Nelson Boxing Club had a great night in Cranbrook on Saturday at the annual Charity Challenge put on by the Cranbrook Eagles Boxing Club.
Clubs from BC, Alberta, and Washington state all attended. Nelson took two boxers, Jeff Emmett, 40, and Elias Martinez 11, and both came back with wins.
Emmett fought Jonathan Casey of Southpaw Boxing Club in Calgary. He used his jab and sharp boxing to break down Casey and stop him halfway through the second round.
Martinez fought Edyn Barber of Cranbrook Boxing Club. He boxed beautifully, evading Barber’s big right hands, and used his footwork and combination punching to win a clear unanimous decision against the hometown fighter.
Cranbrook Boxing Club puts on the Charity Challenge every year to raise money for needy families in the Cranbrook area. This year they raised $30,000.
“It is great to see boxing having such a positive impact on the community,” wrote coach Jesse Pineiro.
“I am really proud of our boxers. They work hard every day to excel at one of the most difficult sports in the world. They conducted themselves like champions in and out of the ring on Saturday, showing skill, and acting with class and respect at all times. It is a privilege to coach them.”