Champs Eastside Boxing attended the annual Arnie Boehm Ontario Novice Championship held in St. Catharines on the weekend of Oct. 2 to 4. Representing Champs and winner of a gold medal was Phil Hoftyzer of Morrisburg. Phil won the senior men’s (19 years and older) novice (less than 10 bouts) division to become Ontario novice light-heavyweight champion. There were four boxers in the division; however, one boxer bowed out due to injury and another boxer could not make the 81-kg weight limit. This left Phil Hoftyzer of Champs Eastside versus Steve Hoffman of Ultimate Fight Club in Sault Ste Marie in a senior men’s final. Phil got off to a slow start in the first round and fell behind on points. Phil was down by two points after the first on the scoring computer. Phil began putting his punches together in the second round and began warming to the task of taking the lead by seven points. The third had Hoffman on his bicycle trying to ward off a swarming, stronger Hoftyzer. Phil closed the bout strongly and the final score was 22–5 in points for Phil. Steve Hoffman boxed well early, showing fairly decent skills, shifty footwork and fast hands; however, Phil’s experience and strength and conditioning proved too much for his younger opponent. Next for Champs is a date at the Ottawa Carleton Racetrack where Phil Hoftyzer, Mitch Blais and Chad Campeau will be in action on Saturday, Oct. 17. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Come out to cheer on Cornwall’s boxers in an action-packed card at a great venue. Phil Hoftyzer and Mitch Blais both hope to participate in the Ontario Open Provincial Championships from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 in Windsor, ON.
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