Island boxers go forward to semifinal bouts

Team P.E.I. will have two fighters in semifinal bouts this evening as the 2011 Canada Winter Games boxing competition continues at the Halifax Forum. On Tuesday night, P.E.I.’s Brandon Blacquiere advanced by defeating Cody Everson of Newfoundland and Labrador 11-3 in the 50-60 kg class. He will join Robert MacMillan who won his beginning bout on Monday night to advance to a semifinal match-up against Neil Gohrke of Saskatchewan.

Also in action Tuesday evening, Benjamin McCarville of P.E.I. lost 10-7 to Tony Doiron of New Brunswick in the 60-64 kg class and was eliminate from competition. Blacquiere came out very strong in his fight and built up a guide, said boxing coach Howard Watts.“He kept the guy at the end of the punch, jabbing him and catching him with his right hand. He fought a very smart fight and won all three rounds.”McCarville, unfortunately, was a little anxious in the early going in his fight, said his coach, and was outscored by three points in the first of three rounds by his more skilled challenger.

The P.E.I. fighter had a strong third round and outscored his opponent 4-1, but it wasn’t quite enough to win it.“He had trouble getting his punches inside because of his inexperience,” said Watts. With the single removal format, the beginning bouts are must-win situations for the athletes with no time to ease into the contest.“Every time you get into the ring, you have to give it 150 per cent, go toe to toe and do whatever you’ve got to do to get to the final bell.”


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