Dave Leblond, the Canadian boxer who lost by split decision to Jamaica’s Tsetsi Davis, returns to the Wray & Nephew 2017 junior middleweight series tonight, to fight Jamaica’s Nico Yeyo, because of a twist of fate.Yeyo was scheduled to meet another Canadian, Ryan Wagner, but Wagner is reported to have failed a medical examination last week and is not eligible to fight tonight. The bout, which will be over five rounds is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on Television Jamaica.Because of the outpouring of support for Leblond following his close loss, the promoters decided to bring him back into the series, and he declared on his return to Jamaica on the weekend, that he is “a very happy man”. Leblond lost to Davis by split decision, and although it was accepted that the fight was a very close one, he filed an appeal with the Jamaica Boxing Board. The appeal was, however, thrown out.PROFESSIONALDEBUTTonight, in the sixth week of competition, he goes against a Jamaican boxer who is making his professional debut, but has declared himself yesterday, as being “ready for the challenge”. When Yeyo heard that Leblond was to be his opponent, he was concerned that “a fighter who lost is returning” but word is that he has accepted the fact that it is going to happen, and is preparing himself mentally for the fight.Leblond, whose record is one win and one loss, showed in his fight against Davis that he is a good all-round boxer, and his trainer, Patrice Trudeau, said after the Davis fight that “it did him a world of good, and put him in good stead for his next fight”, which he said then was scheduled for June. This is now happening, however, and they were “pretty confident of victory” yesterday.Yeyo has had about 25 amateur fights, and on his night, he can perform brilliantly. One never knows what to expect from him, however, so one will have to wait to see which of his many facets will be on display tonight. It should be a keenly contested affair.In the bouts that precede the professional bouts, two amateur boxers from Canada, welterweight Joshua Frazer and middleweight Jake Daoust, are scheduled to go against Jamaican opponents.
“It is a real pleasure to present this Century Farm Award to a pioneer Peace region farm family,” he said in a release.“Congratulations to the Birley family on their accomplishments and I wish them all the best as they continue their proud farming tradition in our area.” Farming ain’t always easy in the north, but one North Peace family is being honoured for keeping at it for 100 years.The Birley Farm has been bestowed with a Century Farm Award today, an award that celebrates British Columbia’s agricultural history.“The Birley family is proud to have continued to farm in this area for four generations, especially since farming in the North has always been a challenge,” Sandra Gunn, one of the farm’s three owners, is quoted as saying in a press release.“We believe that now, more than ever, farmers must unite to ensure the longevity of food security, particularly in the Northeast.- Advertisement -“We hope that everyone will join us in celebrating a long tradition of agriculture here in the Peace region,” she said.Kenneth Birley first broke his Baldonnel land in 1914 after moving to Canada from Australia, and choosing a homestead on a plateau above the Peace River valley.He kept at it for years before handing the reigns over to his son, K. Douglas Birley, who expanded the farm, and ran a successful operation mixed with cattle, grain, and hay, according to the province.Advertisement Today, the original Birley homestead land is owned by Sally Birley, Susan Birley and Sandra Gunn.Richard Birley purchased the surrounding land from Douglas Birley in the 1980s, and continues to own it today.The farm earned official organic certified status in 1989, and Richard Birley is also a founding member of the Peace River Organic Producer’s Association, as well as being active in the Certified Organic Associations of BC.Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm presented the Birley’s with their award.Advertisement