Boxers Travis Mackie and Bret Anderson duke it out in last year's R U Tuff Enuff event on Jan. 26 at the Art Hauser Centre. Herald file photo.
With a new date and some minor tweaks, the Prince Albert Kinsmen Club’s annual R U Tuff Enuff boxing event is set to go on Saturday at the Art Hauser Centre.
Originally scheduled for Jan. 25, The Herald previously reported 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.
On Jan. 3, the Kinsmen Club was able to obtain sanctioning for an amateur event, bringing R U Tuff Enuff back to life.
Now sanctioned by the Saskatchewan Amateur Boxing Association, this year’s installment of R U Tuff Enuff will be different, but exciting, said co-chair of the event’s organizing committee, Blake Edwards.
“It will be good for everybody to give Tuff Enuff a fresh start,” Edwards said. “It’s going to be a good year as far as showing off boxing skills and the entertainment value is still going to be there as in previous years.”
The changes made to the event’s format in order to obtain sanctioning include lengthening fighting rounds from one to two minutes, limiting fighters to one fight in and altering glove size of fighters from 16 to 10 ounces.
In previous Tuff Enuff events, the wininng fighter would receive a cash prize of $2,000, however Edwards said due to sanctioning, this is not possible this year.
Although sanctioning prevents the event from awarding a monetary prize, it allows fighters to duke it out for something even better; an amateur boxing record.
“Each boxer will develop a record that can go on to future events, “ Edwards explained. “The boxers are coming just to compete for the love of the sport, which will be good.”
Another new element of this year’s event is the addition of youth boxers to the card, adding to an already eclectic mix of fighters of different ages and weight categories.
Edwards said pending successful weigh-ins, Saturday’s fight card looks to be of high quality as the event has attracted boxers from gyms across Western Canada.
“There is a wide variety of experience,” Edwards said of the field. “We’ve got some young guys, some older 40-year-olds, females and males competing. It’ll be a wide variety for sure.”
The popular event, which attracted an estimated 1,900 spectators last year, is the Kinsmen Club’s biggest annual fundraiser with all proceeds going to the club and Ringside Fitness.
After this year’s re-scheduled event, Edwards expects R U Tuff Enuff to return to it’s original January date in the following years.
“That’s our plan,” he explained. “It’s easier to attract more local boxers at that time. The intention is to move it back to the last Saturday of January.”
Tickets for Saturday’s event are priced at $25 in advance or $30 at the door and can be purchased at various retailers throughout the city including Boston Pizza, P.A. Sound Works, Propaganda and Humpty’s.
Doors for the event open at 5 p.m. on Saturday with fights scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.