Sam Skiffington

Fernie Old School Boxers head to Bronze Gloves

Two Fernie Old School Boxing Club members are headed to Richmond B.C. to compete in the Combsport sanctioned Bronze Gloves event on Oct. 8.

Two Fernie Old School Boxing Club members are headed to Richmond B.C. to compete in the Combsport sanctioned Bronze Gloves event on Oct. 8. Sam Skiffington and Bruce Doey will try to fight for the win with aims to advance to a silver gloves level event.

The Oct. 8 event is for novice boxers and aims to give grass root athletes the chance to compete and grow. Michael Johnson, president of the Fernie club is looking forward to the event and sees it as a highlight for the boxer’s season so far.

“We are excited for our boxers competing following on from the disappointment of having to recently cancel our event in Fernie,” he said.
































Sam Skiffington, I grew up around Golden, and I have lived in Fernie for about five years.

Why did you start boxing?

I started it for fitness at first, then I decided to try competing because I was looking for a new life experience.

How long have you been competing?

I started competing about four months after I joined, I prefer to fight at super welterweight but have fought at other weights as well.

What are your hopes for the event?

My intention for this event is to walk away with the win. It would be a very foolish thing to enter a boxing match you weren’t planning to win. Losing in this sport can be a very painful experience, however; losing a close fight can still be an accomplishment. Every time you step through the ropes you step out a stronger person.

How are you getting ready for the event?

Training for competition requires about six weeks of dedication. I try to get five good workouts in per week, with as much ring time (sparring) as possible. A typical night at our club is a 90-minute workout, which of about half conditioning and half skills training.

In the ring, what are your greatest strengths?

My greatest strengths in the ring are my fast rhythm and high endurance and a strong chin.

Who has helped you get to where you are now?

The people who have helped me the most in this sport are Cam Carr and Mike Johnson. Both those guys have been coaching me since day one.
































My name is Bruce Doey, I am from Sparwood, and live in Sparwood.

When did you start boxing?

I started boxing because I don’t like the gym, and it seemed like a fun way to get into shape.

How long have you been competing?

I have tried to compete on and off for three years. I decided to compete to step out of my comfort zone, and to test myself. I fight in the cruiser weight class, my second fight I fought in was the classic heavy weight division.

What are your hopes for the event?

I hope to win the fight with using my skills. This will be the biggest event for me so far.

How are you getting ready for the event?

I am preparing by doing as much training as I can, I go to boxing one or two times a week, run two or three times a week and any other workout is a bonus. Might not seem like a lot but I have two boys, and they come first

In the ring, what are your greatest strengths?

Don’t know my greatest strengths, sparring is completely different than actually fighting in the ring. What I think I do well might change when my nerves start to go.

Who has helped you get to where you are now?

The people that have helped me get to this point and also the people I would like to thank, Mike, Sam, Cam, Glen, Bob, Kevin and everyone who comes to the club and gives their everything in sparring and drills. And my wife that supports me and pushes me to keep at it, even after so many cancelled fights.

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