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Airdrie boxing club prepares for 'Rumble at Humble' fight night this Friday

Airdrie's boxing fans will be able to get their live fix of the sport this Friday, as the Humble Boxing Academy gets set to host its inaugural fight night – Rumble at Humble – on June 17.
Airdrie's Humble Boxing Academy is primed to host the 'Rumble at Humble' boxing event this Friday.

Airdrie's boxing fans will be able to get their live fix of the sport this Friday, as Humble Boxing Academy gets set to host its first-ever fight night – Rumble at Humble – on June 17. 

According to Humble Boxing Academy owner Lucas George, the Friday fight night will see both local and visiting boxers take to a makeshift ring set up at the Airdrie Town and Country Centre. Weigh-ins are at 5 p.m., doors open to the public at 6 p.m., and the three-round bouts get underway at 7 p.m.

“It’s our first event, so it’s been a lot of work and stress planning this,” George said. “But I think it’s all going to pay off and we’re just happy we’ll be able to give opportunity to not just our boxers and local boxers, but the charities that will reap the benefits of it.”

Tickets will be sold at the door for $30 a person. However, George noted that if attendees bring a non-perishable food donation, they will receive a $5 discount. The donations will support the Airdrie Food Bank, while proceeds from ticket and liquor sales will go to BGC Airdrie Club and Community Links.

Humble Boxing Academy opened as a brick-and-mortar location in East Lake Industrial Park in January this year, though George has coached boxers under the moniker for the last six years. The recently opened gym aims to offer a variety of boxing and training programs for all levels, including beginner, intermediate, a kids class, and a competitive program. George added the gym also offer fitness-focused boxing workouts and a women’s-only class.

One of the club's fighters who will take to the ring this Friday night is Jimsteven Pasibe, a novice 18-year-old boxer from northwest Calgary, who got into the sport last year. He'll be taking on an opponent from Grizzly Boxing Club, in northeast Calgary. 

Having recently earned the Diamond Belt for the 130-pound weight class by winning a fight in Lacombe on May 28, Pasibe said he's eager to get back in the ring. 

“It’s going to be a fun event,” said Pasibe, adding he's actually known his upcoming opponent since they were kids, as they attended the same elementary school.

The Notre Dame High School grad said what he enjoys most about boxing is the sport's sense of family – something he said he's experienced in spades since bringing his training regime to Airdrie and representing Humble in the ring.

“I actually started boxing at Olympus Boxing Club in Calgary through my friend at school. I ended up moving to Humble and that’s where I met coach Lucas and everyone else at that gym,” Pasibe said. “They’re more than just a team, but like a family. They treat me as if I was a second child and that means a lot to me.”

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