Punch out Parkinson’s boxing card is set

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Brantford Bell City Boxing Club coach Bill Williams has a few things on his mind this week when it comes to Friday’s Punch Out Parkinson’s card at the Knights of Columbus.

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The first is to bring awareness Parkinson’s and that’s something he can certainly make happen. Two other things – tickets sales and the weather – are out of his control.

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“Ticket sales are going great,” said Williams, noting that there are still tickets to the event available.

“It’s been all over social media. We’ve had a lot of positive response.

“This show has been really well organized. If the weather is good, it should be a good show.”

The 12-fight card is set to take place outdoors and right now there is a chance of rain. Williams said if the weather doesn’t co-operate, the show will be moved to Sept. 15.

The Bell City club runs a Rock Steady Boxing program, which is designed to improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s by offering a non-contact, boxing-based fitness program.

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“It’s going good,” Williams said of the program.

“I’m going to have a table with our Rock Steady Boxers there. I think we have six boxers now. They train every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning.”

As for the actual fights, doors to the event will open at 5:30 p.m. with the first bout slated for 6:30 p.m.

There will be four fighters from Bell City heading into the ring on Friday and one from AFT Top Glove Boxing Academy.

Bell City’s Cyrus Bickford will make his debut against Kitchener’s Joseph Dekermenjian, who will also be fighting for the first time.

Sam Bumbaca, Mike Boyd and Evan Baxter will also be on the card for Bell City while Marcus Jones will represent Top Glove.

Williams also has three fighters from New York state on the card thanks to his relationship with Ray Casal.

The event is licensed and will include a barbecue and live music. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

Visit http://tinyurl.com/yc2umbfd for tickets to the card or visit the club’s Facebook page for more details.

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