Having now obtained provincial sanctioning from the Saskatchewan Amateur Boxing Association, the Prince Albert Kinsmen Club’s previously cancelled R U Tuff Enuff boxing event is back on.
Originally scheduled for Jan. 25 at the Art Hauser Centre, The Herald reported on Dec. 20 that the Kinsmen Club had cancelled the popular event, citing the absence of a provincial athletics commission necessary to sanction a professional combat sports event.
Prince Albert Kinsmen Club president Jared Devers told The Herald that they were forced to cancel the fundraiser due to provincial legislation which states that professional boxing events must be sanctioned by a provincial athletics commission, which has not yet been established.
By making several changes to the event’s structure, the Kinsmen were able to obtain sanctioning for an amateur event, said co-chair of the event’s organizing committee, Blake Edwards.
“The event is back on,” Edwards said. “Boxing Saskatchewan is going to sanction the event. In order to (get sanctioning) we needed to tighten our weight divisions up.”
The changes being made to the event’s format include lengthening fighting rounds from one to two minutes, limiting fighters to one fight in the event and altering the glove size of fighters from 16 to 10 ounces.
“It’s going to enhance the quality of fights throughout the evening,” Edwards said of the new format. “We are going to pick the winner by picking four of the best fighters of the night and the judges and the crowd will be in on that decision.”
Under the event’s original format, which would award the winning fighter a cash prize of $2,000, the event would be classified as professional.
By now awarding a “sponsorship,” rather than a cash prize, the Kinsmen were able to have the event classified as amateur and achieve sanctioning from the SABA.
“We are providing sponsorship to four of the best fighters of the night in order to enhance a possible boxing career,” explained Edwards. “Sponsorship is money provided to the winners in order to enhance their career, it’s not a prize because they won a competition.”
R U Tuff Enuff’s four winners will each receive a sponsorship of $2,000.
All fighters must be at least 18 years old and must now register through Boxing Canada. Edwards said the event will continue to hold the fighters safety in the highest regard.
“We’ve taken all the precautions that we needed to as far as blood work and head trauma,” he said, adding that the event will use SABA-sanctioned medical staff and procedures for the event.
After this years re-scheduled event, Edwards expects R U Tuff Enuff to return to its original January date in the following years.
“The organizing committee is very excited about the new format and we are glad that Boxing Saskatchewan is on board,” Edwards said.
The popular event, which attracted an estimated 1,900 spectators last year, is the Kinsmen Club’s biggest annual fundraiser.
R U Tuff Enuff has been held in Prince Albert for the past 12 years and features male and female amateur boxers of different weight classes in competition for the grand prize, with all proceeds of the event going to the Kinsmen Club and Ringside Fitness.
R U Tuff Enuff is now scheduled for May 10 at the Art Hauser Centre.