Coast boxers score KOs

A4K Boxing

Sunshine Coast Boxing Club fighters Marcus Davies and Nik Stevenson boxed in the Athletics For Kids (A4K) boxing gala and dinner show on Friday May 6 at West Vancouver’s Hollyburn Country Club.

This was the 14th annual, $190 per plate fundraising event.

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Sechelt’s Marcus Davies, boxing in the 168-pound division, faced Pavel Artemov of Vancouver.

The first two rounds were a back-and-forth slugfest until the 40-second mark of the third round when Davies scored a big knockdown, rendering Artemov incapable of continuing the fight.

In the evening’s main event, Gibsons’ Nik Stevenson boxed Dave Kelleher of Burnaby in the super heavyweight division. This was only Stevenson’s second fight after a four-year layoff.

The skilled and powerful Stevenson took the fight to the intimidating Kelleher in the latter half of the first round, leaving him dazed by round’s end.

In round two, Stevenson forced the fight and had Kelleher battered and out-classed when referee Greg Harrisson stopped the fight.

Stevenson and Davies were awarded handsome champions’ belts as keepsakes for becoming 2016 A4K Champions.

This was Stevenson’s second A4K belt; he previously won it in 2011.

The Sunshine Coast Boxing Club is located in Andy’s Plaza, 851 Gibsons Way in Gibsons. Training for recreational and competitive boxing is at 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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