TRENTON — Matt Fraser is coming home a Canadian champion.
The 16-year-old Fraser, who is a member of the Albion Amateur Boxing Club, defeated Cole Brander from Alberta to win in the youth 49-kilogram weight class at the Canadian amateur boxing championships in Edmonton.
Fraser previously lost twice to Brander but won this time by a unanimous decision to improve his overall record to 14-5.
“It feels great — I’m just trying to register it right now,” Fraser said by phone after his win. “The first time he won all three rounds, and the second time he won a split decision. This time I trained hard and was super ready.”
Albion club president Jim Worthen and head coach Al Archibald accompanied Fraser to the championships.
“This is one of the greatest moments of my life,” Archibald said. “We’ve been chasing a Canadian championship for eight years since Jim and I became partners. Fraser delivered when it really mattered most and now he’s Canadian champion.”
Fraser is the 11th member of the Albion club to win a Canadian amateur boxing championship.
He said he’s ready to box in a higher weight class and achieve more success in the ring.
“I want to stay in boxing as long as I can,” he said.
Fraser’s next big challenge is on the main event of the card the club is hosting in May in New Glasgow.
“I’m looking forward to that,” he said.
Fraser is also on Nova Scotia’s core team that is preparing for the return of boxing to the Canada Winter Games in 2019 in Red Deer, Alta.
Boxing was dropped for the 2015 Winter Games.