LYONS BROOK — Brody Blair suspected something fishy would interrupt his budding pro boxing career.
Blair was billed to box on the upcoming card on Saturday in Sydney but pulled out due to his commitment to the lobster fishing harvest this spring.
He has worked for the past several springs during the lobster fishing season in May and June out of Souris, P.E.I. and returned there after his impressive victory on a card he helped organize on April 21 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
“Unfortunately, I won’t make the card in Sydney,” he said. “Work comes first. I’ll think about it in July, but between now and then it’s a crazy two months. There’s always something to do so there is little time to train. I want to be at my best every time I go in the ring.”
Blair said he can train enough to stay in shape but can’t access the sparring and more intense training that has helped him to his unbeaten record in three pro bouts.
“I always keep training,” he said. “It’s built into me. I do it when I can.”
Blair sent a partisan crowd of more than 1,000 fans home happy on April 21 by winning a unanimous six-round decision during the main event against Juan Raygosa from Mexico.
The other Pictou County connection on the April card remains intact for this Saturday’s card in Sydney.
Westville resident Aaron Kinch trains Kyle McKeil of Halifax, who won his 130-pound weight division match by unanimous decision against Jorge Castro to improve his record to 8-3.
Kinch expects McKeil to do well this weekend after some productive training over the past month.
“He’s making the adjustments we want him to make,” Kinch said. “His sparring has been awesome, but we’ve worked on some little things we’re dealing with, like making sure he protects his body better with his left arm.”
Brody Blair lands a straight right-handed blow to the punching bag during training at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. (Goodwin photo)