Pictou County boxer headed to nationals | News

Logan Walsh feels ready to take his game to the elite level.The 18-year-old New Glasgow resident and Albion Boxing Club member will head to Montreal in December for his first national competition, where he could (and most likely will) face older and more experienced boxers inside the ring.“I’m excited. I want to get top three, that’s my goal. I want to get a couple of good fights in,” he said two nights after he won a provincial title with a win over Daelen Stairs of Cape Breton.Asked what he’ll do to prepare for nationals, he merely shrugged.“Same (stuff). Keep pushing, keep grinding, keep running and stay in shape.”Against Stairs, Walsh took over in the second round, forcing standing eight counts in the second and third rounds.“It may have been his best fight,” said coach and club president Jim Worthen. “Daelen is a solid fighter, a very spirited fighter and was game to the end. Logan, he keeps getting better with every fight.”In bouts that featured competitors from Duke’s Up boxing in New Glasgow, Hunter (The Juggernaut) Naugler took a unanimous decision over Joe Blanchard of New Brunswick; Cameron Livingstone faced off against Albion’s Tysen Bowen in an exhibition match, (Ripper) Jack Penney lost a split decision to a boxer from Amherst, and Caleb Gordon lost his match.Meanwhile, the one entry from the Westville Boxing Club, Bohan Pettipas, (48-50kg provincial champion), won his division in a walkthrough, but would defeat 50-52kg provincial champion Noah Heffernon in an exhibition bout.Other Albion boxers who fought at provincials, held at the indoor soccer complex in Stellarton, included Katalina Young in an exhibition match; Mason Urquhart, a unanimous winner; the Francis brothers (Ethan and Alden), both of whom were victorious and River John’s Lilly Jollymore, who opened the card, cut her opponent in the first round and finished her off in the second, throwing a couple of jabs, a right hook, ending it with a TKO.Jollymore might have battled the nerves in her first official match, but she won that war, too.“The coaches put a lot of strong meaningful words in my head,” she explained. “Like, ‘you can do this’. It made me really confident and helped me a lot. I’m very excited for the next fight.”Her first time at the club a couple years ago, Jollymore almost threw in the towel on boxing, but she stuck with it and when she walked into the Albion gym on Monday, with her first boxing win under her belt, the women’s fitness class gave her an ovation.“We’re very proud of her,” Worthen said. “She’s come such a long way from her first night at the club.”


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