Joe Sigalet (left) of the Vernon Boxing Club goes toe-to-toe with Travis Peterson of Thistletown in the Bronze Gloves Tournament presented by CounterPunch Boxing Club at the Vernon Recreation Centre Auditorium Saturday night.

Joe Sigalet (left) of the Vernon Boxing Club goes toe-to-toe with Travis Peterson of Thistletown in the Bronze Gloves Tournament presented by CounterPunch Boxing Club at the Vernon Recreation Centre Auditorium Saturday night.

Sigalet swings big at Bronze Gloves

Joe Sigalet of the Vernon Boxing Club claimed the Bronze Gloves heavyweight title Saturday night at the Vernon Recreation Complex.

Joe Sigalet of the Vernon Boxing Club claimed the Bronze Gloves heavyweight title Saturday night at the Vernon Recreation Complex.

The 25-year-old earned a unanimous decision over Kelowna’s Travis Peterson (Thistletown Boxing Club) to earn the title. The duo traded some heavy blows, with Sigalet (1-0-1) staggering Peterson in the second round with an overhand right, but he was unable to finish the southpaw.

“I lost my breath in the first round there, but other than that it was good,” said Sigalet, adding he was motivated by the hometown crowd.

“I was so exhausted but I had the drive to keep going. My friends propelled me to win. You want to put on a show because people are paying to watch.

“I was really aggressive and I defended well and returned with punches that were suited to his style. My overhand right came into perfect effect.”

Sigalet is now training for a fight at the end of April in Vancouver.

Steve Schols, an 11-year-old fighter with the Vernon club, was stopped in the third round by a Vancouver boxer in the 80-pound Junior A division.

The two-day event was sanctioned by Boxing B.C. and Boxing Canada and is for fighters with less than 10 bouts. It  featured 33 bouts for competitors from age 11 to senior heavyweights, as well as female fighters.

“This event was a stunning success,” said Tony Stamboulieh, who hosted the tournament through his CounterPunch Boxing Club. “We had 14 clubs representing every corner of the province, including Kenny Lally, five-time and current Canadian Champion on show.

“The event was well attended and the spectators thoroughly enjoyed the event.”

The Bronze Boy Award for best overall boxer went to Jason Weiss from Salmon Arm Bulldogs. The Bronze Girl award went to Sara Haghighat-Joo from Maple Ridge Boxing Club.

Stamboulieh, head coach at CounterPunch and vice-president of Boxing B.C., thanked the sponsors who helped stage the event – The Morning Star, Sun FM, Kelowna Boxing Club, Baron Insurance, Breakaway Fitness and the City of Vernon. He added that further cards are planned for Vernon in the future.