Bob Pegues

Bob Pegues

Boxing action on tap

Vernon hosting Bronze Gloves amateur boxing tournament at the Recreation Complex.

Vernon will host some rising provincial boxing talent when it hosts the Bronze Gloves tournament this weekend at the Recreation Complex.

The two-day event starts Friday and will also feature an elite competition, including Canadian and Commonwealth champions.

“It’s really a showcase for beginning talent,” said Tony Stamboulieh,  who is organizing the tournament through his CounterPunch Boxing Club, which operates out of Breakaway Fitness.

“We have some really great talent coming up.”

There will be a pair of CounterPunch fighters, along with a trio of Vernon Boxing Club members competing in a field of nearly 70 combatants.

Usman Raza (welterweight) and Jordan Johnson (light welterweight), are CounterPunch’s entries, while Joe Sigalet (heavyweight), Darrien Boorsma (light welterweight) and Steven Schols, 11, (Junior A) will represent Brian Jones’ Vernon club.

The Elite division will feature Mission’s Jesse Brown, a Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Kenny Lally, the Canadian men’s flyweight champion and Jag Seehra, both of Prince George.

Lally, a five-time national champ, recently won the Golden Gloves tourney in Tacoma.

Doors open each night at 6:00, with action slated for 7:00. Stamboulieh estimates there will be a minimum 15 bouts each day, making the $10 admission a bargain.

“It’s a chance for people to get a taste of the sweet science,” said Stamboulieh, who is first vice-president of  Boxing B.C. “Vernon is becoming a centre for amateur boxing with yearly events on offer.”