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Boss Brawl 2 coming to Airdrie after successful inaugural event

By: Covy Moore

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 03:13 pm

Boss Boxing owner and operator Rhys Eckardt celebrates a victory with fighter Brad Lescard at the inaugural Boss Brawl, at Airdrie's Town and County Centre, March 12.
Boss Boxing owner and operator Rhys Eckardt celebrates a victory with fighter Brad Lescard at the inaugural Boss Brawl, at Airdrie's Town and County Centre, March 12.
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Boss Boxing is holding its second local fight card at the Town and Country Centre with a bevy of local talent, Oct. 1.

The inaugural fight night was held March 12 and saw 20 highly competitive and entertaining bouts in front of a crowd of about 500.

Rhys Eckardt, owner and operator of Boss Boxing in Airdrie said he wants to build on the success of the first event and put together a brawl every six months.

“The first one was a huge success, we had way more people than we thought we were going to get,” said Eckardt.

“All the fights were amazing. We got complimented on how good the fights were. We were contacted by the president of Alberta Boxing, he invited us to their AGM to bid on some tournaments.”

Eckardt said he wants to get the second Boss Brawl under his belt before he starts to bid on big Bronze or Golden Glove events.

Eckardt has a total of four fighters slated to fight in the 15 scheduled bouts at Boss Brawl 2, two of which will be stepping into the boxing ring for the first time.

Airdrie fighters Jeff Ter Mors and Zach Contos will be fighting alongside veteran fighters from the Boss gym Justin Sluchinski, who has a total of 10 fights to his credit, and Lee Popp, who will be making his fifth appearance in the ring.

“Two of them will be fighting their first fights, they have been training very hard for them,” said Eckardt.

“They are probably going to be nervous as hell until that bell goes. The adrenaline takes over when the bell goes, that’s when the sport gets fun.”

With 15 fights on the card, Eckardt credits the other gyms that send fighters from all over the province to compete, primarily the clubs out of Edmonton.

“Edmonton is where the hub of boxing is in Alberta, Edmonton never has to go anywhere. That’s where everything is,” said Eckardt. “Since we started putting on these events… Edmonton is coming out here too. They are all fantastic (clubs), they loved the first one so they want to come out to this one. This time they sent bigger lists of fighters who want to compete. We set a good benchmark for southern Alberta.”

For those who haven’t seen a live fight night, Rhys says come out and check out the sport.

“It is one of the safest and most protected sports out there, it teaches you discipline, confidence and fitness,” said Eckardt. “Until you have seen it, you don’t know what you are missing. Come out and support your local talent.”

Tickets for the event are $15 to $30 at the door.

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