Tuesday, June 4, 2013

BC Boxing Moments: 1982

"Zelley's Round" in "The Sportcaster" on November 10, 1982

* Nanaimo, BC is considered by many fight fans to be the fight 
capital of British Columbia especially after the success of the 
Gordie Racette - Jimmy Young and Racette vs Trevor Berbick
heavyweight fights. Nanaimo has also been the host of  many  
"So You Think You're Tough" contests.  The city also has a 
strong amateur boxing program under the Nanaimo Boxing Club
The amateur club was formed in 1971 by Dan Wright and Brian Zelley.
The highlight of the club was the success of Jack Snaith who won 
the Canadian light-flyweight championshipin 1973.

A new form of fight entertainment to the city is kickboxing.  On Friday
November 5th. a kickboxing show was held at the Frank Crane arena.
The competitors included two Victoria fighters Mike Puckett and  Stan Peterec 

In amateur news Dan Wright is now a registered judge for BC Amateur Boxing
Association.  Former Island boxing commissioner Rick Brough has moved to
Ladysmith and is organizing an amateur boxing club.  

Early results of the BC Bronze Gloves for junior novice boxers had Victoria's
Kirk Ranneris winning one bout on the Friday night action.  Local boxer
Kit Munro added a touch of class to the 15 bout boxing card in Campbell River
on October 30th.  Munro boxing in his second amateur fight gave an excellent 
performance to stop Langley's John Richards midway through the second round
of a bantamweight bout for junior boxers.  Kit won the first round with an 
educated left jab.  In round two, Munro combined straight punches and 
well placed body shots to stop Richards.  Victoria's Kirk Ranneris put up a fine
performance  but lost a decision to the more experienced Mike Wood of 
Campbell River.  Kirk's amateur debut served as a tune-up for the
coming BC Bronze Gloves. 

Bantamweight Alan Brown of Gold River defeated featherweight Ray Abraham
of Vancouver in the best fight of the night.  Brown, the 1980 junior Canadian 
champion, survived several thumping body shots to outclass the heavier
Abraham.  In the second best bout, light-middleweight Roman Grimard
 of Campbell River edged Richmond's Lyle Hendrickson in a two-fisted 

The card hosted by the Campbell River Eagles  was the first of three 
scheduled for Campbell River in the current season.  Officials for the 
club Jim Howie, Charles John,  George Shiels and Kewal Bains,.
BCABA official Bert Lowes was the head ring official of the card. 
Boxing clubs competing were from Campbell River, Crofton, Langley,
Parksville, Richmond, Gold River, Vancouver and Victoria. 

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