The Nelson Boxing Club was filled with a cast of aspiring young boxers as the local organization played host to a Summer Boxing Camp this past week at the Baker Street location in the basement of the Pharmasave Building.
More than 15 boxers from host Nelson, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Vancouver, Nanaimo and Saskatchewan were put through 12-hour days to refine their skills in the ring.
“It’s been great to have the energy in the club over the summer,” said Nelson Boxing Club head coach Jesse Pineiro.
“It's been good energy and these kids are learning every day and getting tested against fighters they normally wouldn’t see.”
The normal day saw boxers wake up for some road work at 6 a.m. before breakfast.
A technical training session would take participants to lunch before an afternoon of sparring.
Conditioning would complete the day.
“It’s been awesome for our boxers to compete against boxers from outside our club to see where they fit in the sport,” said Pineiro.
“And what I’m seeing our guys are looking very favourable with other boxers.”
Pineiro is optimistic three boxers from Nelson have the skills to compete at the upcoming Canada Winter Games.
Short term, a group from Nelson competed on a card Saturday in in Kellogg, Idaho.