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By Jason Heit

July 21,2014(ISN) – Nanaimo, British Columbia- On Friday, July 18th British Columbia held its fist professional boxing card under the newly sanctioned B.C. athletic commission. It has been a long time since B.C. fight fans have seen quality professional boxing. The athletes put on great fights and the fans were treated to a night of quality boxing promotion.

With the lack of professional boxing in BC it has left the athletes with a drought of opportunities. B.C. boxer Aubrey Morrow hasn’t fought in 4 years due to a lack of opportunity and injuries, B.C. boxer and Former Canadian champion Mark Woolnough hasn’t fought since 2009. Their coach Richard Le stage who had three local fighters on the card was ecstatic to finally be fighting at home. “Its just means everything to be able to have three fighters get ready in training for this together and to be able to fight on the same card at home. It’s so much easier on them this way.”

Promoter Terry Strawson of Strawson Boxing was extremely happy with the fights. “This is the first professional boxing event Nanaimo has had in over twenty years. The fights were fantastic and we’re looking forward to doing more events.”

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The card nearly had it all it as it was filled with exciting fights including the successful comeback of former Canadian champion Mark Woolnough.  He showed no signs of ring rust after a long lay off winning a unanimous decision over Bill Bailey. Fans were treated to an all out heavyweight war between Shane Andreeson and Rob Nichols ending in a draw where you were left scratching your head wondering how they were still standing. Aubrey Morrow wowed the crowd with a vicious knockout over Jonah Arbuckle. The female bout between Alisah Mcphee and Peggy Maerz was a close, competitive, fight that Mcphee won by split decision. Credit goes to the fun, entertaining ring girls that kept the crowd entertained between rounds. This was topped off by a great venue at the Nanaimo Port Theater. The only thing the event lacked was enough boxing fans to support this type of event. The worst beating of the night may well have gone to the promoters. Promoter Terry Strawson is optimistic. “It takes money to make money and this is an investment. We are looking forward to growing.”

I wish all the best to Strawson Boxing , Gloved Up Promotions and their athletes. If we are going to see Western Canadian boxers climb the rankings in the boxing world this is where they are going to do it. We hope to see more fan and sponsorship support for events like this to resurrect professional boxing in B.C.

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Main Event-Light-Heavyweight 175lbs

Mark Woolnough 19-6-1 vs. Bill Bailey 12-18       Mark Woolnough UD

Co-Main Event Heavyweight

Shane Andreeson 12-4 vs. Rob Nichols 6-1                       Draw

Catchweight 165lbs

Aubrey Morrow 5-1-2 vs. Jonah Arbuckle 9-3      Aubrey Morrow TKO 3

Bantamweight 115lbs

Alisah Mcphee 2-1 vs. Peggy Maerz 2-5-1             Alisah Mcphee SD

Jr. Middleweight 156

Gundrick King 18-11 vs. Paul Mpendo 7-11-4     Paul Mpendo RSC 5

Middleweight 162 lbs.

Eddie Gates 2-7 vs. Chris Aucoin 4-11-1                Chris Aucoin UD