Nelson Boxing Club fighter Max Berkeley (right) won a unanimous decision last week during a card in Cranbrook. Photo submitted

Nelson boxers win four bouts in Cranbrook

The tournament was a tune-up for Saturday’s hometown card

The Nelson Boxing Club prepped for its hometown card by winning four bouts at an event in Cranbrook on Saturday.

Max Berkeley and Brayden Hellekson each won their fights outright, while four other local fighters earned three split decisions and a draw.

Berkeley earned a unanimous decision against Cranbrook’s Ty Colbeck by using better footwork and combination punching against Colbeck, who was swinging for the fences.

They’ll face again in a rematch Saturday at A Night of Fights IV, which begins 6 p.m. Saturday at the Nelson Rod and Gun Club. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Nelson Boxing and Athletic Club.

Hellekson’s victory came in the second round via knock out when a right hand caught Tristan Deveau of Medicine Hat, Alta.

Other results included:

Nelson’s Ryan Lewis defeated Edmonton’s Drew Stuve in a split decision win by using a good jab and footwork; Samson Berkeley also took a split decision victory after pulling away in the third round against Edmonton’s Awab Sidig; Riel Martinez fought an under-12 exhibition match against Cranbrook’s Dylan Muhlig.

Nelson’s Elias Martinez lost a split decision to Medicine Hat’s Janick Lacroix, who is Alberta’s provincial champion and a national silver medallist.

Martinez was edged out despite being two years younger than the 15-year-old Lacroix and having less than half of his opponent’s fight history.

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