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Trio of locals get wins at Rumble in Red Deer


A trio of Red Deer boxers recorded victories in the fourth annual Rumble in Red Deer at the Harvest Centre at the Westerner Friday.

Brian Samuel of the Red Deer Boxing Club downed Dax Smordin of Edmonton in the 152-pound senior open division in what turned out to be the fight of the night.

Meanwhile, a pair of women — Nadine Phillips and Allison Dechant — provided the sellout crowd of 400 with some outstanding entertainment in a white collar bout with Phillips winning a split decision.

Mike Rodenbusch of the Red Deer and District Boxing Club took a split decision from Edmonton’s Chris Hicks in a 165-pound senior novice bout and Brendan Irwin of the Red Deer and District Club also won by split decision over Frankie Alvarez of Edmonton. in a 165-pound youth novice bout.

In other amateur fights Pavel Aristaksyan of Olds downed Red Deer’s Tyler Sundgaard in the heavyweight senior open division and Gwynn Lewis of Calgary stopped Red Deer’s Mark Habana in the 152-pound senior open class.

In an entertaining white collar super heavyweight bout Red Deer firefighter Ben Boniface won the main event over RDC’s PJ Swales in a unanimous decision despite breaking his ribs.

In other white collar bouts in the 165-pound senior novice division, Jordy Johnston of Olds downed Jason Gilbert of Red Deer and Jon Lewis defeated Dallas Lehr in an all-Red Deer affair.

 
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