Langley’s Friday Clash will have championship vibe

No fewer than four amateur boxing titles will be on the line Friday at the Coast Hotel.

This weekend, there will be lots of rumbling in downtown Langley with the arrival of the annual Cruise-In car show that takes over the streets on Sept. 12.

The night before one of the largest show and shines in Western Canada, amateur boxers will be doing some rumbling of their own inside the Coast Hotel ballroom.

On Sept. 11, the Clash at the Cascades boxing series returns to the convention centre next to the Cascades Casino and the main event will feature a long anticipated rematch between B.C. super welterweight champion Josh Wright and B.C. welterweight champion Oliver Vajda.

The original match took place almost two years ago at 147 pounds, and the win went to Maple Ridge’s Vajda via split decision.

This time around, Wright, who represents White Rock’s Ocean City Boxing Club, will be defending his title against Vajda who boxes for Carlson Gracie’s based out of Maple Ridge.

“The five round fight should provide an exciting main event in what will be an exciting overall card,” Clash promoter and matchmaker Dave Allison said.

There will be three City championship matches on the show that is being dubbed “Championship Boxing.”

The City title represents a regional title that covers the activity around the Lower Mainland.

At super middleweight, Manny Dhillon of Suitela in Surrey will take on Brendan Kim of Surrey’s Port Kells Boxing Club for a City championship.

Scotty Woodward of Langley City Boxing will take on Jeremy Cooke of Carlson Gracie’s for the City super lightweight championship.

Cooke and Woodward faced each other last July and in a split decision, the match was awarded to Woodward.

Meanwhile, Tyson Gemby also from Gracie’s took on Cole Hamel of New Era Boxing Club last July.

The bout was declared a draw by the judges and was, in Allison’s estimation, “the best fight of the night on the July 4 show.”

The two repeat this fight and will decide who will be the City middleweight titleholder.

Along with the four title matches, there will be at least another four preliminary bouts at Clash at the Cascades 38, Championship Boxing.

“Clash at the Cascades continues to be the premier boxing event in B.C.,”Allison said.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 7 p.m.

There is free parking and bar service.

Tickets at the door at $30 and boxing fans ages 12 and under are admitted free of charge.

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