Just Do It boxer battles back to a draw

Just Do It boxer Andrew Michel fought a tough battle against Griffins’ own, Paul Trebilico, at Griffins Boxing in North Vancouver Oct. 21.

Bouncing back from a slow start, finding his skill in the second, and showing huge heart in the third, gave him enough for a draw, and a huge ovation from the boisterous crowd, as well as a handshake from one of the judges, reports coach Brian Barker.

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Coach Barker says Michel, a senior novice, has been training hard since last summer.

“One serious disadvantage for Andrew that had us concerned was a lack of sparring partners, which definitely showed in the slow start,” said Barker. “But hard training and huge heart carried him.”

He said losing the first round in the Oct. 21 bout was tough on Michel’s confidence and was a boost for Trebilico.

“But Andrew learned fast, adapted, found a strategy and got better as the fight progressed. He landed some huge hooks to neutralize his opponent’s inside style.”

It was a memorable night at the well-known and highly esteemed Griffins Boxing – Canadian National gold medalist Connor Hollingshead defended his title.

Barker jokes that on the way home, he told Andrew Michel he can now claim he fought in a ring where greats George Chuvalo and Muhammad Ali trained.

“Just not at the same time!”

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