Rumble changes date

Local fight night rescheduled to May 23 in Nanaimo

‘Shotgun’ Shane Andreesen

Make sure to change the date on your calendar as the ‘Rumble at the Rink’ has been moved from May 2 to May 23 at Frank Crane Arena.

Gloved Up Promotions made the decision to change dates due to another fight taking place the same evening as the original date (Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao) and will now host their night of fights on May 23.

It’s just one of the few bumps in the road that can occur, according to Terry Strawson of Gloved Up Promotions, who is taking it all in stride.

“Things happen,” Strawson said. “We’ve rescheduled the Rumble at the Rink. It’s still going to be an exciting night of fights and we’re working very hard to give the fans a great card for a great show.”

Another change to the show comes by way of the announcer, Barrie Eget, who took fans through each fight last summer and was slated to return to do the same again this May. Unfortunately, Eget has now signed on with both NBC and Spike TV and will be unable to attend the event.

Strawson worked quickly and found a suitable replacement in Don Andrews, the voice of the B.C. Lions of the CFL.

“Barrie is devastated about it,” Strawson said. “We’ve had so many ups and downs and that was one of those moments that just got to me. Thankfully we were able to get in touch with Mr. Andrews and bring him on board, so that’s going to be very exciting for us going forward.”

Still putting the final touches on solidifying the card for the night’s events, Gloved Up Promotions has already made a huge announcement that will see the first ever Canadian boxer, Gord Racette, step into the ring and make history as he will fight in his fifth decade as a professional boxer and at the age of 63 no less.

Another bout that fans will remember from last year is the fight between Alisah McPhee and Peggy Maerz, who will be returning for a rematch of their epic battle from last summer that saw McPhee with her hand raised in victory. This fight will also see the winner crowned the CPBC (Canadian Professional Boxing Council) Western Canadian Champion.

“The decision to promote Gordy’s fight was not one that we took lightly, but it is one we are comfortable with,” Strawson said. “If the athletic commission approve his application and he is cleared by medical staff to compete then who are we to deny his dream? He has an opportunity to go down in history alongside the likes of Roberto Duran. I think we have to respect that. If I’m honest, I’m fairly excited to be apart of it.”

You can now pre-order tickets for the ‘Rumble at the Rink’, which are priced between $20-$60, with ringside seats going for $100, by calling 250-616-1070.

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