SUDBURY – Fighting out of the Sault Boxing Club, local amateur boxer Abed “Andy” Haidar earned his first win in the ring over Avery Lacroix at the Top Glove Academy Fight Night in Sudbury last weekend.
Haidar, originally from London but now living in Sault Ste. Marie, traded his basketball shorts for a pair of boxing trunks, but the conditioning he developed on the court helped carry him to a 2-1 decision over a tough and determined opponent.
The first round was close as Lacroix, representing the No Excuses Boxing Club in Burlington, used his size and reach advantages to good effect, landing several punches over the guard of Haidar, a former Algoma University Thunderbird.
In the second round, the Sault fighter settled in and used fast footwork to dart in and out of range, employing lateral movement and well-placed body punches to score points and keep the heavier fighter at bay while a small (but vocal) Sault Ste. Marie contingent cheered him on.
With the fight on the line in the third round both boxers came out swinging, but it was Haidar who found a home for his best punches while avoiding most of the return fire. He landed several lead rights, including a solid blow that seemed to momentarily stun his opponent and elicit an audible reaction from the audience.
Displaying the best sportsmanship boxing has to offer, the fighters embraced and shook hands with the opposing corners after the judges’ decision was announced. Andy expressed thanks and love to his fiancée Erika, family and friends…as well as the coaches/members of the Sault Boxing Club for many rounds of hard work and dedication.