Fukes caps trio of boxing wins


NEW GLASGOW — It was a rousing night on Saturday along Fight Street.

The Albion Amateur Boxing continued its 30th anniversary celebrations with three victories among the seven club members on the card before more than 300 fans on an 11-bout card at Summer Street.

Shauna Fukes capped the Albion quest by winning a split decision against Ashlee Joyce of Saint John, N.B. The win was all the more remarkable for Fukes who, at 41, is more than twice her opponent’s age.

Fukes said extra sparring with Albion coach Erin MacGregor made the difference.

“Erin is a big reason why I won,” she said. “It was great — me 21 years older than my opponent. All that work since I fought her the last time paid off.”

Fukes was caught up in the moment of the 30 years marked by the club since it was founded in 1988 in Stellarton.

Founding head coach and current club president Jim Worthen and current head coach Al Archibald received plaques from the club for their years of service.

Worthen noted that referee Ray Russell, who was among officials at the card on Saturday, officiated the club’s first bout on the first card it hosted.

“It’s huge — 30 years,” Fukes said. “So many great boxers have come through. To have been in the same ring as any of them would be an honour.”

Archibald reflected on the 30 years working with Worthen and Saturday’s boxing card.

Albion boxers Carson Scholes and Luke Sheehan won their bouts, while Ethan Pratt and Tivor Stewart lost decisions.

Sadie LeBlanc and Tessa Scott opened the card with an exhibition bout, while Canadian champion Matt Fraser made a surprise appearance as a fill-in in an exhibition match with Kyle Woodworth of the Memberou club.

“All the fights were great,” Archibald said. “All our boxers fought hard with a lot of heart, and I was so honoured to get the award with Jim. We’ve been a team for almost a decade.”

Scholes won a unanimous decision against Malcolm MacNeil from the Charlottetown club, while Sheehan won with a first-round technical knockout against Ryan Kean from Carbonear, N.L.

Fraser was scheduled to travel to the Youth Continental Cup taking place this week in Colorado Springs, Col. He was training prior to Saturday’s card and as a result was unavailable for a competitive bout.

“It was good to be back and show people how I’ve improved,” he said. “It was good to get back in the ring before I go.”

Shauna Fukes, left, exchanges blows with Ashlee Joyce in their boxing match on Saturday in New Glasgow. Fukes won the bout by a split-decision. (Goodwin photo)