WESTVILLE – Aaron Kinch will be like any dad when his son steps into the boxing ring for the very first time.
“Oh, a hundred per cent nervous, yeah. There’s absolutely no doubt about that,” said Aaron, who also is the head coach at the Westville Boxing Club.
“I’m nervous right now for it,” he said last Friday, “but I’m very confident he’ll go up there and do well.”
Liam Kinch is one of two WBC fighters who will take part on a Sept. 22 fight card in Rothesay, N.B.; the other is 15-year-old Evan Montgomery, who has four matches under his belt, winning two of them.
Liam started boxing just a couple of months ago, but does have a black belt in karate and after a summer of training and sparring, his coach thinks he’s ready.
“I’ve been training really hard, I’ve been waiting for this,” said Liam.
“Everybody has a little bit of nerves – it’s natural – but the thing is to use it to your advantage to keep you sharp.”
Montgomery’s experience is helping to turn him into a better fighter, the coach said.
“The difference in Evan between now and his last fight is phenomenal. He’s using his nice long punches and now he’s settling down and using them, getting the better flow. He’s been training a lot.”