CALGARY — Oleg Koplta of the Red Deer and District Boxing Club won the co-main event at the initial Grizzly Encounter Boxing Classic Saturday.
Kolta won an unanimous 3-0 decision over Calgary’s Blair McCartney in the senior 165-pound class.
Kolta is now eligible to represent Red Deer in the Boxing Alberta sub-novice championships in Lethbridge later this month along with junior B competitor Josh Canning. In the other half of the main event, Red Deer’s Brian Samuel lost a close decision to Alberta champion Devon Reti of the Calgary Club in the 152lb elite senior division. The match was voted the best fight of the show.
Both Samuel and Reti will represent Alberta at the Canadian Elite Championships, Oct. 21-26 in Regina.
Kolta and Samuel will compete in the fifth annual Rumble in Red Deer, Nov. 15 at the Westerner.