Morrow going for national title

Parksville’s Aubrey “Bam Bam” Morrow gearing up for Oct. 24 title fight in Quebec

Aubrey “Bam Bam” Morrow is looking to bring another title back home as he takes on Francis Lafreniere for the Canadian Middleweight Title Oct. 24 in Quebec.

Aubrey “Bam Bam” Morrow is looking to bring another title back home as he takes on Francis Lafreniere for the Canadian Middleweight Title Oct. 24 in Quebec.

It’s all about who can make the other guy fight their fight, which Aubrey “Bam Bam” Morrow will try to do in October.

Fighting for the Canadian Middleweight Championship, “Bam Bam” will go head to head with champion Francis Lafreniere on Oct. 24 in Quebec.

With two different styles of fighters, it’s going to be a tough test for both to see who will walk away with the belt.

“It’s going to be a good fight,” Morrow’s trainer and coach Rich LeStage said. “I don’t think that Francis has faced someone as tough as Aubrey. Aubrey is definitely the harder puncher and I feel he has the edge in speed. But it’s not going to be easy for either guy, I think it’s going to be a tough fight all around.”

Morrow fights after stopping a very game and very tough Paul Bzdel in his last fight in Nanaimo, something that LaFreniere wasn’t able to do when he squared off against the same opponent.

Since his last fight, Morrow has been training hard, travelling far and wide for sparring sessions and gaining more and more confidence.

“He’s been killing it,” LeStage said. “Since we returned from Los Angeles, he’s just been getting after it. We’ve been travelling to Victoria twice a week for sparring down there and we’re set to have a guy come up from the United States to spar next weekend with Aubrey as well. He’s really excited for this fight and is feeling very confident in what he needs to do to bring the title back here.”

With two out of his last three fights taking place in Nanaimo, Morrow has enjoyed the chance to fight so close to home and in front of family and friends. Travelling to Quebec, Morrow will be in enemy territory but it’s not something he’s a stranger to.

“We’ve been there before,” LeStage said. “It’s not going to be a problem at all. Aubrey has been great in tuning crowds out in the past and I’m sure he will again.”

“It’s nice actually because when we head to Quebec, we’ll be able to work with the time change. It’ll be a main event fight and we should be stepping into the ring for the fight about the same time we would be training back at home.”

For LeStage, it’s another opportunity guiding a local fighter to the top of their division. Having done it with the likes of “Shotgun” Shane Andreesen once before, LeStage thinks back to his first encounter with Morrow and how far they’ve come.

“It feels fantastic,” LeStage said. “I remember when Aubrey had his first couple of months training with me as a teenager and seeing the potential there and now here we are getting ready for the shot at the Canadian title.”

“Amateur boxing is making a huge comeback in B.C. thanks to Combsport and Aubrey bringing back the title will help create even more opportunities for amateurs that want to turn pro in the future. Being able to come from a small town and help build boxers from the ground up, to fighting for a professional title, is very rewarding.”

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