Brody Blair headlines ring card

Sports

The hype got cranked up a notch for the six-card pro boxing card with a main event that includes Lyons Brook’s Brody Blair in the main event.

The card is titled Boxing Night in Canada. It will take place on April 21 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre and will include Blair in his third bout since turning professional last year.

Wellness Centre general manager David Hood said the facility will be transformed for its first boxing card.

“This boxing card will join a growing list of unique and world class events that have been hosted here including of course hockey and figure skating events, concerts, kids’ shows, home and RV Shows, galas, school convocations and even wrestling,” Hood said.

Blair is a four-time Canadian amateur boxing champion with more than120 amateur bouts before the two pro fights he won in the spring and fall last year.

He was Canadian youth champion in 2009 and Canadian senior champ in 2001.

He has boxed throughout the world and was a gold medalist at the 2010 Pan-American Games qualifier in Quito Ecuador and was a bronze medalist at the 2011 Pan-Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

He boxed at the 2013 AIBA World Boxing Championships in the middleweight division then went on to represent Canada at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

“We have been working with Brody and Robert for several months now on this exciting new event for Pictou County and we are very much looking forward to it rolling out in coming weeks,” said Jennie Greencorn, the Wellness Centre’s customer engagement and events manager.

“This has been my goal as a youngster to box and to take boxing home,” Blair said, regarding his desire to promote this month’s card and train for it.

He said he has been planning the card since last December but has been able to make his training a priority.

“I always put my training first,” he said. “I’m a boxer first and a promoter second.”


From left: Brody Blair stands with boxing legend Art Hafey and Blair’s father Robert Blair in front of the sculpture at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. (Goodwin photo)