FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Five Star Boxing athletes Nick Young and Eddie Scarfo are headed to Calgary this weekend to display their boxing prowess at the YYC Cup.

This is Young’s first big tournament since competing in the Canadian Nationals in 2018.

Young has had a rigorous training schedule leading up to the tournament, with three to four hours of training every day. Most of those days begin with a 4:30 a.m. start.

“Monday, Wednesday, Friday, I’ll usually run anywhere from four to five miles in the morning before work,” said Young.

He also adds that he sometimes hits the gym for an hour during his lunch to “do a little bag work.”

Come 6:30 p.m., he has his boxing class for an hour. He also recently received some training from Canadian and North American champions in Parksville.

“It was awesome training. Four hours in the gym minimum with them.”

Young said he’d do five and a half hours of training total and work on his strength and conditioning when he wasn’t training with the champions.

“I’m feeling very good. I feel as though I’m in super good shape. I’ve been training very hard since, well, February, as soon as they announced the Western Canadian Finals. It gave me some goosebumps.”

Justin Donnally, coach and owner of Five Start Boxing, says, “It’s been a weird couple of years for all of us, not just in boxing, but in the whole world.”

Donnally says that Young isn’t just up against ‘the best in the west.’

“He’s actually fighting the best in the country because there’s two or three of the best guys from out east coming in for the tournament as well.”

Donnally explains that they’re looking at four straight days of fighting to get a championship, with Young competing in the light middleweight division and Scarfo in the lightweight division.

Shailynn Foster

Shailynn Foster is a news reporter for energeticcity.ca. Shailynn has been writing since she was 7 years old, but only recently started her journey as a journalist. Shailynn was born and raised in Fort St. John and she watches way too much YouTube, Netflix and Disney+ during the week while playing DND on the weekends.