Fivestar Owner Justin Donally says those on the card have been waiting for this day for some time and it is showing in their preparations for fight night.
“It’s funny because I’ve been managing fighters and coaching and helping guys out for quite a few years now,” he says. “All of these guys came out and I’ve never seen any of them in as good of shape as they’re in. They’ve trained so hard for this and they’re so excited. They’ve never been able to fight in front of their friends and families before.”
As oppose to other MMA or boxing shows Fivestar productions are geared towards the fans in attendance instead of those watching on TV or online. Donally says there is always something going on for the fans even between fights.
“We build our events for the crowd and that’s the difference between Fivestar and some of these other promotions. Everybody is out to get the good look on TV. We’re not pretending to be anything we’re not,” he explains. “We build the show so it’s crowd friendly so you don’t have stale times in the show. We have entertainment going on all the time. We do record our shows and we do air them later but we aren’t a live production. That’s not our goal at this time.”
Two championships will be on the line on Friday night. Brad Stewart defends his Fivestar Fight League Middleweight Title again Cody Krahn in the main event, and Duncan “The Heartbreak Kid” Wilson will tangle with Jonathan Cowan for the Fivestar Fight League Middleweight Title.
“Brad Stewart, and Duncan Wilson are both local guys. I’ve never seen anybody train as hard as they’ve trained. They’re in phenomenal shape and they’re ready to go,” Donally states. “Cody Krahn is challenging Brad Stewart for that title and he is super excited. Win, lose, or draw for Brad I expect a huge, huge fight. Anybody that knows Duncan Wilson or has seen him fight before knows he is one of the most exciting guys you will ever see.”
For Donally himself one of the main reasons he started the Fivestar brand was for an opportunity to put on a local fight show. He says it will be the best show put on by the organization.
“It means everything to me. We started this fight league a year and a half to two years ago. We set out and the whole reason for doing our first show was to get to Fort St. John. That being said we wanted to prove ourselves and get out there and make a name for ourselves. We set out to be small in the Peace region and as it turned out we ended up being one of the most respected and biggest promotions in western Canada. We’re excited. It’s the biggest and best show we’ve done.”
Around 100 tickets remain up for grabs for Homecoming and are expected to be spoken for very soon. General tickets are available at Fivestar Athletics, Hi-Performance Motor Sports, Marc Joseph and Trends Clothing, The Barber Shop, and MC Rehabilitation and Wellness.
General admission seats are $65.