Who is the best big man in B.C., amateur boxing-wise?
This Friday the 13th, that question will be answered when two big guys are scheduled to battle for provincial heavyweight supremacy as part of the Clash at the Cascades 19 show at the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre.
The main event will see "Big" Nate Nowalk, at 6'6" 270 pounds, of Richmond club POWD take on 6'4" 244-pound Adam Querido of the North Burnaby Boxing Club.
Querido's hands are so big, the gloves used at the Clash are not large enough, and another pair has been ordered, according to Clash matchmaker and City Boxing trainer Dave Allison.
Querido is coming off a win over City heavyweight champion Ritchie Evanochko.
"Everyone likes the heavyweights and the Nowalk-Querido match is a good tilt and a very competitive match," Allison said.
North Burnaby will play a big role in the show with a boxer in the semi main event, as Dave Robinson takes on Langley's Chad Gerow, who trains with Revolution Langley.
Gerow is coming off a win at the last Clash show, when he stopped Darren Featherstone in the second round to win the City light heavyweight title.
In this upcoming fight with Robinson, Gerow will be challenging for the B.C. super middleweight championship. Robinson, who is trained by Manny Sobral, has had about 70 bouts over his career and has made several appearances at the Canadian nationals.
The card has 10 bouts slated, including one featuring local product Brandon Shorter, who is training with City Boxing. Shorter is also coming off a win.
Jillian Sask of Port Kells will be taking on Jen Yager of Action Gym, a Vancouver club.
Former pro and Canadian champion Gordy Racette will be in the corner when his heavyweight prospect makes his debut. Russell Lesk, 18, is training with Racette and is his protégé. Lesk will take on Dustin Trenkel of Mission-based Blue Corner Boxing.
The card was to have the comeback of sorts in the form of City Boxing's 18-year-old Mat Andreatta, who just graduated from Brookswood Secondary.
Andreatta broke his ankle in a March fight and was set to compete, however, Allison, his trainer, pulled him, feeling the ankle is not healed well enough. The soon-to-be UBC student was to face undefeated Garnett Samuels of Contenders Boxing, a Vancouver Club.
The juniors will be in action when 12-year-old Anthony Patrignan of Port Kells takes on Madkatz boxer Paul Jung, 13, who calls Kelowna home.
The card is a blend of a few beginners and high-end action, Allison said.
Doors open at 7 p.m and nine bouts are expected. Tickets can be had at the door.
The event includes free parking, card girls, and a bar service. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free and for further information, call 604-530-7897.
Clash at the Cascades 19 What: amateur boxing When: Friday, July 13. Doors open at 7 p.m., bouts begin at 7: 30 p.m.
Where: Coast Hotel and Convention Centre beside Cascades Casino, 20393 Fraser Highway