Williams Lake Boxing Club member Dan Mott and his trophy after winning a July 4 fight at Combsport’s Clash at the Cascades.

Williams Lake Boxing Club member Dan Mott and his trophy after winning a July 4 fight at Combsport’s Clash at the Cascades.

Boxer has sights set on amateur title shot

Dan Mott is scaling the rankings of the B.C. Combative Sports Association (Combsport).

Dan Mott is scaling the rankings of the B.C. Combative Sports Association (Combsport).

The Quesnel boxer, who fights out of the Williams Lake Boxing Club,  is coming off a victory over Vancouver Island’s Mitch DeMone July 4 at Combsport’s Clash at the Cascades, held at the Cascades Casino in Langley.

Mott has been travelling to Williams Lake once or twice a week to train in preparation for the 175-pound bout.

“I normally fight at 168 (pounds) but didn’t for this one,” the 24-year-old said. “I was kind of shocked at how big he was.”

Mott, however, battled to a three-round unanimous decision using speed, some power punching and pressure to his advantage.

“I thought I started a bit slow and was trying to feel him out,” he said. “Each round I thought I sped up the pace. (In the third) as soon as it started I went at him.”

Big right hands and a solid left hook to the body proved to be too much for DeMone, he said.

It was Mott’s first amateur fight since the WLBC switched associations from the B.C. Boxing Association to Combsport — a fledgling organization affiliated with the Canadian Fight Sports Association and the WBC World Amateur Association.

“That was my first Combsport win but I’ve had 12 fights overall,” he said. “It felt good. The event was well put together, there was a big crowd. I’m from nowhere near there and the crowd still cheered me so that was awesome.”

Mott now has his sights set on a Combsport title. He’s currently ranked third in the 175-pound light heavyweight division and fourth in the 168-pound super middleweight division.

“Now I really want one (a title),” he said. “So I’m going to work my ass off trying to get one.”

He credited the members of the WLBC and coach Gary McLellan for getting him in fight shape.

“They’ve got an awesome club,” he said. “Gary and his sons — they’ve welcomed me in and I contribute a lot of that to this fight.”

The WLBC is running all summer long on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting at 6 p.m. and are welcoming new or interested members to drop on by. The WLBC is located in the basement of the Western Wood Heat building at 1515 on Highway 97.