Inner City Boxing Club members are stepping back into the ring this weekend.
Only they won’t be led by their head coach when they participate in a boxing card in Spruce Grove, Alta.
Bob Pegues, who joined Jag Seehra at the B.C. Golden Gloves in Cloverdale last month, is taking courses to receive his Level 4 coaching certification.
Pegues is taking the third of 12 courses this weekend in Whistler.
Taking over the coaching reins is pugilist Kenny Lally, who will stand in the Inner City Boxing Club’s corner for three matches. One of those bouts involves his close friend and Inner City Boxing Club teammate Jag Seehra.
“Kenny has huge vision for what’s going on in the ring,” Pegues said.
“Kenny thinks for himself. One of the things that doesn’t happen in the corner with Kenny is finding the openings and the holes. He finds those himself, and Kenny knows Jag so well. He’ll do an absolutely perfect job.
“I think that will help him understand the bigger picture which really has nothing to do with why he’s the coach. He’s the coach because right now I can’t think of a better guy to be in Jag’s corner. He knows what we’ve been going through with Jag, he knows what the program is.”
Seehra, who’s seeing action for the first time since defeating Joey Joseph of Kelowna at the B.C. Golden Gloves, is slated to step in the ring against Duane Druber of Calgary in a 141 lb. junior tilt.
“It’s almost the perfect match,” Pegues said. “They’re both the same weight, they’re both the same age, I think they both have within three fights of each other. I’ve seen (Druber) fight. He’s tough. He’s got a couple of bad habits. Kenny will know exactly how to exploit that.”
The card marks the first career match for Inner City novice boxer Steve Frame, who’s taking on Spruce Grove’s own Dave Kusmire in a 178 lb. light heavyweight, exhibition bout.
“He works really hard,” Pegues said of Frame. “At the beginning of the season I don’t think I would take this exhibition.
“At the end of the season, he’s worked hard, get his feet wet for next year, give him a little bit of (experience).”
Senior boxer Dale Stuart rounds out the field of Inner City boxers stepping into the ring at Spruce Grove. He’s scheduled to battle T.J. Taylor, who’s lives north of Edmonton.
“I hope Dale is ready,” Pegues said.
“This guy is apparently a comer. He’s apparently in good shape. Dale will have his hands full, and that makes Dale fight better too.”