Langley's Alisah McPhee (right) lands a punch on her opponent, Peggy Maerz, during a Western Canadian championship bout Saturday night at Nanaimo's Frank Crane Arena. McPhee won by unanimous decision.

Langley's Alisah McPhee (right) lands a punch on her opponent, Peggy Maerz, during a Western Canadian championship bout Saturday night at Nanaimo's Frank Crane Arena. McPhee won by unanimous decision.

Langley’s McPhee wins bantamweight belt

City Boxing Club's Alisah McPhee defeats Peggy Maerz at the Rumble at the Rink boxing card in Nanaimo

Show and tell will be extra special for Langley’s Alisah McPhee.

The Abbotsford middle school teacher won by unanimous decision over Peggy Maerz on Saturday (May 23) night at the Rumble at the Rink boxing card in Nanaimo.

The victory earned McPhee the Canadian Professional Boxing Council’s Western Canadian bantamweight belt.

“My students are going to be excited to see this for show and tell,” she said to the ring announcer following the bout.

The fight went the full eight rounds with both combatants connecting repeatedly.

McPhee — who fights out of the City Boxing Club in Langley — said she tried to keep her chin down, stay compact and keep moving laterally.

“I didn’t want to get into a brawl,” she said.

“I didn’t want to stay in tight; I knew that’s where danger happens for me.

“I wanted to make sure that I could keep my range and do what was working for me because it was frustrating her.”

The 34-year-old McPhee improved to 4-1-1 in her career, which began in 2012.

She said the win feels really good because it was a fight she knew would be difficult, and was.

“That’s what this sport is about, getting in and being challenged and I love the challenge,” McPhee said.

It was also her second straight fight against Maerz, with the last one ending in a split decision for McPhee.

“I knew she was going to come in and she was going to come hard; she’s a tough opponent,” McPhee said.

She said the plan early was to go in, make contact and then wait for her opponent to make a mistake and then take advantage of the opportunity.

McPhee anticipates her next fight will be sometime this summer but probably won’t be a title defence as she is working on getting a fight lined up in New York.

— with files from Greg Sakaki/Black Press