Marcus Hume finally got his match with Jag Seehra.
And he made the most of it.
During the Boxing BC Silver Gloves at the Roll-A-Dome, Hume won the decision over Jag Seehra in their 64-kilogram senior open bout on Saturday night.
Hume had expressed an interest in stepping in the ring against Seehra for the past couple of years. For the last two seasons, Seehra has been boxing at 60 kilograms and moved up a weight class to give Hume the opportunity.
Each boxer is associated with a different Prince George-based club, so opposition for the other is natural. Hume is a member of the Wayne Sponagle-coached Spruce Capital Warriors while Seehra trains under Bob Pegues in the Inner City Boxing Club.
Sponagle and Pegues are also rivals, so it’s no surprise their thoughts towards the result were different. But both credited the boxer coming from the other corner.
“My hats off to Jag. He fought one hell of a fight and I don’t care what anybody says,” said event organizer Sponagle, whose Warriors club played host to the competition. “That boy went out there and fought with heart and soul.”
Sponagle said he trained Hume to stay low against Seehra.
“Good for Marcus Hume. He outworked him, he outfought him,” Pegues said. “I’m happy for Marcus because he’s had a tough time the last couple of years and really, truly we’ve been on such a roll, a winning streak, that a little humble pie isn’t a bad thing for us. We’re going to be eating a little humble pie and we needed that.”
Hume went on to win his second match in the division on the weekend, defeating Dylan Bishop of Maple Ridge on Sunday. The two victories earned him the Silverboy award, while his tilt with Seehra was Sponagle’s choice for best fight of the weekend.
Fellow Warriors boxer Thomas Speirs went toe to toe with Ryan O’Connell of Edmonton’s Cougar Boxing Club in an 81 kg senior open fight on Saturday night. Like his teammate Hume, he was victorious.
For Seehra, the defeat fell on his last bout before leaving for Cumana, Venezuela to compete in a Pan American Games qualifier. He left for the event in Venezuela on Wednesday and returns next Thursday.
“(The loss to Hume) is just bad timing for Venezuela, but maybe good timing because I think he’ll buckle down,” Pegues said.
Lally moved up two weight classes to the 60 kg senior open division in an effort to land an opponent. Leading up to the event, Sponagle said Warriors boxer Robbie Cusine would step in the ring against Lally. Cusine backed out, a move Sponagle said was made because of an injury to his right hand.
Lally still stepped in the ring at the Silver Gloves. He boxed an exhibition against Abdul Hamid from New Westminster.
“The guy has only had nine fights in Canada, but he’s obviously fought in Afghanistan because he had some skills,” Pegues said. “But he was nothing. Kenny just absolutely handled him.”
Looking ahead, Sponagle said he’d like to put on a dinner show in late May. He complimented Speirs, Hume, Lally and Seehra.
“I think Prince George should be very proud because they definitely got the four best boxers in B.C. and to me, they got four top, top calibre amateurs in Canada.”