Boxing returning to Leader on Saturday


The SandHills Boxing Club is set to host its third annual Layne Langridge Memorial boxing card on Saturday with a full evening of Olympic style boxing.

The club is now in its third year of operation and head coach Kennith Blohm said that the club has seven competitive boxers and about 20 who train and workout.

Blohm is hoping to have five kid box matches and 13 adult bouts on Saturday. Blohm was excited to have six boxers from Grande Prairie’s Champion Gym expected to be in action. He also anticipates having boxers from Saskatoon, Regina, Turtle River, North Battleford, Swift Current, Medicine Hat, Edmonton, and Lloydminster.

The card is expected to feature two provincial championship bouts. Swift Current Counterpunch Boxing Club’s Dustin Auseth will be facing a Regina Jaguar Boxing Club opponent for the Super Heavyweight title and Jesse Kitchen, also from Counterpunch, will take on Lloydminster’s Emile Smith for the 81 KG title.

Blohm was also excited to have Kindersley’s Deryk Moline in a 75KG bout, his third of the season. He also noted that Eatonia’s Colton Aldridge was a close friend of Langridge and has fallen in love with the sport. The 17-year-old is slated to take part in his second bout at 80KG.

Blohm’s daughter, Abigaelle, 8, is set for her third bout at 27 KG, while Kash Rader, also 8, is set to make a ring debut at 27 KG. Fox Valley’s Randon Eckart-Bowyer, 17, is also slated for action in the 70KG Division.

“I am so over the moon that it has been such a huge success. We are absolutely trying to continue that success. We are going to have a few new presentations. We have a best bout, the best boxer of the year, most dedicated, and most improved. I am so excited to have such a huge event that the town supports so well,” said Blohm.

Blohm recently had his third child and has taken on a new job with the RM of Happyland.

“These guys have enabled me to not only feed my family, but also to commit to boxing. I have been able to commit so much this year and I have been so dedicated that I was asked to be an assistant coach on the provincial team and I am going to Nationals. I am so excited.”

Advance tickets are $20 and are available at Dirk Family Pharmacy and Leader Pharmacy. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the boxing slated to begin at 7 p.m.