Local fighters step up at second ‘Banger in the Hanger’

Bluewater Boxing Club coach Chuck Evans gives a mid-round pep talk to Kyle McRae during an invitational boxing meet at Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport. McRae lost the fight but his twin brother Connor McRae won a unanimous decision. Troy Shantz

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During the “Banger in the Hanger” the only thing that flew out of Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport were uppercuts and rights — and a few towels.

Bluewater boxer Mandy Taylor faces Julie Dimarcantino at the Chris Hadfield International Airport held event. The daughter of Sarnia boxing legend Tim Taylor defeated Dimarcantino in a unanimous decision. Troy Shantz

Six local fighters won their matches at Bluewater Boxing Club’s 2nd annual meet on July 20.

Eight city fighters entered the ring erected inside the airport’s Badger Hangar and squared off against boxers from across Ontario as well as Scotland’s Greenock Boxing Club.

The Taylor name was featured in two bouts, with both Mandy Taylor and son Dylan Taylor securing victories.

Bluewater boxer Kyle McRae lands a punch to the chin of opponent Paul Reid. Troy Shantz

Mandy Taylor, who was watched closely in the crowd by her father and local boxing legend Tim Taylor, was entering the ring for the first time in years.

She landed a flurry of clean punches to defeat an opponent from Welland, Ont.

Dylan Taylor managed to control Scottish fighter Dylan Wallace and won by unanimous decision in the main event.

Sarnia Police officer Steve Wyville also pulled out a win for Bluewater, as did fighters Connor McRae, Nicole Drury and Nick Lord.

It’s never OK to strike a police officer, unless, of course, you’re in the ring. Brantford boxer George Cabral had that rare opportunity against Sarnia Police Const. Steve Wyville, left, but Wyville got his man — defeating Cabral in a split decision.
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