This past Saturday marked a historic moment for us here at Rival.
The beautiful city of Liverpool, England was the backdrop for the WBC Light-Heavyweight Elimination bout between number 1 ranked Tony “Bomber” Bellew and the number 3 ranked contender the “Wildcat”, Isaac Chilemba.
For the first time in our short history, and for the first time on international soil, two boxers faced each other wearing complete Rival attire and the brand new Rival pro fight gloves. As both fighters entered the ring, it was a proud moment for us as the clothes and the gloves looked wonderful.
Bellew kitted out in beautiful blue in honor of his favorite football (soccer) team Everton, and Chilemba in his traditional red and gold looked every bit the world class boxers they are as they prepared for the hostilities.
It was clear that both fighters took pride in what they wore and we were happy and proud to be able to make it happen for them.
Next week, I will be heading south to Las Vegas in order to attend training camp with former light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal as he prepares for his ultimate and massive showdown May 25th against former super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute.
At the time of this writing over 15,000 tickets have been sold for this event, which promises to be the biggest showdown in Canadian boxing history.