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Local boxer ready for first professional bout

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jul 03, 2014 02:48 pm

Airdrie boxer Justin Sluchinski hit the gym on June 29 as he prepared for his first pro bout in Calgary on July 6.
Airdrie boxer Justin Sluchinski hit the gym on June 29 as he prepared for his first pro bout in Calgary on July 6.
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It was a little bit earlier than he had planned, but Airdrie boxer Justin Sluchinski will be stepping into the ring for his first professional bout in Calgary on July 6.

The 25 year old, who had an amateur record of 10-1, will be taking on Calgary’s Lukasz Wierzbicki as part of the Redemption Under the Tent fight card at the Roadhouse Tent at 7 p.m.

“It was pretty short notice for this fight, as I only took the fight a couple of weeks ago,” Sluchinski said. “Another fighter (Bill Arnott) had to drop out and I was asked to come and take his place.”

“I was planning to go pro eventually, but when this opportunity came up, I had to take it,” he added. “I had already been training pretty hard before I knew that I would be taking this fight, so I felt like I was ready to go.”

Sluchinski, who stands 5’8” and weighs 145 pounds, doesn’t know a whole lot about his fellow welterweight (a class for boxers who weigh between 140 and 147 pounds) opponent Wierzbicki, who heads into the bout with a 3-0 professional record.

“I’ve seen a You Tube video of him, but that’s completely different from watching him compete live,” Sluchinski said.

“He’s a really fast fighter and he throws a lot of punches, but he doesn’t seem to move his a head a lot, which is something I hope to take advantage of.”

“Justin can move well on angles, and I think that’s going to be one of his advantages in fighting this guy,” said Kelly Brown, Sluchinski’s trainer and the head coach at the Trinity Boxing Academy in Airdrie.

“I think his opponent is going to be a little bit surprised when he sees the speed that Justin has.”

Even though the fight came together at a late date, both Brown and Sluchinski feel that the short time span in getting ready for the bout won’t be a problem.

“As a fighter, you have to be ready to take a fight at any time, and you always have to expect the unexpected,” Brown said. “Justin was ready for that, and he has good chance of beating an accomplished fighter in Calgary.”

“My fight will be the second one on the card that night as well, which is a good thing, as there won’t be a lot of waiting around to let the nerves build up inside of me,” he added.

“It’s going to be a new experience for me, and I’m hoping that I can use this opportunity towards having another pro fight in the future.”

Tickets for the fight card, which will take place at 840 9th Ave. SW, cost $40 and can be purchased at the door or online at www.fanbaseboxing.com


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