kg Mike Jordan vs. Trevor Dauphinne of Glace Bay
90 kg Dawson Bowes vs. Robert Taylor of N.B.
90 kg Keegan Worthen vs. Donald Rolls of N.B.
78 kg Angus Butt vs. Colten Granthouse of Glace Bay
51 kg Brady MacDonald vs. Colton Perry of Charlottetown
*All bouts subject to change without notice