The Sunshine Coast Boxing Club's Scott Ewen had a successful ring debut Friday, Feb. 28, at the Cascades Casino in Langley with a unanimous decision win over Langley light heavy weight Kevin Dhanda.
Ewen, a rangy southpaw, used his reach to box at a distance to set up his opponent to unleash some powerful combination punching.
The Langley boxer could not match Ewen in punching power and energy as the decision was never in doubt.
Also representing the club was 14-year-old Beau Smith, who lost to Eric Basran of Surrey.
This was a move-up fight for Beau as he took on Eric, who is probably the best under-16-year-old boxer in Western Canada.
Beau, a very good boxer himself, found Eric to be quite fast and skilled compared to his previous opposition.
Not discouraged, Beau will continue to work with his coach Randy Hollett in preparation for future bouts including the War On The Shore II boxing event to be held in Gibsons on Saturday, April 26.
Vourtsis receives honour
At the Combsport boxing annual general meeting held in Langley on Saturday, Sunshine Coast boxer George Vourtsis added to his large collection of boxing awards.
Vourtsis was named co-winner of the bout of the year award for 2013 with Burnaby's Ron Price for the war they waged at the River Rock Casino in Richmond on March 15, 2013.
In that fight the sold-out venue was on its feet for the entire bout, in which Vourtsis was cut over his right eye in the first round.
Undeterred by the cut, Vourtsis battled toe to toe with Price throughout the fight, winning a close decision in the World Boxing Council's Western Canadian title bout described by veteran boxing commentators as one of the best ever fought in B.C.
This was Vourtsis second bout of the year award, the first being for his December 2011 slugfest with Richmond's Josh Van Ryan.
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