WBC tournament deep with talent; prospects and former champions alike to trade leather
The draws are finished and the schedule for the WBC Western championships is now in place, featuring as deep a talent pool as any tournament has ever seen.
The World Boxing Council, WBC, is one of the oldest and most prestigious professional boxing organizations on the planet, and has expanded from professional boxing to amateur this year.
The WBC Westerns will have championship bouts in every weight division from super featherweight to heavyweight.
“Deepest senior talent pool of any western championships in two decades,” said Combsport president Dave Allison. “I did one in 2008 and one in 1998. Those included all age divisions and there is no comparison. This is just senior and it’s deeper. There is no walkovers, everything is competitive all the way through.”
Winners of the tournament will get a chance to fight for the WBC Canadian championship in July, with the ability to move on to the WBC World Cup.
Since their inaugural show, Combsport has done everything in their power to give their boxers national and international opportunities. Their new relationship with the WBC finally gives Combsport the chance to give their fighters opportunities at national titles and team Canada trips.
“The WBC’s gain is Boxing Canada’s loss. We tried to communicate with Boxing Canada, now they have lost access to a lot of very good solid boxers that would have lit up the national scene. These boxers are now destined for the WBC world cup,” said Allison.
Two boxers in particular have been waiting a long time for national recognition.
Lightweights Mat Andreatta and Russ Lavery have fought in Combsport since it began and have time and time again watched their counterparts from Boxing BC get opportunities they so very much crave.
Both now veterans of over ten amateur fights, Andreatta, 19, and Lavery, 20, will now get their chance, but have to face each other in the opening lightweight matchup March 29.
“It’s both exciting and intimidating. It will make me elevate my game that much more just to match everyone else,” said Andreatta of the tournament.
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Both Andreatta and Lavery are familiar with each other, having sparred on several occasions.
“It was good, solid sparring,” said Andreatta. “It’s going to be a good, interesting fight. He’s kind of an awkward guy but our styles will match up good.”
His opponent, Lavery, says this is a fight he has wanted for a long time and can’t wait to hear the sound of the opening bell.
“I’ve been waiting to do it for a long time,” he said. “I got a lot of respect for that kid I think he is a great fighter, great person. Once we get in there it’s going to be a good fight for sure.”
Some of the preliminary bouts will take place at the River Rock Casino in Richmond March 15, on the undercard of unbeaten, world-ranked Adam Trupish.
The main draw will take place March 29 at the Cascades Casino in Langley.
In the heavyweight division, reigning B.C. heavyweight champion Adam Querido will take on Rob Layborn in a quarterfinal bout on March 29. The winner of the fight will go on to the semifinals May 17 at the Cascades Casino and face former first overall CFL draft pick Adam Braidwood.
On the other side of the bracket, VPD officer Brennan Lowrie will go up against Bob Larson of Fernie Boxing.
Once the dust heavyweight dust settles, the championship bout will take place on a later date prior to the WBC Canadian Championships.
At cruiserweight, two-time and current provincial champion Ken Huber will battle Surrey’s Aman Aujla for the WBC western championship on March 29 in a rematch of an action-packed B.C. championship bout last year.
The light heavyweight division features the deepest pool of fighters any tournament in B.C. has seen in years.
The quarterfinals take place March 29 when Justin Doubisif will take on Tim Geleos and Combsport city champion Julian Kim battles Darren Featherstone.
The winner of Doubisif and Geleos will go on to face Rick Westbrook on March 17th, and the winner of Kim and Featherstone will face Hank Lukyn, with the winners of those fights moving on to the championship match.
At super middleweight, three-time Canadian champion Robert Couzens will face Kylic Taylor March 29 with the winner punching a ticket in the championship fight May 17 against Phil Ryan.
In the middleweight division Brandon Busby from Vancouver Island will fight MMA fighter turned boxer, Sience for the western championship March 29.
In the light middleweight division, number-one ranked Josh Wright will battle number-two contender Remy Lavoie. The winner will face current B.C. champion Shawn Mcdonald in the western championship bout.
The welterweight draw begins at the River Rock Casino March 15 when current B.C. champion Ron Pryce will face City champion George Vourtsis. The winner of the champion vs champion match will move on to the finals and face number-one ranked contender Garnett Samuels.
At light welterweight, former national competitor and current number-one ranked B.C. contender Marcus Humes will come down from Prince George to face Sonny Sandhu for the WBC western title on March 29.
The lightweight division features the highly anticipated battle of Combsport products when Andreatta faces off against Lavery.
The winner of the Andreatta vs Lavery clash will go on to fight three-time and current B.C. champion Akbar Qurban for western Canadian honours on May 17.
At super featherweight Beacon reporter and former provincial champion Lev Jackson will go up against Surrey’s Raj Somal March 29. The winner of the bout will earn the right to face unbeaten, number-one ranked Francis Codilla for the western championship May 17.
All matches scheduled in the WBC Western Championships are subject to change.