Matt Fraser courts boxing destiny


TRENTON — Matt Fraser is in the countdown of his quest to earn a boxing medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Fraser is a member of the Albion Amateur Boxing Club and is on Nova Scotia’s boxing team that will compete at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. He will be among those leaving on Feb. 15 for Red Deer.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “My training is going great. I’m doing some weight training and lots of sparring. It will be a hard month of training.”

Fraser is boxing in the 56-kilogram weight class. He was scheduled to box an exhibition match against fellow N.S. team member Liam Dorrington on a card on Saturday in Spryfield. Dorrington is in the 60 kg class. It is a chance for Fraser to stay sharp without getting hurt before the Games.

“He can’t risk a fight this close to the Canada Games,” Albion club president Jim Worthen said.

Fraser said he was cautiously optimistic about joining the provincial team.

“I wasn’t sure,” he said. “It was something I really wanted to build for, something I wanted to do.”

Part of Fraser’s training also involves running, which is safer on an indoor treadmill that the club has than it would be outdoors, especially on side roads.

Coach Walter Linthorne, who has competed nationally, said Fraser is in good shape.

“He’s ready for competition,” Linthorne said. “He runs a 5K in 19 to 21 minutes. That’s pretty good.”

Fraser’s Canada Games boxing quest is special. Boxing was restored to the Canada Winter Games after being dropped for the 2015 Games in Prince George, B.C.

Part of Fraser’s preparation was as part of Team Nova Scotia and a silver medal he won on an amateur card last fall in Wexford, Ireland. He also won gold in the youth 49-kilogram weight class at the 2018 Canadian amateur boxing championships in Edmonton.

Fraser is the 11th member of the Albion club to win a Canadian amateur boxing championship.

Matt Fraser, left, gets instruction from Albion Amateur Boxing Club head coach Al Archibald during a sparring session. (Goodwn photo)