Albion boxers off to ‘19 Nationals


TRENTON — Three boxers will represent the Albion Amateur Boxing Club at the 2019 Boxing Canada junior championships next week.

Matt Fraser, Tivor Stewart and Carson Scholes will be accompanied by coach Walter Linthorne as they leave on Saturday for the Junior Nationals scheduled from April 23 to 27.

“They’re all ready,” Linthorne said. “They’re all looking sharp.”

Linthorne once competed at the Nationals and has been passing on his expertise to the boxers as they prepare for the event.

Fraser is competing in his third nationals. He has won gold and bronze medals in the past and is the defending Canadian championship in the 49 kilogram weight class.

“He has the stamina and experience to win again,” Linthorne said. “He’s the one to beat in that weight class.”

Stewart is also in the 49 kg division. He was named best boxer on a card on Saturday in Truro, where he won a split decision against Yan Arkenov of Moncton, N.B.

“It’s the first time for Tivor, so he’ll be going for the experience, but he has a chance to come home with a medal,” Linthorne said. “He’s trained for four or five years, so it’s time.”

Scholes is also competing at the Nationals for the first time. He will be in the 40 kg weight class.

“He has a good chance to win a gold medal,” Linthorne said. “All he has to do is take what he does in the gym into the ring.”

Linthorne is attending Nationals for the first time instead of head coach Al Archibald and club president Jim Worthen who have attended many times in the past.

“Al said it’s your time,” Linthorne said. “I was at the Nationals three times boxing, and this is the first time for me as coach, so they’re giving me the experience. It will be a lot different.”

Three boxers and a coach from the Albion Amateur Boxing Club will be at the 2019 Boxing Canada junior championships next week in Victoria, B.C. Front row, from left: boxers Tivor Stewart and Carson Scholes. Back row: coach Water Linthorne and boxer Matt Fraser. (Goodwin photo)