Sports

Kaye clobbers Sask to earn title shot

Chilliwack’s Darcie Kaye proved that speed and skill are a winning combination, taking down a bigger and stronger opponent in a women’s boxing match last Friday.

Kaye took on Jillian Sask of Port Kells Boxing at the Fraserview Hall in Vancouver.

“Darcie fought a great fight, showing superior boxing skills while scoring often throughout the bout,” said her coach, Keith Holdsworth. “By the end, Sask showed clear evidence of the power and accuracy of Darcie’s combinations.”

Sask rallied in the last 30 seconds, but Kaye’s defence and footwork kept her out of serious danger. She improved her record to 4-2 with two knockouts.

“This was by far the best I have ever seen Darcie fight,” Holdsworth beamed. “She looked like a pro, and her conditioning is at an elite level right now.”

Kaye’s meteoric rise can be credited to training with and sparring against pro boxers Sarah Pucek and Alisah McPhee of Langley Revolution, and Jamie Ward of Pep’s Boxing (Vancouver).

Pucek went 10 rounds with Montreal’s Lucia Larcinese on the same night as Kaye’s fight, capturing the Professional Canadian featherweight title.

Kaye will fight one of two Action Boxing (Vancouver) athletes next, with a chance to snare a belt of her own. A bout against Sara Haghighhat Joo would be for the Combsports super featherweight title. A bout against Jen Yager would be for the Combsports super lightweight title. Either fight would happen early in the new year.

“Both of these girls have vastly different styles,” Holdsworth said. “Once we have a little rest, we will decide which belt we will attempt to capture.”

Kaye’s home gym is Four Directions Martial Arts in Chilliwack.

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