Lyle Cheney received a big shock early this week when he contacted the Sheraton Hotel.
He discovered a conflict in bookings and the Winter Warfare No. 7, set for Saturday, had to be moved.
Fortunately Cheney was able to book the Westerner’s Agricentre East for the 7 p.m. event, which has 14 fights on an impressive card.
“A little worried for sure, especially with a number of fighters coming in from other provinces and the States,” said Cheney.
“But it’s worked out and we’re looking forward to a great card. We have a lot of quality fights.”
The main event will match undefeated Todd Gleeson (5-0) of the Cheney Zen Karate and Kickboxing Studio of Red Deer against Brian Trubl of Phoenix, Ariz.
It’s a rematch of an earlier contest in the 200-pound division.
“Brian wanted a rematch and we were glad to give it to him. It should be a excellent fight,” said Cheney.
The semi main event will see Western Canadian champion Stephanie Schmale of the Cheney Club up against Davin Boesiger of Phoenix in a 135-pound contest.
Overall Cheney has six fighters involved, including two women.
The second women’s bout sees Lacey Noel taking on Elizabeth Hart of Winnipeg in a 135-pound contest.
Cyril Padilla, Patrick Vallido and Derek Clermont will also represent Cheney.
Padilla faces Joel Pabuaya of Calgary in a 125-pound contest while Vallido (160-pounds) clashes with Kurt Spirwaza of Saskatoon and Clermont (155-pounds) meets Owen Burroughs of Calgary.
Two other local fighters — Jason Diep (135-pounds) of the Red Deer Black Dragon Martial Arts Club and Braedon Rice (165-pounds) of the Seven Stars Praying Mantis Club of Red Deer — are also on the card.
Diep meets Mark Kinsley of Saskatoon and Rice clashes with Chris Cocknell of Sherwood Park.
As well Max Carruthers of Calgary meets Dubee Vongsenekero of Phoenix (125-pounds), Mohamed Shaw of Calgary clashes with Chris Sturge of Saskatoon (154-pounds) and Tyler Weran of Saskatoon faces Seamus Clement of Regina (205-pounds).
Other bouts has Zack Darling of Calgary taking on Joe Stephenson of Winnipeg (145-pounds), Ryan Souster of Saskatoon meeting Andre Brule of Sherwood Park (160-pounds) and Calgarians Scott MacKenzie and Chris Yalbir meeting in a 175-pound contest.
Tickets are $35 for general seating, $40 for ringside and $50 for VIP. They can be purchased by calling 403-347-9020 or at the door.