TRENTON – Three local boxers will have their first taste of competition in the ring this Saturday at Centre 200.
Coach Jim Worthen and four boxers will make the Albion Amateur Boxing Clubs annual trip to Cape Breton for their card. He said they are looking forward to getting each boxer some time and experience in the ring before their home card in April.
Dawson Fraser, 14, is the lone boxer on the trip who has had a bout before, having won his first just a few months ago in Moncton by a technical knockout. He learned from his experience and hopes to carry that forward to this weekend in his lightweight bout.
“I’ve been working on keeping my hands up and moving my head more,” he said. “In the ring the coaches have been helping me improve my defence, my jab and staying away (from their punches).”
Fraser is only in his second year at the club after hearing about it from Brady MacDonald, who was in a few bouts of his own this year. He said he’s enjoyed every minute of it since getting involved.
The oldest boxer fighting this weekend is Michael Jordan, who will fight in the heavyweight division. At 19 years old he joined the club this year after watching boxing on TV and wanting to get involved.
“I’m over the top excited to have my first bout,” said Jordan. “I’ve just been training harder than I thought I could to get ready for it and I’m hoping for the best.
“I just want to get hit less than the other guy. I’m not sure how it’s going to go, but I just want to do my best.”
For both Keegan Worthen, 15, and Austin Levi, 17, they will have their first bouts this weekend, which are the first step in preparing them for the North American Indigenous Games this summer in Saskatchewan.
Worthen, a heavyweight boxer, said he is really excited, yet nervous at the same time for his first bout. He started boxing last year after UFC sparked his interest and he talked to people who went to the club.
“I really enjoy the sport because it’s great for losing weight and learning how to box,” he said. “This weekend I’m just going to keep my head on the goals we’ve got like focusing on my defence.”
Levi, a welterweight, was involved in the sport a few years ago before taking a break until September.
“I’m ready to fight and I’m looking forward to winning,” said Levi. “I’m not too worried. I’m just trying to stay relaxed and be ready to go on Saturday.”
His cardio has been the main focus as of late, along with keeping his hands up and moving smoothly around the ring.
All four boxers, as well as numerous other locals, will also be participating in the Albion’s boxing card at Summer Street Industries on April 5.
“We’re excited to have our first card in a few years, with these four and a number of other Albion boxers,” said Jim Worthen. “It’s always exciting being able to box at home for the club so that the community can see the boxers and how much work they put into it.”
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