Story and Photos: Carl Constantine (ISN)
December 4, 2013, Victoria, BC – The 2nd annual “Fight 4 The Cause” charity boxing event took twenty-eight people from various walks of life, and put them head to head in fourteen boxing matches with only 12 weeks of prior training at a black tie gala event to raise money for four important local charities.
The Mustard Seed, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, Victoria Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation, and The Brazilian Cultural Foundation shared donation monies raised through the event costs, silent auction, and Casino Royal like poker games held at the Victoria Conference Centre.
The inaugural black tie gala event brought 600 people together to enjoy a wonderful three course meal, and a social boxing fight card. Say what you want about amateur fights, this was a high class event for four very good causes. The event was extremely well attended and even garnered support from local celebrities such as World Champion Kickboxer, Gabriel Varga who competes in the Glory World Series Kickboxing Championships.
Jerry shows off his heavy hands on Bryan Capistrano. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
After the success of the first event last year, promoters Kevin Brett and Darcy Dommet, both of Studio 4 Athletics and Axe Capoeira here in Victoria wanted to continue making this an annual event.
Brenda Worsfold lays into Celma Freitas with a clean jab. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
The principle of the event is to take people who have never been in a fight, give them some hard training, put them in the ring, and see how they do. It’s very easy for many who enjoy watching boxing, kickboxing, or mixed martial arts events on TV to say it’s easy or, “he should have gone to the left,” when you’re sitting in the comfort of your own home. However, it’s quite another to be in the ring and do the right thing while you have someone else trying to lay the smack down on you.
Kristin Lone is unrelenting against Alison Bane winning via a TKO in round 2. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
This author/photographer has been in three fights himself and it is harder than it may look.
Brad Broder reaches up to the chin of Chris Shurety. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
Despite the differences, different walks of life, different jobs, different backgrounds, and different outlooks and reasons for fighting, all fighters put on a spectacular show. Every fight had both fighters come out swinging in very hard fought rounds. Fighters can be two men or two women, and don’t let the women fool you, they were tough and fought as well (and some better) as any of the men!
Meaghan Ball slips a left hook through Serena Lee’s guard. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
This being an amateur event, all fighters wear protective head gear to be as safe as possible. The fighters are judged by referees from the Boxing BC and all fighters are double-checked by a doctor after their fight to ensure their safety. Remember, these people have to go to work a couple days after the event!
A bloody nose doesn’t stop Kenny Husband from exchanging punches with Andrew MacKinnon. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
All fighters give up a tremendous amount of time during the training period to work hard on learning how to move, how to hit, work on their cardio, as well as general fitness for 12 weeks before the fight. Then they step into the ring and leave it all on the floor!
Jacquelin Parker blocks Megan Forhan’s right cross and counters with her own. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
Fight training this year also included some local guest coaches. Local fighter Jason Height of Island MMA and Robin Webb who has been boxing since his early youth and was Mohammad Ali’s sparring partner for three years, provided their insights and expertise to these amazing warriors.
Strong Tommy Ngo upsets Steve Parr winning by TKO in the first round. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
For me, fight of the night was a split between the last two fights. The first was a “Badge” match between Victoria Police Constable, Chris “911” Gilbert and Victoria Firefighter, Steve “The Heat” Lester. Both of these fighters had tremendous crowd support behind them with many cheers from their co-workers in the audience. Chris came out very strong in the first round but eventually succumbed to Steve’s onslaught in rounds 2 and 3 with both fighters very tired at the end of it all.
Sheena Miller knocks back Jill Van Gyn with a clean left jab. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News>
The second big fight was the “Main Event” fight between Taylor “Mad Mitts” McGuire and Scott “The Predator” Pommerville. Each fighter had a strong first round but were quickly tired in the second. The third round turned the tables as Steve found it hard to breathe through a bloody nose.
Damon Fryer and Justin Banman clash in the centre of the ring. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
As well as a great charity event, the Fight for the Cause is a wonderful opportunity to people to try something they have never done before; to test their skills and tenacity as a warrior in the ring and try to come out on top.
Liane Cownden rocks Morgan Malakoe with mean right cross. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
If you would like to be involved in this annual event, register for the next event at http://www.studio4athletics.com. If you were unable to come watch this year’s event, a video will be made available at http://www.fight4thecause.ca
Steve Lester delivers the heat to Chris Gilbert. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
Taylor McGuire delivers a left jab to a very bloody Scott Pommerville. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
I hope to see you at next year’s event!