The sound of the rope slapping the ground repeats as 27-year-old Lesley Borden skips in preparation for her first boxing bout.
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Lesley Borden and Danny Wong are slated to box in a club show set for 6:30 p.m. at the Liverpool Fire Hall Oct. 6. Borden and Wong box with the Seaside Boxing Club in Queen’s County’s Eagle Head.
In a little less than a week, two Queens County boxers will put their gloves on and bout in a Nova Scotia versus Newfoundland club show.
Shaun Roy, owner of and coach at Seaside Boxing Club in Eagle Head, Queens County, has been planning the event since late last spring.
Borden and 30-year-old Danny Wong are set to represent their hometown at the Oct. 6 event at the Liverpool Fire Hall.
Borden is in the 115-pound weight class and will be boxing against Lori Brown, a woman from Bridgewater. Danny Wong will be fighting against Jared Mitchell, and this will be one of the main events, says Roy.
“And I have two boxers from Nova Scotia boxing each other in the main event. They’re Canadian champions,” he says.
There will be 10 to 12 fights throughout the night, says Roy. Each bout consists of three two-minute rounds.
Boxers win by points. There’s a computer system, and five judges sit around the ring. Each judge has a red and blue button (for the red and blue corner). Three out of five judges have to hit the same colour button for that point to count, says Roy.
A point is a “clean, convincing blow,” he adds.
Borden and Wong
Borden joined the Seaside Boxing Club about a year and a half ago when she started to take the women’s fitness class. After she joined, Roy asked if she wanted to compete.
Roy says he’s been around the sport for 20 years and has seen women’s boxing matches. He says Borden has done well sparring against women who have competed.
“I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you I wasn’t nervous,” says Borden referring to the upcoming bout.
So far in preparation, Borden has been working out three times a week, an hour and a half each. A workout consists of, among other things skipping, shadow boxing, sparring and bag work. On her own, Borden trains by running.
Wong started to box when the gym opened originally in 2003, and he has competed eight times.
At 190 pounds, Wong is in the heavyweight category, and this will be his first bout since 2006, says Roy.
Roy boxed 50 times, and says he was still nervous when he fought his last match.
Borden says doing her first bout at home is what’s making her that much more nervous.
“I’m still trying to put the finishing touches on it now,” says Roy.
One of the bigger tasks of organizing the event was getting boxers to commit and figuring out who would fight against one another.
The first thing Roy had to do was put a sanction in through Boxing Nova Scotia to ensure everything was legal.
The part Roy thought would be most difficult, finding a doctor, ended up being simple. Roy says Dr. David Gunn, from Liverpool, volunteered to go to the event.
A doctor is required because boxers must have pre-fight medicals and weigh-ins.
The last boxing night that Roy held was in 2004. He says the response was good and fire hall crowded.
“It’s something that doesn’t come to town very often, so it’s something new,” he says.
Doors open for the event at 6:30 p.m., and the bouts begin at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $15.
“Time’s winding down now, so now it’s getting pretty exciting,” says Roy.
“It takes a lot of guts to step through those ropes, and I respect anybody that steps in there – win or lose.”
Seaside Boxing Club
People interested in joining the club may contact Roy.
Roy offers a class for children, a women’s fitness class and competitive class. For more information call 902-356-2536.