Justin Donally of the Fivestar Fight League says amateur cards give fighters a chance to continue to enhance their skills without going pro before they are ready.
“We’ve got an affiliate gym in Tumbler Ridge and our head kickboxing coach [Paul Rosborough] is there all the time and he has a huge amount of athletes there,” he says. “It’s really important that you keep these amateurs active so they’re not going pro before it’s time to go pro. Our kickboxing program here at Fivestar is huge. This gives us a chance to really promote kickboxing as well as MMA.”
He adds that last year’s show in Tumbler Ridge went very well despite the small population and hopes to make a stop in the town an annual event for Fivestar.
“Tumbler [Ridge] was a huge success. Aside from Fort St. John it was my favourite show. We had close to 800 people come out in Tumbler Ridge with a population of less than 4,000,” Donally states. “The whole community got behind it. We’ve got six or seven locals competing on the card. It’s a little hidden gem. Not only is it a good fight town but it’s a beautiful place to visit. We’re really looking forward to going back and doing it and we’ll continue to do it every year.”
In an effort to allow anyone to come who may have been affected by job losses in the community, tickets prices for the event have been reduced and some will be given away in a charity event prior to weigh ins for the card.
“There’s been some layoffs as everybody has heard in the mines down there so obviously we had to look at that when we were planning this card but we said ‘you know what, if we have to go there and give away tickets we’re going to come back’ because we want to support the community,” Donally explains. “We dropped our ticket prices down for this event so everybody could afford to go. We’re doing a charity golf tournament the day before weight ins and giving away a bunch of free tickets for that. It’s what we do; we give back and we’ll put on a great show for Tumbler [Ridge] and we’ll be back next year.”
Tickets for the event are $65 for beer garden tickets and $45 for general admission. VIP tables run at $100 per person for a table of ten. Tickets are on sale now at Fivestar Athletics.