When Curtis Berg stepped into the ring at the 2003 Canada Winter Games he was expecting things to be different. He spent three years working towards the nationals and the chance to win gold.
What he wasn’t expecting was for the the fight to be stopped two minutes into the first round by the official. In the end Berg’s opponent went on to win the gold medal.
“It’s just more for us this year. The last three years of boxing was so stressful. Just concentrating on winning the fights and getting to nationals and getting there and not winning the fights it was a heartbreaker,” said Berg who returned to the ring last weekend in Prince Rupert.
“It was pretty discouraging to go and train that hard for that tournament and go in there and I did two minutes in the ring. And I thought Why did I do that. In the long run after I looked at it I worked that hard because you never know who you are going to fight. There is a lot of kids there I could have beat. It was just his day.”
After taking all of last season off from the ring and the gym Berg is back at Inner City loving every minute of it.
“It feels pretty good to be back home, this [the gym] is like home. It seems to be pretty good for the other kids that I’m here. I try and help them out and show them how hard you have to train to move on. I’ve been missing it since I’ve been gone,” said Berg who is set to hit the ring next month when the club hosts Night of the Fist at the Roll-A-Dome, a day before his 19th birthday.
Berg said stepping back from boxing was something he had to do.
“I think I did. I had to take a step back and if I want to do the sport or if I didn’t want to do the sport. I’ll be here forever now,” said Berg who will not be going to provincials this year. “Right now I’m just trying to figure out what I’m going to do. I’m just going to have fun.”
The Night of the Fist will be on November 20.