The Çranbrook Eagles Boxing Club will be well represented at an upcoming event this Saturday, as four local athletes prepare for showdowns in the ring.
Colin Adams, Shannon Ryan, Ryan Lindsay and Tyler Gallinger have confirmed bouts set up on Saturday night at the Eagles Hall, which will be the first boxing event for the Eagles Boxing Club athletes this season.
Headlining the event is Kenny Lally, a three-time Canadian champion, who will challenge Kenny Guzman, an American out of Montana who is a former state champion.
Eagles boxing coach Bill Watson is excited to see what his athletes can do, considering the fact that it will be the first time in the ring for Gallinger and Ryan.
Linsday’s fight has the potential to turn into the fight of the night because his opponent approaches fights in a similar manner, according to Watson.
Lindsay, 17, will be fighting Ashton Litwinuk, an Alberta senior champion who is two years older than the Cranbrook product.
“Before I took it, I called up a couple coaches who’ve seen him in action before,” said Watson, “and they said that he is a tough boxer, he comes straight at you and the first thing I thought of was, ‘Well, that’s Ryan’s style.’
“He’s going to be looking at himself in the mirror while boxing this guy, because they both have that same style, they’re both bangers.”
Lindsay said he had no problem facing an older opponent like Litwinuk.
“I’m just going to come in with top-notch head movement and speed and just out-box him instead of brawling,” Lindsay said.
Lindsay is going on his fourth year as a boxer, and Watson remembers seeing the potential in the young fighter when he first started coming to the gym four years ago.
“He’s always had the punching power, he’s always hit hard,” said Watson. “His weaknesses were in his defence—he was just taking too many punches. We’ve had to teach him the game of hitting and not getting hit, and he’s come a long way.”
Lindsay lost an important bout last year that cost him a trip to the national stage, and Watson said his young pupil is hungry to prove himself.
“This could turn into the fight of the night, because I guarantee it’s going to be a war.”