TRENTON – There are few competitive boxers this season at the Albion Amateur Boxing Club, but Matt Fraser is an exception.
And he’s in for what could be an exciting time on a black tie boxing card next Saturday at Casino Halifax.
Fraser is boxing an American opponent named Edgar Trejof from New Hampshire on the card that is a rarity for club members.
The bout is in the 52-kilogram weight class in the Youth Division for 17-year-old boxers.
“It’s another good bout for Matt,” Albion club president Jim Worthen said.
Fraser is accompanying a Nova Scotia team led by Boxing Nova Scotia head coach Wayne Gordon to Ireland in late October and is training for a chance to box for Nova Scotia at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., as well as the Boxing Canada championships in April.
Fraser is also practising for the 2018-19 provincial championships scheduled for next February at a time and place to be determined.
He is one of just four competitive club members as the club undergoes a rebuild in terms of membership.
“We have a lot of boxers in the program but they’re young and starting out,” Worthen said. “We go through cycles every few years, but we have some really good up and coming kids. We want to focus on them.”
The Albion club is still offering its non-combat boxing training program for women, and more spots are available for it.
The women’s program is from 6 to 7 p.m. and the boxing sessions are from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the club gym on Main Street in Trenton.
Matt Fraser practises his punching technique at the Albion Amateur Boxing Club. (Goodwin photo)