Pugilists set to trade leather at Coast

The next instalment of the Clash at the Cascades is going to be a show to remember, says the amateur boxing event’s matchmaker and organizer Dave Allison.

The 12-bout card takes place Friday (Jan. 24) inside the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre ballroom.

Clash’s 26th installment features a B.C. super welterweight championship bout pitting North Burnaby’s Ron Pryce, who is moving up from the welterweight division, against champion Josh Wright.

Langley’s Matt Lee was expected to be in action, but an opponent wasn’t found for him in time for the event.

B.C. cruiserweight champion Ken Huber is scheduled to face 18-year-old Palvir Atwal in a four-round non-title bout.

In other action, Garrett E. Halicki of Port Kells will take on Marcus Baptiste of Vancouver’s Action gym.

Langley’s Tammara Wolf will be in action against Judith Pelletier of Kamloops in the 140-pound female division.

Amanda Pack of Langley will tangle with Alexandra Blight of Madkatz Boxing club of Kelowna.

Allison, who is also the manager of the Langley City Boxing Club, says his club is in a “rebuilding mode” and will have a lot of Langley boxers in the ring for next month’s Clash.

Allison still trains some boxers but leaves most of the coaching to his son, James.

“Jamie has a good crew up and coming and it will show by summer,” the elder Allison said. “It takes a long time to develop boxers.”

He added, “Friday’s card is stacked with some really good fights and a balance between youngsters and veterans.”

A team from Saskatchewan will also be involved in the show.

Marcus Hume, the top-ranked super lightweight in B.C., is training in Langley for a short while and is preparing to take on Abbas Shah, the No. 1 super lightweight boxer in Saskatchewan.

This is an all-ages event with those ages 12 and under admitted free.

Tickets are available at the door starting at 7 p.m.

Bar service is available.