Tristan Meldrum

Meldrum, Mulvahill compete at boxing provincials

Two Williams Lake Boxing Club members landed a one, two punch at the Provincial Boxing Championships in Revelstoke recently.

Two Williams Lake Boxing Club members landed a one, two punch at the Provincial Boxing Championships in Revelstoke recently.

The event, held at the end of November, featured boxers from around B.C.

Representing the WLBC were senior boxer Harley Mulvahill and Tristan Meldrum, a junior boxer with the club.

“The winners of this get to go across Canada to fight at nationals,” Mulvahill said.

Mulvahill, who landed a spot in the final after he drew the first-round bye, took on Sean Kearney of Vancouver in a 152-pound contest.

“I actually almost didn’t make weight,” he said, noting it’s never really been a problem for him in the past, and he had another day to cut the weight for the bout. “I had to put on a garbage bag with head and arm holes with a sweat suit over top and skip. Then I just went in the bathroom and turned the shower on hot. I weight in one ounce under.

“I felt good. I felt strong, so that’s not a complaint.”

After three rounds Mulvahill’s opponent out-scored him on the judges’ computer scoring system by three punches landed; however, an opportunity to attend nationals was still available to Mulvahill for finishing second.

“He was really good at staying away from me, which worked well to his advantage,” he said. “I’d like to get him again, though.”

“It’s in Cape Breton this year so I probably won’t go,” he said.

The fun part for Mulvahill, he said, was helping corner Meldrum’s second match ever.

“His fight was awesome,” he said. “He fought the first day and was the first fight of the day. He was nervous — it’s been a year since he fought his first fight but he ended up looking really awesome.”

Mulvahill said Meldrum was in better shape and was able to outlast his opponent, even scoring a standing eight-count.

“Tristan stayed right on him and wouldn’t let him catch any breath,” he said. “He won just about every round, easily.”

Mulvahill added much thanks is due to the WLBC coaches and to his sparring partners.

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