Langley’s Clash turns 40

A monthly amateur boxing event marks a milestone Friday with what’s shaping up to be an exciting card.

Forty is quite a milestone and when it comes to the Clash at the Cascades, it never gets old.

Amateur boxing returns to the Coast hotel ballroom on Friday with the the 40th installment of the Clash at the The Cascades, which promoter and matchmake Dave Allison describes as “the premier boxing event in B.C.”

The first show of 2016 will see the return of two welterweights in a very significant bout.

Josh Wright has held two Combsport BC championships, one at welterweight (147 lb.) and one at super welterweight (154 lb.).

Wright, from White Rock who boxes out of Ocean City Boxing Club, has been inactive and will have his hands full when he meets Ilya Kovalenko of Vancouver’s Raincity Boxing.

Kovalenko was last seen at the Cascades at the 2014 Golden Gloves.

“Who will evolve to challenge welterweight champion Oliver Vajda in 2016?” Allison wondered. “The Wright-Kovalenko fight should answer this question.”

The semi-main will feature a rematch between Langley City Boxing’s Scott Woodward and Jeremy Cooke of Prince George in a Super Lightweight (140 lb.) match-up.

Woodward won the first bout with a split decision win in what was a very close and competitive affair.

A long-time member of Combsport BC, Surrey’s World Kickboxing Academy is increasing their boxing footprint by having three boxers in the mix, Allison noted.

WKX’s Cody Robertson will take his undefeated record into a match with Cole Hamel of Ocean City who is also undefeated in this scheduled super middleweight bout.

Liz Jackson of WKX will see her first action against Melina Gomez of Eastside Boxing.

Also WKX’s Junior Faraan will take on Jason Nehal of Prince George in a 120 lb. bout.

A high profile female bout will see Eastside Boxing’s Anna Farrant taking on former club-mate Sarah Fraske, now of Titan, in a 147 lb. tilt.

“Port Kells will have two of the three Serrano Brothers fighting, one at 140 lbs. and one at 147,” Allison noted.

The nine-bout card is Friday at the Coast Hotel ballroom, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and bouts beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Parking is free.

General admission is $30 and $40 for ringside, while kids 12 and under get in free.

There is also a bar service available.

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