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Not only does the south island boast some of the best kickboxing talent in Canada, the area is now home to Canada’s amateur heavyweight boxing champion.
Sooke’s Bryan Colwell defeated Quebec’s Jean-Nicholas Legare to cap-off a three-bout weekend in Quebec City at the end of April. He won the final fight by knockout, with a devastating right-hand to the chin; it was a textbook knockout punch.
Colwell, trains out of Sooke Boxing Club. The club is new, opened just three years ago by Ellen Connor, a corrections officer.
The club had a very successful 2017 national championships in Quebec City earning a total of 14 medals, six of which were Gold and eight Bronze. Gold medallist are: Ashley Rouble, Dominic Barbosa, Carson Dyck, Ali Reza, Eric Basran and Colwell.
Colwell stands at 6’1” and weighs in at 201 pounds.
He is now on the Olympic and Commonwealth Games track.
The former soccer player came to Greater Victoria from Fort St. John with the notion of playing for the University of Victoria Vikes. Plans changed once he got a taste of boxing.
He changed sports upon entering Island MMA gym on Fisgard – a boxing and MMA club owned by Jason Heit, who got his first exposure in a pre-Pan-American Games fight during the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games (although the boxing match wasn’t actually an official Commonwealth Games fight). He won. Island MMA shares space with Peterec’s Muay Thai/Peterec’s Kickboxing Club.
Colwell will next be fighting in Regina on May 26 in a Canada vs Cuba fight card.