L-R: Nelson’s Brayden Hellekson, Leah Eberle, Elias Martinez, head coach Jesse Pineiro and Makalu Babott competed last week at the national boxing championships. Photo submitted

Four medals for Nelson boxers at nationals

Elias Martinez, Makalu Babott, Leah Eberle and Brayden Hellekson competed

Nelson boxers captured four medals at the national championships.

Elias Martinez, Makalu Babott and Leah Eberle each won silver for Team B.C., while Brayden Hellekson took bronze at the tournament in Langford that ran April 23 to 27.

Martinez, who fought at 75 kilograms in the junior C division, defeated Ontario’s Umar Carcamo by TKO in the semifinals but lost on points in the final to Manitoba’s Mohammed Makhlouf.

Watch Martinez’s bout below:

Babott competed at 42 kg in the junior C division. He settled for silver after losing 4-1 on points to Nova Scotia’s Carson Scholes.

Eberle, fighting at 54 kg in the youth division, lost by second-round TKO to two-time national champion Kate Lee from Nova Scotia.

Hellekson meanwhile fell in the semifinals to eventual champion Tiago Balteiro of Ontario at 82 kg in the youth division. Hellekson previously won bronze with Team B.C. at the Canada Winter Games in February.

All four fighters train with the Nelson Boxing Club, whose owner Jesse Pineiro also served as Team B.C.’s head coach during nationals. Thirty-eight fighters represented B.C., while 230 total boxers competed from across Canada.

Related: Nelson Boxing named province’s top club

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Young farmers find a home through land-matching program

Young Agrarians links would-be farmers with landowners who have land to spare

Joanne Siderius wins 2020 Suzy Hamilton Legacy Award

The award is presented annually to a female-identified environmental activist in the West Kootenay

Trial date set in Castlegar RCMP shooting death

Constable Jason Tait has elected a jury trial.

RDCK recycling depots to join RecycleBC program

Some depots open, others close, and different materials will be accepted

B.C. records no new COVID-19 deaths for the first time in weeks

Good news comes despite 11 new test-positive cases in B.C. in the past 24 hours

Help the Nelson Star continue its mission to provide trusted local news

Black Press is now accepting donations to keep its papers operating

BC Corrections to expand list of eligible offenders for early release during pandemic

Non-violent offenders are being considered for early release through risk assessment process

Fraser Valley driver featured on ‘Highway Thru Hell’ TV show dies

Monkhouse died Sunday night of a heartattack, Jamie Davis towing confirmed

B.C. visitor centres get help with COVID-19 prevention measures

Destination B.C. gearing up for local, in-province tourism

36 soldiers test positive for COVID-19 after working in Ontario, Quebec care homes

Nearly 1,700 military members are working in long-term care homes overwhelmed by COVID-19

B.C. poison control sees spike in adults, children accidentally ingesting hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer sales and usage have gone up sharply amid COVID-19 pandemic

Most Read