The Confratellanza Italo Canadese together with the North Burnaby Boxing Club (NBBC) have partnered up to bring boxing back The 5th Annual Night of Fights to the Italian Cultural Center.
The evening’s card was stacked with 7 explosive bouts ranging from 135lb champions all the way up to 168lb Super Middle-Weight. All being trying to out skill, out punch and most importantly, out think each other over the 3 and 4 round distance.
The main event was a British Columbia Welterweight Title-147lbs affair with Ajit Sidhu of POWD against Maple ridge’s former Canadian Champion Jeremy Cooke.
This year the Confratellanza Italo Canadese gave their Angelo Branca Sportsman’s Trophy to Lui Passaglia. Lui Passaglia born June 7, 1954 is a former professional Canadian football player. Passaglia was the placekicker/punter for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League for a record-breaking 25 years (1976–2000) and scored more points in that time than any professional gridiron football player in history. He is a member of the Canadian Football Hall
of Fame, the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame, and the BC Lions Wall of Fame. Passaglia’s #5 jersey is one of nine numbers retired by the Lions. In 2003, Passaglia was voted a member of the BC Lions All- Time Dream Team as part of the club’s 50 year anniversary celebration. In 2006, Passaglia was voted one of the CFL’s Top 50 players (#30) of the league’s modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.
Following his years playing with the Lions, Passaglia worked for seven years as the Lions director of community
relations. He resigned from the Lions at the conclusion of the 2007 CFL season to devote his time to his family property development business. Passaglia was replaced as BC Lions director of community relations by fellow Lions great and former teammate, Jamie Taras.
Passaglia has lived in the city of Coquitlam for over 20 years.In 2006, Simon Fraser University granted him an honorary degree and he delivered a convocation address.
In 2014, Passaglia revealed that he was receiving chemotherapy stage 3 colon cancer. By going public, he intended to fundraise for research and treatment.
MARCO POLO What means Night of Fights boxing gala organized by Confratellanza Italo-Canadese and NBBC?
JOHN TETI Very simple it’s a joint venture between Confratellanza Italo-Canadese and NBBC to present The Night of Fights the annual gala boxing.
MARCO POLO What made you decide to get into boxing?
JOHN TETI The boxing judge George Angelomatis started putting this Gala together in the 1980’s but unfortunately he
passed away so we have decided five years ago to continue the tradition.
MARCO POLO How do you pick opponents for your fighters?
JOHN TETI It’s Manny Sobral and his team merit. He is our matchmaker and one of the owner of North Burnaby Boxing Club.
MARCO POLO What are your thoughts of Vancouver as a fight city?
JOHN TETI How I mentioned, Italians and Vancouver itself have a big tradition in boxing. So this is the place if you would like to watch some good games.
MARCO POLO What are your thoughts on the current gala?
JOHN TETI I think it’s a big success, a great venue. In this particular night we have a large diversity of people. I’m really happy!
MARCO POLO Could you give us any details on your next show, or is it still just in the early planning stages?
JOHN TETI We only do once a year the boxing gala so see you next year.
MARCO POLO Anything else about you that you think our readers should know?
JOHN TETI Get your tickets early, it’s sold out very fast! (Laughing)
Thank you John for taking time out from your boxing gala, for this short exclusive interview.