Salmon Arm’s Bulldog Boxing owner, Peggy Maerz, is fighting in Nanaimo on July 18 at the Port Theatre.
Maerz’s normal fight weight is 112 pounds. This fight was originally for 119, but has been negotiated to 115. Opponent Alisha McPhee is bigger, but Maerz is relentless and strong.
Maerz has been working with one of her boxers, undefeated Ryan Hornung, to get her ready as her trainer.
It was a welcome surprise for Maerz to have Mickey Sims, her former and longtime trainer, pop by to check for fight readiness. Sims had words of advice for Peggy and Ryan, and confirmed they are on track.
Maerz will need to stay settled on her feet and cut off the ring to her opponent. She is grateful to have some of her recreational members attend the fight to support.
In other boxing news, Ryan McGregor fought in his first Bronze Gloves Tournament on July 5 at McArthur Sports Centre in Kamloops, and won his division by TKO. It was an exciting battle that saw McGregor knock his opponent’s mouth guard out with a beautiful left hook.
Pam Wocnitz fought a girl 12 pounds heavier, stopping her with an eight count. However, the judges gave Wocnitz a split decision loss. Maerz, Wocnitz’s coach, saw it as a split decision with the first two rounds going to Wocnitz and the last going to her opponent.
Ches Meikle fought his first fight at 45 years old, a dream he has carried since he was 18. His exhibition match was against a man 20 years younger and 50 pounds heavier. It was a good fight that found both men enjoying the experience.