Cranbrook's Jared Luke delivers a blow to Calgary Southpaw boxer Kyle Woolman Saturday night. The two went toe-to-toe in what was eventually awarded Best Bout of the Night status.

Cranbrook's Jared Luke delivers a blow to Calgary Southpaw boxer Kyle Woolman Saturday night. The two went toe-to-toe in what was eventually awarded Best Bout of the Night status.

Charity Challenge Boxing a total knockout

The second Cranbrook Charity Challenge Boxing Event was a smashing success Saturday at Eagles Hall

Taylor Rocca

The Charity Challenge Boxing event was a total knockout in its second year at Eagles Hall Oct. 25.

After raising more than $20,000 for local families in need in its first year, the local charity boxing event has smashed that mark.

With donations still coming in, the event has raised $28,494 as of 4 p.m. on Oct. 29.

“I’m absolutely blown away,” said organizer Tom White Wednesday afternoon. “I can’t believe the crowd that we had open their wallets. It was just amazing. We had some guys that were bidding on two, three and four items. Thank you, thank you, thank you to those guys and the guys who stepped up and jumped into the ring to raise money. That was awesome of them, too.”

White, along with three others, comprise a panel that determine how funds will be distributed within the community. If you know a family or person in need, you are encouraged to contact Tom White at tom@freightlinercbk.com. Nominations are still being accepted.

Those in attendance at Eagles Hall were treated to an electrifying night of boxing, which first featured 14 amateur bouts prior to five charity bouts between local tough guys and tough gals.

As the host, the local Cranbrook Eagles Boxing Club welcomed the Calgary Southpaw Boxing Club, Salmon Arm Bulldogs Boxing Club, Lethbridge Boxing Club, Nelson Boxing Club and the Cougar Boxing Club of Edmonton.

Highlighting the night of amateur fights was a bout featuring local boxer Jared Luke and Kyle Woolman of the Southpaw Boxing Club.

The pair of 75-kilo boxers went toe-to-toe in a fast-paced first round. A more methodical second round finished with a flurried exchange between the two. With the bout on the line in the third round, Luke and Woolman left it all in the ring, exchanging heavy blows.

Woolman won the fight in a split decision, but at the end of the evening both fighters were acknowledged as having put forth the Best Bout of the Night. Woolman also took home the title of Best Youth Boxer.

Triston MacWilliams, another Southpaw boxer, earned the Best Junior Boxer award for his second-round technical knockout of Lethbridge’s Thomas Beck.

Salmon Arm’s Dan Gawley earned the title of Best Senior Boxer after scoring a first-round technical knockout of Lethbridge’s Ryley Ferguson.

On the strength of two exhilarating performances forms Woolman and MacWilliam, Calgary’ Southpaw Boxing Club was recognized with the Best Team Award.

The much-anticipated return of Cranbrook boxer Brandon Luke was put on hold. Luke was slated to go up against Cougar Boxing Club’s Taha Rizvi, but an injury forced the Edmonton boxer out of action.

Coach Bill Watson was able to pull together a last-minute exhibition match for Luke, who instead fought Fuji Blut of the Cougar Boxing Club. For Blut, it was his first time in an organized fight, while Luke had a perfect 6-0 record already under his belt.

“[Brandon] was able to get some ring rust off,” Watson said Wednesday afternoon. “I was quite happy with his performance. I had to yell at him to back off a bit there because he was putting his combinations together and his opponent, being less experienced, just wasn’t prepared for it.

“[Brandon] wanted to put on a good show. I told him, ‘Just go out there and look good without hurting your opponent.’ He did his best.”

As is standard with exhibition bouts, there was no decision in the fight between Luke and Blut.

Closing the evening was a handful of charity bouts, the first of which pitted the fast-firing Rothwell brothers, Trip and Chase, against one another.

Mike Peabody and Joey Sandberg, of The Choice snowboard shop, followed up the brotherly bout with their own battle between best friends.

Sue Eimer and Emma Jonsson went toe-to-toe, exchanging some heavy shots.

In a mismatch of physical proportions, B-104’s Derek Kortschaga took on organizer Tom White. Adorned in super-hero garb, complete with capes on his socks, White scored a victory for the mini-mites, taking down Kortschaga with a heavy uppercut. The blow slowed Kortschaga and for a brief moment, it appeared as though the officials were going to be forced to stop the bout.

The final bout of the night matched Randy “The Moose” Rothwell against Steve “The Bulldog” Mercandelli. The two heavyweights battle for three feisty rounds before Rothwell was declared champion.

White wished to all the boxers as well as the sponsors that helped pitch in with auction items and other support: Freightliner of Cranbrook Ltd.; Bridge Interiors; The Choice; Cranbrook Dodge; Jax Audio; Brothers Insurance; Hot Shots Cafe; Darrin and Candice Pickering of All Seasons Motorsports; Frank’s Steakhouse; Sidekick Stickers; Jewels on Ninth; Bob and Andreja Scandland of Abundant Energy; B-104; Williams and Associates; R & I Trucking; Capitol Tire; Barry and Dale Shingar of Shingar Trucking; K & K Power Supply.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A man wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 walks past a mural in Vancouver on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marissa Tiel
212 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health over the weekend

A total of 490 cases remain active; 15 in hospital

Incumbent MLA Tom Shypitka is contesting Kootenay East for the BC Liberals. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Shypitka named opposition critic for Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation

The Kootenay East MLA has held the energy and mines portfolio since 2017

Item no 22, De-Kieviet Kindergarten class - Highlands, Starting Bid: $20
Christmas Village 2020 school auction items

The annual Christmas Village has gone virtual, here are the auction items from local schools

File Photo
Missing hunter found dead in South Country

A hunter was reported as overdue on Nov. 29, and was found deceased on Nov. 30 following an RCMP and SAR operation

(Black Press file photo)
RCMP seeking driver of burnt out car found on HaHa Creek Road

Cranbrook RCMP are looking for the driver of a vehicle that was found on fire Monday

The bids for the 2020 Christmas Village are open as of noon on Thursday, November 26. Please scroll through this album to see auction items available for bidding.
Christmas Village 2020 auction items

The Christmas Village has gone virtual, here are all the details

Fossil finds at Mt. Stephen. (Photo: Sarah Fuller/Parks Canada)
Extreme hiking, time travel and science converge in the Burgess Shale

Climb high in the alpine and trace your family tree back millions of years – to our ocean ancestors

Kettle bells sit aligned in an indoor fitness studio. (PIxabay.com)
1 COVID-19 case at a B.C. fitness studio leads to 104 more infections, 6 school exposures

According to case data released by Fraser Health, one case of the novel coronavirus carries a big impact

Vehicles drive past a display thanking essential workers in Burnaby, B.C. on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marissa Tiel
B.C. changing COVID-19 case reporting as virus spread continues

Manual counting takes more time, leads to errors

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Mask fundraiser helps make children’s wishes come true

From Black Press Media + BraveFace – adult, youth and kid masks support Make-A-Wish Foundation

Christy Jordan-Fenton is the co-author of the book Fatty Legs, which has been mentioned amid the controversy of an Abbotsford school assignment on residential schools.
Co-author of residential schools book condemns controversial Abbotsford class assignment

Children’s book mentioned amid controversy at W. A. Fraser Middle School

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka takes over as energy and mines critic for the B.C. Liberal opposition. Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick (right) moves from health critic to assistant deputy speaker. (Hansard TV)
B.C. Liberals pick critics to take on Horgan’s NDP majority

Interim leader Shirley Bond takes seniors, long-term care

Most Read