TRENTON — Two members of the Albion Amateur Boxing Club have been crowned national champions.
Matt Fraser won his second straight gold medal at the 2019 Boxing Canada championships last week in Victoria, B.C., while Carson Scholes won for the first time.
Fraser defeated Derek Fournier from Quebec before defeating Zach Barbarsk from Alberta in the 49-kilogram weight division final.
“I felt better this time,” Fraser said. “I put in a lot of work, and it was good having Walter there.”
Scholes defeated Martin Zackarsy from B.C. in their gold medal match in the 42 kg division.
“It was awesome,” he said. “It was great to get the gold medal. I wanted it super bad.”
Clubmate Tivor Stewart took home a bronze medal after he lost to Barbarsk in their opening match.
“It was a great experience and I’d like to get back,” he said.
“They all performed well,” Albion club president Jim Worthen said. “Tivor and Carson were at Nationals for the first time, and Matt did great winning two years in a row.”
Former national boxing competitors Walter Linthorne accompanied the three boxers as their coach for the 2019 Nationals.
“Walter’s first trip as coach was very successful,” Worthen said.
“As a coach, it was a totally different experience,” Linthorne said. “It was a really good experience. All the fights were great. I’m so proud of all of them.”
All three boxers are expected to compete on the annual spring card the Albion club is hosting in New Glasgow on May 18.
From left are gold medalist Matt Fraser, coach Walter Linthorne, bronze medalist Tivor Stewart and gold medalist Carson Scholes. (Goodwin photo)