Boxer fights martial arts craze with bouts

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Rob Caron continues to do all he can to keep boxing a viable sport in this area.

Caron runs the Warrior’s Boxing and Fitness in London. He’s trying to stage an amateur boxing card in London every two months.

His next card is Saturday at the club at 30 Adelaide St. N.

“We hope to stage the next one in September,” he said. “I want to just keep it going so people can become familiar with boxing. I’ve been getting really good response. Every time we hold a card, it’s getting bigger.”

When he began doing this last year he would get about 150 people a card. Now it’s up to 300 and he’s hoping to be more than 400 with Saturday’s event.

“We have a couple of really popular fighters fighting,” he said. “Scott Lamont (a mixed martial artist) will be fighting in his first boxing match on our show. He’s really popular in London.”

Caron has 10 bouts scheduled but is hoping to be able to put together two more on the night.

“The matchmaking is the hardest part,” Caron said. “You get 100 names and you line them up and then a boxer may not be available because he’s not at that weight or they are injured.”

Boxing has taken a pounding in recent years with the growth of mixed martial arts, but Caron believes in the sport.

“It’s great for our kids, because they get to fight in front of their family and friends rather than have to travel out of town to fight,” he said. “It’s also good for our boxers because it’s in our gym and they feel comfortable especially if it’s their first fight.”

Not only do the local cards provide local fighters with the chance to fight at home but it gets the word out there that there is a local boxing club.

“It helps us get more members,” Caron says who has operated the club for nine years. “It is a lot of work, but in the end it’s all worth it. We have about 15 registered fighters and four of them will be fighting in this show.”

The show covers all ages and weights from eight-year-old Miguel Estrada who fights at 80 pounds to Lamont, 43, who weighs 250 lbs. There also will be some female fighters participating.

Other fighters include Calvin Caron, Bridget Doyle, Hayden Manion and Jowad Abadeeni, Leo Doors open at 6 p.m. with the card starting at 7 p.m. 

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