Palvir Atwal, Scott Woodward and Ahmed Ali Reza excite Langley crowd
By Lev Jackson
Three Surrey boxers were in action this weekend at Clash at the Cascades 22 at the Cascades Casino in Langley.
Palvir Atwal and Ahmed Ali Reza of Bisla Martial Arts, as well as Scott Woodward of Four Corners Boxing stepped into the ring Friday night.
In the main event Atwal, 17 beat Justin Dois by unanimous decision in a 195-pound bout.
For Atwal, he once again had to step in against an adult, as there are no opponents in his age group in the province.
He was by far the taller fighter and boxed nicely through the first two rounds, using his long reach and a good jab to his advantage.
Dois tried his best to get on the inside, but would only end up holding the teenager in a clinch when he finally got there.
Though Atwal would tire in the final round, Dois could not do much to exploit his opponent’s fatigue.
It was the 12th fight of his career for the Surrey boxer since taking up the sport at the age of 13.
He has only lost one fight in that time.
The 20-year-old Woodward took a big leap up in competition in his fifth fight, losing a competitive three-round unanimous decision to experienced kick boxer Tyler Nicholson.
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It was Woodward’s first match without headgear; something he feels benefited him.
“It was a lot better, I have a big problem with headgear,” he said. “Every time I get hit I have to adjust my headgear. This time I felt a lot better without it.”
Woodward took the first round of the fight with effective aggressiveness, and made good use of his right uppercut.
The tide turned midway through the second round as Nicholson started putting his punches together and reading his opponent’s uppercuts.
Woodward feels when his opponent started landing punches, he made a crucial mistake.
“It’s what happens in a lot of my fights, I get hit a couple times, and my survival mode kicks in. That’s when I start throwing for the fences and not thinking about it properly.”
Despite the loss, Woodward proved to himself and the crowd on hand that he has the skills to box, as opposed to brawling.
“That’s something that slowly came. It’s something my coaches always told me to do,” he said. “As time goes along, it starts to enter your brain more. I started thinking more and more every time I spar. There is still room for improvement but I know I am getting better at it.”
Nicholson is expected back in action as early as next Monday at the Evander Holyfield anti-bullying night in support of the Amanda Todd Legacy Fund.
Should the match go through, Nicholson would face B.C second-ranked Mat Andreatta for the vacant Combsport City junior welterweight title.
In a 126-pound bout, Bisla Martial Arts’ Ahmed Ali Reza won a close and action-packed split decision over Kyle Thandi of Langley City Boxing Club.
The bout saw both boxers throw caution to the wind and they used their quick punches to slug it out for the better part of the three-round match.
In the end, it appeared Reza did enough to win the final round of a match that looked fairly even until that point.
Clash at the Cascades will return to the Cascades Casino in March for the WBC Canadian championship provincial eliminator tournament.