Turmoil on 200th Langley, British Columbia, Canada

May 25, 2018

Bisla Boxing and Langley City Boxing

local favorite Alisah McPhee stepped in the ring to face Ontario Canada's Shelly Barnett in an eight round bantam weight fight for the Canadian Championship at the Langley Event Center. McPhee entered the ring with four wins and only one loss, while Barnett claimed three wins and had not yet been beat. McPhee has been out of the ring for a few years, though stays active in the gym. Barnett has, on the other hand been busy in the ring over the course of the last year.

Both women were busy in the opening round behind the jab. They quickly took the measure of each other and by midround were able to move and slip punches. While McPhee threw more jabs, Barnett was launching shots at McPhee's body. Barnett had a good second round as raised her punch output. McPhee threw counter punches towards Barnett's head, and when in close fired to her body. Barnett caught McPhee with a straight right that opened a cut above McPhee's left eye, but the corner was able to stop he bleeding between rounds.

Barnett remained very active in the third round as she aimed most of her punches at McPhee's head. Barnett's offense meant that McPhee had to spend a lot of time moving, and she moves well, so she avoided serious trouble. McPhee shot a lot of straight right hands at Barnett in the round to keep Barnett from closing the distance between the two. McPhee had a solid fourth round, but even so, she found it hard to out work Barnett who was throwing and scoring with both hands.

Barnett controlled most of the action in the fifth round she landed the heavier shots and kept McPhee moving. McPhee fired a lot of punches, and even though many landed, she could not keep Barnett from coming forward. McPhee began to regain some momentum in the sixth round as she returned to her jab and dropped down to catch Barnett's body. However, Barnett was able to land the heavier shots over the course of the round.

McPhee fought tough in the closing rounds and answered the bell for the seventh by meeting Barnett in the center of the ring and throwing a number of body shots. After landing shots to the body, McPhee threw combinations at Barnett's head. Barnett withstood the McPhee onslaught and continued to keep close and land punches inside. McPhee out boxed Barnett in the closing round, but Barnett continued to land the heavier punches.

After eight rounds the judges scored the fight 80-72; 78-74; and 77-75 for Shelly Barnett who would claim the unanimous decision victory and wear the Championship belt.

McPhee's left catches barnett

Barnett throws a left through McPhee's defense

Aujula started his assault by launching a left that jolted Roberson's head

Aman Aujula made his professional debut facing Kevin Roberson. Roberson has had a few tough outings lately as he has lost twice by TKO. It is not that Roberson is a bad boxer, he has just faced some tough opponents.

And the world of boxing would not get any easier for Roberson on this night. Though Roberson threw some effective punches early, and Aujula had to make some slight adjustments to create the angles that would allow him to land his punches, Roberson could not counter the stronger and quicker Aujula. Aujula proved to be quicker, more accurate and busier in the opening moments of the first round. When Roberson took a step backwards to avoid a punch, Aujula threw a wide right hand that caught Roberson flush on the chin and dropped him to the canvas. Roberson struggled to rise while the referee counted, and he did rise, but his legs were not solid underneath him and the referee waved the fight to an end.

Aujula would claim his first win by way of a TKO at 1:42 of the opening round.

The Amateur BC Heavyweight Championship was on the line as Palvir Atwal faced Brandon Colantonio in a five round bout. Both men showed they have potential to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division in the Pacific Northwest.

Colantonio was the busier fighter in an opening round that suffered from a slow pace. He threw more punches and often launched combinations. Atwal used his reach advantage to catch Colantonio when he stepped in. Atwal had a better second round as he opened up and began to throw more punches. The pace of the round was slightly quicker than the opener.

Colantonio regained control of the fight in the third by moving to avoid Atwal's reach. While Atwal did land some good punches, he did not throw as many as he had in the second round. Atwal scored in the fourth round, but he did so by throwing and landing single punches. there were moments when he could have caused some potential damage had he thrown a combination. Colantonio did well to keep pressuring Atwal while standing in close to neutralize Atwal's height and reach.

Atwal answered the bell for the fifth round throwing combinations, and often he was able to score doing so. Colantonio continued to fight in close and throw shots to Atwal's body.

After five rounds the judges declared Atwal the winner behind a split decision.

Atwal catches Colantonio with a left

Jackson's left scored early

Lev Jackson and Jacob George fought four rounds in what should be described as one of those fights were the boxer's style dictates the action and in this case the outcome. George is a man that swings wildly and charges his opponent while Jackson is a tactician that looks for and awaits opportunities to gain an advantage.

There was a lot of swinging in the first round, but it was Jackson that proved to have more control of his punches. More control meant landing more punches and Jackson caught and staggered George near the two minute mark. though Jackson tried to jump on George, George did a nice job of moving away from trouble and firing back at Jackson. Jackson had a solid second round as he pressured George and made him move around the ring. George continued to throw punches, but he was often able to only throw one at a time.

George came out much more aggressively in the third round. He kept after Jackson and threw many more punches. Jackson showed some clever footwork and was able to slip away from some of the heavier shots George threw. George had a good fourth round as well. He stayed busy and tired to catch Jackson with a heavy shot. If George suffered from anything in the closing round it was that he threw his punches from out wide and that allowed Jackson to see them coming and slip out of trouble.

After four rounds the judges awarded the unanimous decision victory to Lev Jackson.

One of the better fights of the night saw Manraj Dhanoa battling for four rounds with Ari Ashari. Both men are talented boxers. Both men can throw a heavy punch. And both men showed that they can take a punch and keep coming forward.

Ashari was able to score behind the combination in a first round that was slow of pace. Dhanoa proved clever though as he stood in tight to keep Ashari from landing long reaching punches. Dhanoa was more active in the second round. He began by shooting his right hand, and then, after finding some success with that, he doubled it with his left. Ashari was on the receiving end of a few combinations in the round.

The third round was very close. Neither man threw many jabs, resorting to hard straight rights, and many landed. The pace of the final round was much quicker. Both men threw a lot of punches and while both of them caught some heavy shots, both showed that they could take a punch and keep coming forward.

After four good rounds of action the judges gave the unanimous decision victory to Manraj Dhanoa.

Dhanoa lands to Ashari's body

valera shoots his left at Henry-Maiale's body

The night began when Anthony Valera entered the ring to fight Austin Henry-Maiale in a four round amateur bout.

In the opening round Henry-Maiale kept Valera at a distance by keeping his jab in Valera's face. It took a while for Valera to find a way to answer, but as the round neared an end, Valera scored with a heavy overhand right. The second round proved to be better for Valera, though the pace of the round slowed. Valera began to use his jab effectively and when he shot it through Henry-Maiale's defense, Valera bloodied Henry-Maiale's nose.

Early in the third round Valera scored when he landed a heavy left Henry-Maiale's head. The shot slowed Henry-Maiale for a few moments, but he soon returned to his jab and as the round closed he caught Valera a few times. Henry-Maiale scored behind his combination in the fourth round. He worked hard to keep the pressure on Valera, who slipped out of trouble and proved adept at throwing punches while sliding to the side.

The judges scored the fight a unanimous decision in favor of Anthony Valera.

Canadian Bantam Weight Champion

Shelly "Machine Gun" Barnett