The boys over at the Westville Boxing Club have been waiting a long time for Sept. 21 to arrive.
That’s when the two-year-old club will stage its first-ever card at Northumberland Regional High School in Alma.
“They’ve been waiting all summer for this,” said WBC head coach Aaron Kinch, who also will take part in a para-boxing match that night.
“They’re very excited, the sparring’s been going great, the boys are focused in the gym and they’re doing the roadwork.”
Aside from Kinch, representing the Westville club will be Hunter Naugle (he has a won-loss record of 6-4 in his amateur career), Bohan Pettipas (11-1), and Xander Martin, who lost his only amateur fight in New Brunswick, in what Kinch called “a controversial split decision. Even people from New Brunswick thought he won the fight.”
It’s not just the younger boxers who are looking forward to Sept. 21. Kinch said he is also “nervously excited” to see how things go.
“I’m very excited for it. I’ve got some good matches for the Westville boys.”
Albion Boxing Club fighter Matt Fraser, the 2018 Canadian champion and member of Team Canada who fought at the 2019 Canada Games, will also appear on the card, which is slated to have 14 bouts (subject to change).
The doors open at 6 p.m. and the punches start flying at 7 p.m.
Tables with seating for up to 10 people are $250, and individual tickets are $20 at the door. The event is non-licensed.
Anyone 12 and under will be admitted free, if accompanied by an adult. There will be a live DJ as well as entertainment for the kids, with a special appearance from a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.