Simpson wins first bout at nationals

Adam MacInnis
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Erin Simpson of the Albion Boxing Club is realizing her dream at the Canadian National Youth and Junior/Cadet Amateur Boxing Championships in Halifax this week.

Yesterday evening she defeated Rachel Young of Ontario 7-2 to earn the right to battle in the gold medal match on Friday.

“This is exactly  what I was hoping for,” she said.

She knew she was in for the fight of her life and as the third round ended her coach Jim Worthen told her, “You left it all in the ring.”

She thought he was going to tell her that she lost. But it was quite the opposite.

“It wasn’t an easy fight at all,” Simpson said. “I had to work really hard for it. I didn’t know the points were that far off.”

“This girl was a good boxer that she boxed,” Worthen said. “I knew we had to back her up with straight punches. Erin was really good at taking the instruction and implementing the game plan.”

He said in the four years he’s seen her box, that last night’s fight was her best.

Just finished her first bout, Simpson was already thinking about her next bout.

“I’m going to get lots of rest tonight and going to train hard tomorrow,” she said. “I’m going be ready. I’m going for the gold.”

She will be fighting Jessica Deschesnes of Quebec.

Deschesnes throws a lot of hooks, so Simpson said she is going to try to keep her style simple.

Albion boxers Evan Peel and Shauna Wright will be boxing on Thursday and Friday respectively.

Also Mike McGrath of the Westville Academy of boxing will fight this afternoon with Quebec’s Vincent Trepanier.

Duke Davis had a rematch of his national fight with Ontario's Omari Henry Tuesday night losing 10-2.

The two super heavyweights had been tied after the first round, but in the second round Henry took the lead 7-2.

“Duke was getting caught with his hands down coming out of his combos,” said Tom Davis his father and coach. “This is something we have been working on and obviously where not there yet. The  third round was a war because know we had to make it a KO situation and the Henry corner sensed this and went to war with us with the end result being in there favor as it should have been.”

Organizations: Albion Boxing Club, Canadian National Youth, Westville Academy

Geographic location: Halifax, Quebec, Ontario

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