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Kathy Masuskapoe kicked off the evening with a strong rendition of the “Warrior Song”. Photo credit: George Alexander.

George A Portrait thumbnailBoxing is back with a bang in Saskatchewan. The sport has enjoyed a global renaissance lately and its ripple effects have been felt right here in Saskatoon.

The At Last Championship Boxing card held this past weekend in Saskatoon was a huge success. Page Sports Promotion put on one heck of a show on Saturday night. Throngs were in attendance in a nearly-packed Prairieland Park venue.

The evening had a strong Aboriginal presence as well. Kathy Masuskapoe kicked off the evening with a strong rendition of the “Warrior Song”. The vibe obviously helped her son, Ian Abbott of the Ahtahkakoop First Nation. Abbott opened up the card in his pro debut. He did not disappoint in pounding his way to a majority decision over a game Jesse MacMillan of Halifax.

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Clay Dumais vs Huber. Photo credit: George Alexander.

The slate then moved on to a back-to-back serving of the Dumais brothers of the Mistawasis First Nation. The elder brother, Clay Dumais, went toe-to-toe with Ken Huber of Kamloops. Unfortunately, Clay could not answer the bell for the fourth and final round. He succumbed to several vicious body blows by his rugged opponent.  A small set back for a tough Dumais in his pro debut.

Next up was Matt Dumais who battled Kelly Paige of Winnipeg to a four round draw. No one likes a tie in boxing but the fight was full of fireworks. Both pugilists were battered and bloodied in this action packed brawl. I personally thought Matt had the upper hand but this sets up nicely for a rematch in the future.

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Paige vs Dumais was a draw. Photo credit: George Alexander.

After two more exciting bouts, the main event wrapped up the night. A very game Paul Bzdel of Saskatoon battled through 10 tough rounds with Shakeel Phinn of Montreal for the Canadian Supper Middleweight Title. Phinn proved to be much too strong in felling his game local opponent.

I don’t think organizers could have wrritten a better script for boxing’s return to the Bridge City. The card was action packed and excitement exhilarated the raucous crowd. Plans are already in place for another card to be held on April 30th. Boxing is back!

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