The 29th edition of the popular amateur boxing series, Clash at the Cascades, is a go this Friday (May 9), and the card is all about new young boxers coming into the system.
â€œBoxing is hot,â€ said Dave Allison, president of Combsport, the non-profit that regulates amateur boxing in B.C. â€œWe have never had so many youngsters wanting to box and be involved in the sport. We decided to have a show that will highlight these athletes.â€
All of them will not get to fight because there is only so much room on the card.
Allison, who also heads up Langleyâ€™s City Boxing, said the event thatâ€™s being dubbed Young Guns III â€œwill be exciting.â€
The feature bout will see Surreyâ€™s Beneet Bisla in his toughest match to date.
The 17-year-old Bisla, the current B.C. youth champion at 154 pounds, will take on Ron Pryce, a senior boxer and former B.C. welterweight champion who is currently ranked No. 2 in the 160 pound weight category.
â€œThis will be a great fight and a ground breaking match for young Bisla,â€ Allison predicted.
Allison said Bisla has improved greatly and, this coming October, will compete in the Youth Division at the WBC Canadian championships in Toronto.
His younger brother Gavin, 12, will meet fellow 12-year-old Chris Fortham of Suitela Martial Arts in the 90-pound division.
There will be a twin main event featuring two heavyweight bouts.
The top of the card will see Aaron Downy of Surreyâ€™s World Kickboxing going up against Dan Baxter of Naniamoâ€™s Tomari MMA.
Surreyâ€™s Colin Nicholson, who represents Suitela, will take on Sam Moses as part of the heavyweight doubleheader.
A dozen bouts are expected at the Coast Hotel ballroom.
The night includes card girls, a bar service and free parking.
Those ages 12 and under are admitted free and tickets can be had at the door, which opens at 7 p.m. The boxing get underway at 7:30 p.m.
Surrey has seven active boxing clubs within Combsport and is the most active boxing community in B.C, followed by Vancouver with four clubs, Allison noted.
Combsport has 41 clubs around the province as well one in the Yukon.
Bisla Martial Arts was awarded the Combsport Cup as the yearâ€™s outstanding boxing club.
â€œThe club has produced some great young boxers over the past few years,â€ Allison said. â€œThey have a great program and complement the depth of competitors within Combsport.â€
The full name of Combsport is â€œBritish Colubia Combative Sports Associationâ€ and the association sanctions only amateur boxing, and is affiliated with the WBC Canada and World Boxing Council International.
Young Guns III
What: Amateur boxing
Where: Coast Hotel, 20393 Fraser Hwy
When: Friday, May 9. Doors open at 7 p.m., first bout at roughly 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: At the door