The first amateur boxing show hosted by the North Olympic Boxing Club went off without a hitch Aug. 23.
Thirteen bouts - 26 fighters - competed, traveling from all over the state, California, Oregon and Canada. The youngest two competitors were
9 years old and weighed in at 65 pounds.
Highlights included North Olympic Boxing Club fighters Brett Cain and Andrew Heuett winning matches against Mike McCurdy, a member of the Thurston County PAL boxing club, and Chris Bush, a member of Mario's Boxing Club, based out of Bremerton.
Cain, an 18-year-old Sequim High School graduate, won his match by three points. Heuett, a 24-year-old Port Angeles police officer, won by knockout during the second round.
Cain originally was scheduled to fight Adrian Brag, from Thurston County, but weighed in too heavy.
"I thought it went pretty well," said Cain about his third USA Boxing sanctioned amateur event. "I was really confident going in but not as conditioned as I wanted to be."
Cain starred in an independent Sequim play titled "Tales of the Grandson" the month prior and wasn't able to devote as much time to conditioning as he would have liked to, he admitted.
"It was a good match," Cain continued. "I have the best coach in the world and I love to box."
Cain said people often are surprised to hear that he boxes because of his "nice guy" image. "I'm the kind of guy who hits the other guy and then immediately asks if he's all right," he said. "There were even a few times during this match that I found myself getting a good hit in and then backing off to give the other guy a moment to regain his composure. I guess I need to stop doing that."
Cain relocated to Utah two days after the match, where he said he plans to get a job and prepare for a two-year mission through his church. But he said he intends to keep boxing and try his hand at mixed martial arts.
After the mission, Cain said he is planning to move back to Sequim to be near family.
Coach Jesús Solís, of Sequim's North Olympic Boxing Club, said the boxing show was very successful and will become an annual event. "They did excellent," he said about students Cain and Heuett.
"In spite of Brett's busy schedule, he has improved. He has better control as opposed to just trying to survive," Solís said. "As far as Andrew goes, he comes from a martial arts background and has a lot of confidence and composure."
"It's pretty rare in amateur boxing to see a knockout like that," Solís continued about Heuett's match. "His opponent was strong and they were very evenly matched."
For more information, call Solís at 452-1215.
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