BC BOXING ACTION in Kelowna and Victoria
The Province of BC, Canada will have two important boxing events on Saturday, November 21, 2009.
MIKE CAIRD - former boxer and coach will be inducted into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame along with others at the Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence. Caird will join current member of the sports hall, boxer Eddie Haddad.
CAIRD has an extensive involvement in amateur boxing as a boxer during the Fifties until his participation in the 1964 Vancouver Island Boxing Championships. In 1963, he became a Golden Gloves champion along with three other Vancouver Island Boxers including Cal Osmond, Larry Cardinal and Earl Pilgrim.
The champions in the 1964 Island tournament were:
Howie Rabey, Gilles Nepper, Brian Zelley, Larry Williams,
Watne Powell, Tommy Black, Ken Alexander & Rifleman Walsh.
After boxing competition, he turned to coaching in various locations in Greater Victoria and included activity at the Victoria Boy's Club, London Boxing Club and the Victoria Athletic Association. In 2000, boxer Donnie Orr earned a spot on the Canadian Olympic Boxing Team. Some other Victoria boxers of note were Wayne Crowe, Gary Robinson, Cliff Ballendine and Jason Heit.
Coaching duties were shared by many individuals over the years including Gordy McGaw, Larry Montgomery, Brian Zelley, Jim Ballendine, Ian Weir and Donny Orr Sr.
PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Part of "Boxing BC's Road To Glory" Tournament series will begin on November 21 at the Springvalley Middle School in Kelowna and finish on November 22 nd.
It is unknown how many of the 2009 current senior, youth and junior champions will compete such as Canadian champions Kenny Lally of Prince George and Stefan Melideo of Nanaimo, or 2008 Canadian champion Nathan Kulczyki, but some of them are expected to have some stiff opposition from the various BC boxing clubs. It is also expected that some of the younger and lighter boxers from this past year may step-up in weight or age categories. Boxer Robert Couzens of North Burnaby recently competed and won his bout in the final fight card of the old BC Boxing training site at Willingdon Avenue in Burnaby. Some other boxers of interest is Marcus Hume of the Spruce Capital Warriors club of Prince Georg that is likely to see action in the senior lightweight division.
Another important area of competition will be women's boxing.