Photos: Vancouver’s Night of Fights packs a punch in its return

‘People were going nuts’ as the boxing gala returned to the Italian Cultural Center for the first event in two years

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The Night of Fights returned to the ring at Italian Cultural Center on Nov. 17 after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic and organizer Manny Sobral is calling it one of the best-ever incarnations of the longtime amateur boxing event.

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Night of Fights debuted in 1982, the brainchild of George Angelomatis and Jack Duke of the Astoria Boxing Club. It’s had a pair of two-year breaks from action since then, the first coming in 2010-11 when Angelomatis fell ill. Sobral, the 1988 Canadian Olympic boxer who had been coached by Angelomatis coming through the ranks, helped spearhead its return in 2012.

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“People were going nuts. There was so much cheering and yelling. It was the most vibrant I’ve seen it since probably the 1980s, when I was boxing in it,” Sobral said of the estimated crowd of 700 at Thursday’s event. “Everyone got really into it, and all that the cheering led to the boxers responding with their best performances.

“I had all sorts of people coming up to me to say how much they missed it and how glad they were that it was back.”

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In the main event, Gowthan Mohan of Rain City Boxing scored a split decision victory over Gerome Macalalag of Diaz Combat Sports in a lightweight (132 pounds) fight.

People reconnect at the beginning of Night of Fights boxing gala at Vancouver's Italian Cultural Center on Nov. 17, 2022.
People reconnect at the beginning of Night of Fights boxing gala at Vancouver’s Italian Cultural Center on Nov. 17, 2022. Photo by Arlen Redekop /PNGs
Night of Fights' boxing gala at Vancouver's Italian Cultural Centre.
Night of Fights’ boxing gala at Vancouver’s Italian Cultural Centre. Photo by Arlen Redekop /PNGs
Night of Fights boxing gala at Vancouver's Italian Cultural Centre.
Night of Fights boxing gala at Vancouver’s Italian Cultural Centre. Photo by Arlen Redekop /PNGs
MCJimmy Crescenzo talks to the crowd during Night of Fights boxing gala.
MCJimmy Crescenzo talks to the crowd during Night of Fights boxing gala. Photo by Arlen Redekop /PNGs
Boxers Jacob Illichmann (in red) and Kai Sommers (in blue) during Night of Fights boxing gala.
Boxers Jacob Illichmann (in red) and Kai Sommers (in blue) during Night of Fights boxing gala. Photo by Arlen Redekop /PNGs
Coach JY Kim yells instructions during Night of Fights boxing gala.
Coach JY Kim yells instructions during Night of Fights boxing gala. Photo by Arlen Redekop /PNGs
A ring girl announces Round 2 during Night of Fights boxing gala.
A ring girl announces Round 2 during Night of Fights boxing gala. Photo by Arlen Redekop /PNGs
Boxers Jacob Illichmann (in red) and Kai Sommers (in blue) during Night of Fights boxing gala.
Boxers Jacob Illichmann (in red) and Kai Sommers (in blue) during Night of Fights boxing gala. Photo by Arlen Redekop /PNGs
Boxers Jacob Illichmann (in red) and Kai Sommers (in blue) during Night of Fights boxing gala.
Boxers Jacob Illichmann (in red) and Kai Sommers (in blue) during Night of Fights boxing gala. Photo by Arlen Redekop /PNGs
Boxers Jacob Illichmann (in red) and Kai Sommers (in blue) after Sommers defeated Illichmann during Night of Fights boxing gala.
Boxers Jacob Illichmann (in red) and Kai Sommers (in blue) after Sommers defeated Illichmann during Night of Fights boxing gala. Photo by Arlen Redekop /PNGs

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