The Clash is back.
After a hiatus, the Clash at the Cascades amateur boxing series has returned to the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre.
The last Clash show was July 13 at the Coast.
The 20th Clash installment, taking place this Friday (Oct. 5), is headlined by a main event that will decide the best welterweight in the Lower Mainland, and perhaps the province.
George Vourtsis of Sunshine Coast Boxing Club won the City welterweight title over Harrison's Josh Van Ryan last February, in what Clash promoter and matchmaker Dave Allison described as the "fight of the year."
"The fight was amazing and took a toll on Vourtsis, who broke his hand." Allison said.
After three rounds Vourtsis was behind on two of three cards but stormed back to stop Van Ryan with only seconds left in a bout that saw boxing fans on their feet for most of the contest.
Vourtsis's opponent, Jarik Brown of Action Boxing is undefeated in his last three contests, with two wins and a draw.
Allison described Brown as a "come-ahead pressure fighter" and he expects that he will test Vourtsis all the way.
"It would not be surprising if Vourtsis finds himself in another fight of the year after Clash 20," Allison said.
Brandon Shorter of Revolution will face Kory Grim in an eliminator for the City light heavyweight strap.
The two have been on a collision course for a few months and will finally meet, Allison said.
On the other side of the elimination process are Darren Featherstone of Bisla's and Julian Kim of Port Kells.
The winners of these bouts will go against each other for the title Nov. 2.
Mat Andreatta of City Boxing will rematch undefeated southpaw Francis Codilla of Contenders.
Codilla won a decision over Andreatta back on Aug. 10.
In total, 10 matches are expected, including a bout involving Rob Pryce of North Burnaby and Randy Hollett of Sunshine Coast.
North Burnaby's Remy Lavoie is scheduled to go up against Sia Fard of Action Gym in a welterweight fight.
Manny Dhillon of Siutela Boxing will face Justin Lee of Sunshine Coast in a middleweight contest.
Christian Antonio from Port Kells will see the ring for the first time when he meets Scott Woodward of Four Corners Boxing in a lightweight bout.
Josh Lauriente of Port Kells will tackle fellow 11-year-old Gavin Bisla of Bisla Martial Arts in a tyke contest.
Both youngsters are expected to weigh in at 80 pounds.
A sparring session featuring Fort Langley's Sarah Pucek and North Vancouver's Jaime Ward kicks off the show.
Pucek, a product of City Boxing, is training for a Canadian title match that takes place Oct. 27, when she meets Lucia Larcinese from Montreal.
The Canadian Boxing Federation's Championship Committee is sanctioning the Pucek-Larcinese bout, which will be for the vacant Canadian featherweight championship.
Pucek is coming off a layoff and has been ranked as high as No. 10 in the world by the World Boxing Council (WBC), as well as other sanctioning bodies.
Ward's pro debut was a successful one, in which she won by decision over Brandy Badry of Edmonton.
The two are longtime sparring partners and will put on an entertaining display of boxing, Allison believes.
"This is a show with everything: we have juniors fighting for the first time and a welterweight title fight, and everything in between," Allison said.
Doors open at 7 p.m. at the Coast ballroom and the action will start at 7: 30 p.m.
Children ages 12 and under get in free, and tickets are available at the door.
The Coast Hotel and Convention Centre is at 20393 Fraser Highway, beside Cascades Casino.
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