There is nothing like being in the room when a live boxing match is taking place. Tonight, I saw in the flesh my first pro boxing fights. I must say, I wasn’t disappointed.
The events took place at the Bowness Community Center in Calgary, Alberta. The night started with some amateur bouts. Gwyn Lewis represented Bowmount Boxing in true Gwyn fashion…with a win. Coach Jesse Bartlett of Legacy Boxing was very enthusiastic having his fighters stepping into the ring from the blue corner and stepping out of the ring victorious. The amateur fights did what they were supposed to do. They entertained the audience, and they got us warmed up for the professional fights.
The closer it got to the NCC Title Fight between Albert Onolonuse and Michael Walchuk, the warmer it became in the room. The atmosphere was thick with the heat from a packed room, and the excitement of crowd. By the time Coach Doug Harder let his camo clad team to the ring, I absolutely couldn’t sit still. I became absorbed in everything that was happening, and I became the loudest girl in the room. As Albert was stepping through the ropes, I was giving my husband a play by play. ” Wait til he takes his shirt off, you won’t believe how well conditioned he is.” And from where I was sitting, he was the best conditioned, most prepared fighter of the two. Albert presented calm, cool, collected, and confident. He already knew he didn’t have a thing to worry about. The fight was nothing short of art. Onolonuse was focused and never rattled. If it were a game of poker, he had the royal flush the whole time, and his face gave nothing away. It was amazing how Onolonuse broke through Walchuk’s guard at will, keeping the pressure on Walchuck however never appearing pressured himself. Onolonuse seems to have the ability to dodge punches before the crowd even see’s them coming, and counter, sending his opponents head back so fast the crowd barely see’s his attempt. Onolonuse put Walchuck’s through 10 rounds of punishment, and kept his cool the entire time. There was a loud gent in the audience who kept yelling to Walchuck ” you got him now, you got him rattled”. To which my response was ” Are we watching the same fight?” There was no rattling Onolonuse. It never happened. The Walchuck fan was evidently delusional . Often throughout many rounds, Albert seemed to beckon Walchuck to hit him. Almost as if taunting him. But cool and together the same time. He never lost his composure. And by not losing his composure Albert was able to take points, and keep his points, which in the end earned him the NCC Middle Weight Championship belt. And even though it probably doesn’t matter much, he won my respect as a boxer. I’ve heard boxing referred to as a beautiful science. That being said, If I were Albert, I would change my name from “The Punisher” to “The Scientist”. Well done Sir. A evening I shall never forget.