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GOLDEN GLOVES – Brittni Waddington hits the pads with Dave Quesnel at Yukon Boxing’s practice Monday evening.

Yukon boxers return from Alberta with two golds

Three Yukon boxers have returned from Alberta relatively unscathed and with some hardware to boot.

By Dustin Cook on December 19, 2017

Three Yukon boxers have returned from Alberta relatively unscathed and with some hardware to boot.

Two fighters out of the Yukon Boxing Club took home the gold medal in their respective division in the Alberta Bronze Gloves tournament Dec. 2-3 in Edmonton.

Dave Quesnel only needed one bout to win the 81-kilogram men’s division and his dominant performance also landed him the best boxer of the tournament award.

Team head coach Jess Staffen said the three-member team performed above expectations in the annual tournament for amateur boxers with less than seven bouts.

“Just their all-around performance,” Staffen said. “They all went into the ring and did exactly what we asked them to do and it showed in their performance and they’ve all been working hard here in the club and on their own.”

Quesnel was scheduled to have a preliminary fight in the competition but his opponent was forced to pull out last minute after he had a poor weight cut and ended up in the hospital.

“It was a little bit stressful because I was all ready to go, but I just saved all my energy for the next one,” Quesnel said.

Because of the forfeit, Quesnel advanced right to the gold medal bout. Staffen said Quesnel dominated the three-round fight and it was stopped by the referee in the third and final round with time counting down.

“The fight went really well,” Quesnel said. “For the first and second round I displayed everything that I wanted to do and showed a lot of power and didn’t get hit to many times.”

The win was the sixth bout for the fighter who has been training out of Yukon Boxing for about three and a half years and he is ready to step up to a higher level of competition.

“Dave’s at the point where we’ll take him to a golden gloves tournament next year,” Staffen said with an Alberta Golden Gloves tournament in Red Deer a potential option in May.

“I feel ready. I need to step up some experience and fight some better fighters,” he said.

The other gold medal came from Brittni Waddington in the 60-kg female division winning both of her fights to take home the title.

Waddington said her third and fourth bouts overall went well for her and she plans to keep on fighting and see where it takes her.

After stepping away from the sport for a full year, Waddington said when she first came back she got hooked again and instantly realized she missed it.

Sean Clarke lost his only bout in the 62-kg men’s division, but was awarded a bronze medal for his effort in a three-round brawl.

Staffen said Clarke went into the ring and fought with a lot of heart before losing by knockout in the third round.

The three competitive fighters will continue training Mondays and Wednesdays with the club out of Peak Fitness and Staffen said they are looking out for future tournaments outside territories in the new year.

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