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Vernon boxers jab to victory at Kelowna event

Roland Ingram and Tyler Colins won their respective bouts each by decision
Vernon boxers Roland Ingram (middle) and Tyler Colins (far left) won their bouts at a charity boxing event in Kelowna on Saturday, April 20. (Contributed)

Vernon boxers hooked, clinched and punched their way to impressive, decision victories at a Kelowna competition on Saturday, April 20.

Roland Ingram and Tyler Colins each secured wins for Vernon’s Boxing Club at the Three Round Heroes Fight for Community event at Rutland’s Centennial Hall. The event is in honour of Cailen Vilness, a former fighter at Kelowna’s Madkatz Boxing Club who tragically lost his life in the Kelowna crane collapse in 2021.

Ingram faced off against Richmond’s Leo Atkinson in the 160 pound middleweight division, where both fighters threw haymakers throughout.

The constant pressure of Ingram proved too much for Atkinson, as his fast punch combos helped the Vernonite claim a decision victory.

Colins then squared off against Salmon Arm’s Bob Stevenson in the 190 pound heavyweight division. Colins’ agility flummoxed Stevenson, as he was able to land mammoth jab combos to easily win the opening two rounds. In the final round, Colins’ relentless punching almost stopped Stevenson, as he was staggered, but was mercifully saved by the bell to avoid a knockout. Colins decision victory wrapped up a great night for Vernon. Coaches Al Harper and Ross Scott were ringside for both bouts, providing key tips.

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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