In the B.C. amateur boxing world, thereâ€™s gold to be had at the Coast Hotel and Convention Centreâ€™s ballroom on Friday, Aug. 1.
On the road to potential B.C. Golden Gloves titles, there is the Silver Gloves show which was held June 27 at the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre in downtown Langley.
The nine finals were a display of balance of senior boxers and youth, in what was a blend of entry-level and mid-level boxers, said show organizer and Langley City Boxing manager Dave Allison.
Elite boxers were not involved and will be at the Golden Gloves Aug 1.
Any boxer who won a Silver Gloves bout now has the opportunity compete in the Gold.
Allison reported that the â€œfight of the nightâ€ saw 15-year-old Danny Buckley from Kelownaâ€™s Madkatz Boxing Club take on Pavan Jirh, 16, of Surreyâ€™s Bisla Martial Arts. The bout was a real give-and-take with Jirh building a solid lead with an outstanding jab and good movement.
Halfway into the second round the bout turned into a brawl and this style favored Buckley, who dropped Jirh late in the round.
â€œOver the third it was mostly Buckley but was competitive,â€ Allison noted. â€œThe decision went to Buckley as did the coveted Silver Boy Award as the outstanding boxer of the tournament.â€
The final bout of the night was a senior welterweight tilt featuring Langley City Boxingâ€™s Scott Woodward taking on undefeated Keagan Ballard of Carlson Gracie MMA, out of Maple Ridge.
Ballard was not only undefeated, he has never heard the final bell since he has stopped all of his opponents.
â€œThe first round was a solid round for Woodward who hurt Ballard during the round,â€ Allison said. â€œBallard came back to win rounds two and three and the fight was a one-point fight in favor of Ballard.â€
Another match of note pitted a pair of 15 year olds against each other.
Bisla Martial Arts boxer Anmol Somal took on Brandon Balbirnie of Zues Fight Science from 100 Mile House.
It was an entertaining bout with Somal taking the win and the distinction of runner up for Silver Boy.
It was â€œa great night of boxingâ€ in front of 300-plus fans, Allison said.
FINAL BELL: Langley City Boxing product Mat Andreatta was on the card but didnâ€™t end up competing after his opponent pulled out with one day’s notice, Allison said.