A different technique by opponent Chris Blinkhorn, but the same result for Kenny Lally.
Lally travelled to Alberta to join boxers from B.C.’s neighbouring province in Medicine Hat for the second half of an exchange against the British Police boxing team. Lally did his part, defeating Blinkhorn by unanimous decision.
Three months ago at the first half of the exchange in Blackpool, England, Lally scored another unanimous victory over Blinkhorn.
Lally’s coach Bob Pegues said he was informed by Boxing Alberta officials that Blinkhorn had been training all summer to prepare for a rematch with the Inner City Boxing Club member. His extra preparation was noticeable in the ring, noted Lally.
“He was a really different fighter. He came more prepared, I could tell,” he said. “He stayed away from me. He tried to stay on the outside and box me the whole time, and it was working for him too. But I had also changed as a fighter too, and so they kind of cancelled each other out. He was on the outside a lot, but I just kept rushing him.
“I wasn’t really throwing a lot of punches. I was waiting for the right shots and just picking my punches.”
The match was Kenny’s first carded fight since meeting Blinkhorn a few months ago. He also boxed an opponent for the first time since he began training regularly at the Northern Sport Centre. Pegues moved training sessions for Lally and Jag Seehra from the Roll-A-Dome to UNBC’s prized sports facility about a month ago.
“It was a wicked way to start off the season, British champ, it makes you feel good,” Lally said of the win.
Lally’s match with Blinkhorn was a 119-pound senior open bout comprised of three three-minute rounds.
Five judges sat ringside and in the end, the British team scored a 6-5 victory in 11 matches.
As Lally recalled, he held a slight edge over Blinkhorn after the opening three minutes before dominating his opponent in the second round.
“I knew that I won the fight. It wasn’t that close where I was worried.”
Kenny returned to the Northern Sport Centre on Monday to prepare for another card this coming weekend. He and Seehra are both moving up weight classes for matches scheduled in Edmonton. Lally is planning to take on Evan Cardinal of the Edmonton-based Beverly Bronx Boxing Club at 126 pounds. Seehra is stepping up to the 152-lb. class for a match with another Edmonton boxer, Cougar Boxing Club member Josh Fraser.
“I just want to get in the ring and I want to fight. That’s what I’m here to do,” Lally said. “I’m not here to beak off, like some other fighters.”