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After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, the annual Los Gatos Locos boxing club show made its comeback

Boxing club's show returns

Now that vaccines have allowed sporting venues to reopen, boxing has made its return to Kelowna.

The annual Los Gatos Locos boxing club show was canceled in 2020 due to COVID, but on Oct. 9, the show returned, and Kelowna residents made their presence felt.

“Kelowna is 100% a boxing city,” said club owner Geoff Lawrence. “As soon as I announced the show it pretty much sold out.”

The first show since the pandemic was a special one for the club. Due to July's downtown crane collapse, they lost a very loved member.

“This show going forward will be dedicated to Cailen's memory. I wanted the toughest fight possible, I wanted top guys for this title,” said Lawrence.

Stepping up and making the trip to Kelowna was Anthony “Anvil" Varela, the reigning Canadian bronze medalist.

“We’ve known Anthony for a long time. He’s a class act from a great club” explained Lawrence. “It’s just the fight we wanted for Donovan.”

Donovan Cridland is the 2019 B.C Golden Gloves champion. Lawrence, who trains Cridland, says on the outside he doesn't seem like much of a fighter, until he enters the ring.

"Dovovan has a very deep darkside! When he’s in the ring he’s happiest, when his opponents come to fight,” said Lawrence.

Lawrence said the eager crowd on hand got quite the show.

Varela put constant pressure on from the opening bell, which worked well for Donovan “Cool” Cridland, living up to his fight name. Donovan cooly went about countering every attack Varela launched. By the middle of the second round Cridland started pushing forward, and by the final round he was completely dominant.

The return to boxing raised close to $30,000 for charity through Lawrence's Three-Round Heroes program, and Donovan “Cool” Cridland now owns the championship belt.



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