Sooke Slam boxing returns for fourth year

Sooke Slam boxing returns for fourth year

The card includes male and female fighters of all ages

The Sooke Boxing Club is gearing up for its fourth annual Sooke Slam Stiff Jab boxing event, and head coach, Ellen Connor, says that this year’s event will be better than ever.

“I’m happy to say that we have more local boxers on the card this year,” said Connor.

“Last year only one of our boxers was from Sooke, but this year we have five. Given that the event has ten bouts, that’s pretty great.”

Of the remaining boxers four will be females. It’s a trend that Connor says is quite unique in the amateur boxing world.

“It’s still hard for females to get onto a card, so we’re really pleased to be able to offer them that opportunity.”

Conner added that one of the female bouts will feature the youngest boxers at the event as two 14-year-old girls face off in what is certain to be an exciting event.

Connor is quick to add that age really isnt a limiting factor in the sport of boxing, recalling how she has trained a 52-year-old-woman in the sweet science.

And to those critics who decry boxing as a violent sport, Connor has some simple advice.

“Stop watching movies and actally come out and learn about amateur boxing. We wear head gear and there’s a ref in the ring who will stop any fight if it’s obvioulsy one- sided,” said Connor.

“This isn’t the blood sport you see in movies.”

The Sooke Boxing Club is a non-profit program that is volunteer driven by a select group of coaches and support team members. The Sooke Slam event helps raise funds for equipment, workshps, and competition travel expenses.

The event will take place on Sept. 28 at the Sooke Community Hall at 6 p.m. and Connor advises people to get their tickets early by visiting either the Sooke Boxing Club or West Shack Auto. Advance tickets are $20 and a limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $25.

“It’s really best to get your tickets in advance,” said Connor.

“Last year the place was packed and we had to turn people away at the door. This is one of the most exciting sporting event you’ll see in Sooke all year. Don’t miss it.”

 

The 4th Annual Sooke Slam boxing event will be sure to offer fans a load of fun and excitement. (file photo)

The 4th Annual Sooke Slam boxing event will be sure to offer fans a load of fun and excitement. (file photo)