AOA’s White Collar Boxing ready for round 3
Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 06:00 am
For the third straight year, the Airdrie Oilmen’s Association (AOA) is pitting oil against the law in amateur boxing action when it presents White Collar Boxing III March 23.
The event will showcase a total of 13 bouts, giving local business people involved with the Alberta oil industry the opportunity to take their shots in the ring against health and safety professionals, including police and correctional offices, firefighters and others.
“Things are rolling along. We’re excited to get things pounding here on this year’s event,” AOA president Adrian Pruden said. “We’re into new territory here, if we’re able to sellout again this year and fill the house.”
Even though the card is nearing finalization, Pruden said matches still had to be made. Injuries forced a handful of competitors out of the event, leaving 26 of the initial 31 people training for the event available for White Collar Boxing III.
“There has been a couple of injuries over the course of training and people dropping out due to various conflicts,” Pruden said. “But we have our card pretty much set.”
The event kicks off a day earlier with weigh-ins and fighter introductions taking place March 22 at the Local 522 Public Tavern and Kitchen in Calgary. The weigh-ins kick off at 5 p.m.
“It will be a full UFC-style weigh-in, with stare downs and fighter interviews,” Pruden said.
The next day, the main event takes place at the Palace Theatre in Calgary with doors opening at 5 p.m. and fights beginning at 7 p.m.
Like all of the AOA events through the year, White Collar Boxing III raises money for local Airdrie organizations, including the Airdrie Food Bank, Airdrie and District Victims Assistance Society and North Rocky View Community Links, as well as KidSport Calgary.
This year the AOA is adding a new organization to its list of recipients announcing the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society will also be receiving funds earned throughout the evening.
After selling out the venue in just its second year of inception, White Collar Boxing is looking to continue being a premiere fundraiser for AOA and a staple on the calendar for years to come.
“We honestly didn’t know what to expect year one and whether or not the support was going to be there,” Pruden said. “It’s been a huge surprise for us to see it have the success it has had so far...Now it is one of the number 1 events on the corporate events in Calgary.”
Current North American Boxing Association USA Super Lightweight Champion Steve Clagget will once again be in attendance and will speak and promote boxing with the fans prior to and during the event March 23.
Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online at aoaalberta.com.