Vancouver, BC: Night of Fights is set to rock the Italian Cultural Center on Thursday November 21, 2013. Once again, the Confratellanza Italo Canadese and the North Burnaby Boxing Club (NBBC) have teamed up to present another exhilarating evening of boxing at the Italian Cultural Center.
The evening’s card is stacked with 7 explosive bouts ranging from 135 lb champions all the way up to 250 lb Super Heavyweights. All will be trying to out skill, out-punch and most importantly, out think each other over the 3 and 5 round distance.
Former BC Lion star player and BC Hall of Fame inductee Sean Millington will be making his amateur boxing debut. After having an exhibition bout earlier in the year, NBBC’s Millington feels like he is ready for his 1st amateur bout. It will be no easy task for ‘Diesel’, as he is up against Graham Moore of Contenders Boxing.
Prominent BC athlete, Arjan Bhullar, 2010 Commonwealth Gold medalist and former 2012 Olympic wrestler will be making his boxing debut at the Italian Cultural Center on Thurs. Nov. 21st.
The main event is a BC Lightweight Title affair with Tylor Nicholson of Urban MMA & Boxing looking to defend his belt against NBBC’s Leo Sammarelli. This 5 round bout looks to provide fireworks!
This year the Confratellanza Italo- Canadese will give their Angelo Branca Sportsman’s Trophy to Port Alberni’s Gordy Racette. In his career, Racette fought twice for the Canadian heavyweight boxing title, had a record of 38 wins (28 KOs) and 6 losses, was managed by Sylvester Stallone and fought top fighters of the 1980s, Trevor Berbick, Jimmy Young and Conroy Nelson.
A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will be going to The Boys Club Network run by Walter Mustapich and Jimmy Crescenzo of Templeton High School. The Boys Club Network provides mentoring and other services to at risk boys in Vancouver and has been a great success since it was started.
|1||Muay Thai||Super light weight||Lucas Taylor, Laroche Gung Fu Kamloops BC||Kurtis Waterson, Carlson Gracie Maple Ridge BC||Lucas showed great power and grit with less height and reach, and wins by unanimous decision.|
|2||Muay Thai||Middle weight||Landon Larson, Victoria Martial Arts, Victoria BC||Dominic Yeung, Budo MMA Burnaby BC||Referee Stoppage, 1:15 of round Yeung was rocked early and Larson took full advantage of his opponents loss of composure. After a knockdown after a standing count, Yeung was not allowed to continue.|
|3||MMA||Welterweight||Reece Wood, Posener’s Muay Thai Vancouver BC||Micah Todd, Yuen’s Martial Arts, Maple Ridge, BC||Reece almost fell victim to a guillotine which he otherwise ran into, managed a beautiful reversal of fortune and got Todd in a rear naked choke at 1:48 round 1.|
|4||Muay Thai||Light Heavyweight||Kody Smith Posener’s Muya Thai||Juan Castillo, Budo MMA Burnaby BC||Bigger fighters are slower, and round one was a cat and mouse game, taunting and checking with only a few notable exchanges of kicks and punches. Castillo played a defensive, range and taunt game with Smith, while Smith took patient advantage of Castillo’s game and bagged points for the majority decision win after the end of combat. I would have called it a unanimous win.|
|5||Muay Thai||Light Weight||Jessica Hanna Champions, North Vancouver BC||Soukaina Magdalena UFK Richmond BC||Hanna had the smaller Soukania early and after a standing count stopped round one, a nasty front kick sealed the win in round 2.|
|6||MMA||Middleweight||Shaun Dhillon Surrey Karate Club Surrey BC||Milad Abdulvali Kholqi, Independent, Coquitlam BC||Dhillon got the win at the end of the match by unanimous decision. Dhillon won on takedowns and mount and control time. We saw in this match how much an impact the new rule of no blows to the head while grounded has. While it looks as if something is missing, we see an effort for a more nuanced game, hunting for arms, control, body shots, and more turning and jockey riding to get best possible control.|
