Special to Bullet News
Welland Napper’s Boxing Club is holding an amateur card April 5 at the Royal Canadian Legion.
Sierra Picton and Starr Jackman, who became fan favourites at the recent Ontario championships, are expected to box on the hometown card.
Other Napper hopefuls include undefeated and three-time Brampton cup champ Todd Napper, Julia Dimarcatonio, Tyler Pouli, Andy Tober, Hailie Herbert, Cathy Edgecombe, David Calix and Brandon Dilts.
Out of town clubs to appear on the card include Irwins, St. Catharines, McGrorys, Steel Town and Niagara Falls.
The Napper Club was established in 1919 by the late Robert Napper. The club disbanded in 1939 with the start of the second World War. It was reorganized in 1948 by Bob Napper. In the early 50s the club closed again until 1977 when Ray Sr. brought it back to life “to provide local kids with something to do, keep them off the streets and be a friend to them.”
Over the years Napper’s Boxing Club gave and still gives boys and girls a place to channel their energy and aggression. An accomplished coach whose involvement in the sport spanned over 40 years, Napper became a two-time Olympic coach.
After Ray’s sudden passing in 1995, his son Jeff Napper took over the role of head coach along with assistance from friend Greg Black, brother in-law Peter Dwolinsky and club president Kevin Belenchuk. And now, the club is under the supervision of Ray Napper Jr.
“I’m not half the coach he was” says Ray Jr. of his namesake. “But I try to create the same atmosphere”.
Ticket information for April’s event can be obtained by e-mailing email@example.com or by coming to the club at 30 Park Street between 6-8 p.m. on Mondays, Wedesdays and Thursdays