QUESNEL, B.C. – A group of five athletes from Fivestar MMA were in Quesnel last weekend to compete for the first time in a sanctioned boxing match.
Brayden Sims, Ray Brown, and Ashley Rouble were set to take the ring in a series of exhibition matches at Rumble 21, an event put on by Two Rivers Boxing Club. Nick Young and Murray McDonald meanwhile both competed in sanctioned matches. The match was the first that the Fivestar team has competed at after owner Justin Donally spent the better part of the last year to become a certified boxing gym by the BC Boxing Commission.
All five of the athletes had huge successes in Quesnel, as both Young and Rouble won their respective matches. Though there were no technical winners for Brown, McDonald, and Sims’ matches, Donally felt that all three either won or tied against their opponents.
Fighting the first match, McDonald dominated his sanctioned match, winning all three rounds. McDonald’s victory had a touch of redemption, as his opponent previously beat a good friend of his in a match several years ago. With the win, McDonald’s record improves to 2-2.
Young stepped into the ring and nearly beat his opponent on several occasions. Though he didn’t end up finishing by knockout, Young won all three rounds on the judges’ scorecards to get a 1-0 boxing record.
Sims was supposed to have a sanctioned fight, but his opponent dropped out. In his exhibition match, the 15 year-old Sims squared off against an opponent one year his senior. Though nerves caused him to tense up in the first round, before he relaxed and evened up the match in the second and third rounds.
At 54 years old, Brown was arguably the oldest member of the group. Having helped out and run classes around the gym for several years, the former member of the Canadian national karate team lived his dream this past weekend by competing in his first-ever boxing match. Competing against another gentleman his age, the two fought to a draw in their exhibition match, and will likely be squaring off for a second match in the new year.
Fighting last, for Rouble the weekend was especially memorable. Due to the lack of female boxers to face off against, the 17 year-old entered the ring against the 25 year-old provincial champion Ivy Richardson in an exhibition match. Donally says that Rouble dominated every round against her opponent, and ended up winning the bout. Rouble so pleasantly surprised everyone at the match that Boxing BC’s head coach Bob Pegues offered her a spot on the provincial team that will be heading to the National Boxing Championships in Quebec City during the third weekend in April.