|7||Muay Thai||Super Middleweight||Michael Milosiewicz, Posener’s Muay Thai, Vancouver BC||Kyle Hanna, Champions, North Vancouver BC||Both fighters came out with high intensity and determination to make an impact in the first round. Milosiewicz rocked Hanna and action against the ropes. After a standing count against Hanna brought about referee stoppage at 1:56 Round 1.|
|8||MMA||Lightweight||Mike Crisp, Universal MMA, Vancouver BC||Aaron Chinn, WKX, Surrey BC||0:32 round 1 Kneebar submission, Crisp made the first takedown and then took the opportunity when he saw it to lock in the leg submission.|
|9||Muay Thai||Welterweight||Marylen Martin, Mata-Leao MMA & Fitness, Kamloops BC||Sia Kaskamanindis, Champions, North Vancouver BC||Matt Baker’s student Martin looked absolutely ripped and cut for the fight, and by the end we saw a very good match between Martin and Kaskamanindis. Martin did show well in round 1 with strikes and kicks, but round 2 put her on the ground when she raised her aggression level even further. Unanimous decision however would go to Sia Kaskamanindis.|
|10||MMA||AMA Featherweight Title||Dane Newell, MAMBA MMA Abbotsford BC||David Cunningham, Island Warriors, Campbell River BC||Newell got Cunningham with a right on the button punch which put him down. Newell actually thought it was over, but Cunningham bounded back quickly. It was not to last, as a perfect uppercut ended it early on in round 1 with the win for Newell by referee stoppage.|
|11||Muay Thai||Junior Welterweight||Shayan Azizbaeigi, Champions, North Vancouver, BC||Tylor Nicholson, Urban MMA Surrey BC||Nicholson attempted a flying spinning windmill kick and landed on his elbow. Fight did not continue into round two due to medical stoppage. Needless to say, this is why you dont pull hail Marys or other fancy dance moves in the ring.|
|12||MMA||AMA Lightweight Title||Nick Burnham, Crisis MMA, Olympia WA||Saeid Mirzaei, Universal MMA Vancouver BC||Most of the 5 rounds went like this: Saeid Mirzaei threw out a strike which Burnham slipped and went for a takedown, and then spent a considerable amount of time on Mirzaie’s back. While Mirzaie is known locally as one of the best new wrestlers in the local mma scene, Burnham’s own wrestling background came from his time in the US Midwest collegiate circuit, where love for the sport there is like soccer in Brazil. The championship match went on to the judges unanimous decision for Burnham, as either weren’t able to finish the other.|
I write a blog for Martial Arts because even when I am not expecting it, I find a new martial art, a new sport, a new variation on something, a different world, other than mine, whose take on combat arts makes me consider its benefits. A couple weekends ago I happened upon a Kabaddi tournament. Kabaddi is an asian field sport, where one player tags a player from the opposing team, which may tackle the player before he returns to their half of the field. I am sure that my own interpretation of the sport is too simple, but that is how it appears at a basic level.
Some action from LiveKabaddi.com:
Here is some action from 2012:
Looking at this sport from the point of view of a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu practitioner, I see a lot in this sport in terms of real street self-defense. The player is ganged up on, and then has to make a run for it, and otherwise face a clinch while attempting to escape. I think knowing how to use a clinch in a field sport instead of a wrestling ring could apply well to street combat situations. The attacking player is not attempting to engage the opponent but rather avoid getting tangled up and taken to the ground- just as would be the mindful thing to do in a street self-defense situation.
Harjeet Talwar is the local Kabaddi club. Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Harjeet-Talwar-kabaddi-club-Abbotsford/255532567793630
Everything about Kabaddit here: http://www.livekabaddi.com/
WMC I 1 is coming to Hong Kong on October 21 2013. From my friend who is still stuck in HK!