Pictou Advocate sports

Brody Blair on boxing card


Brody Blair is taking his professional boxing inspirations a step farther by helping to host a pro ring card on his home turf.

Blair is in the main event of a six-bout card scheduled for April 21 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

He’s promoting the event as Boxing Night in Canada: Bringing it Home, in tribute to his having grown up in Lyons Brook.

It’s his third pro bout after previously boxing in Sydney and the first pro card at the Wellness Centre.

“It’s been 10 years since I’ve been on a card at home,” Blair said. “It’s going to be nice to give the people of Pictou County something to look forward to. I’ve had a great following from Pictou County and P.E.I., so it’s going to be nice that people won’t need to travel so far.”

Blair’s opponent will be Juan Gregosa from Mexico, and he’s been busy working out and sparring to get ready for the next big test.

“He’s a good boxer,” Blair said. “He comes to fight. He’s had almost 30 pro fights.”

Blair’s sparring has been in Halifax with an assortment of boxers.

“I’m very fortunate to have them,” he said “I’m feeling good. Everything’s going right. There are no injuries, the foot work is there and the power is there. But I’m working more on my defence.”

Wellness Centre general manager Dave Hood said he’s been impressed with Blair and how his boxing career has progressed.

“We’re certainly excited working with Brody on this,” Hood said. “It’s a first for the building and we’re looking forward to hosting it. I’ve seen Brody training here and working so hard. He’s a fine gentleman. He’s a great boxer and an even better person, and we’re happy to be helping him out.”

The card has a total of four six-round bouts and two four-round bouts.

“The card won’t go too late or end too early,” he said.

Tickets are already selling briskly. The card will be on the main ice surface, where the sky boxes are sold and most of the $700 tickets for tables are sold.

There are also tables on sale for $500, plus individual tickets.

Tickets are available through Pictou County Subway restaurants or by contacting Blair directly.

Live entertainment will be featured during the intermissions.

Blair has assured that all rights to the card have already been sanctioned by the Nova Scotia Boxing Authority.