Surrey’s Aman Aujla (right) goes toe-to-toe against Eduardo Valencia Aguilar during the Thrilla at the Villa boxing event last month in Burnaby. (Ben Ownens photo)

Surrey boxers in ring at Thrilla at the Villa event

Event was first-ever pro boxing card in Burnaby, organizers say

A pair of Surrey boxers were part of the card at last month’s inaugural The Thrilla at the Villa, which organizers called the first-ever professional boxing event to take place in Burnaby.

The event took place May 24 at the Grand Villa Casino, and featured Surrey’s J.Y. Kim – B.C.’s former super-middleweight champion – stepping into the ring with Jesus Manuel Beltran, and Aman Aujla squaring off against Eduardo Valencia Aguilar.

Kim’s bout ended in a draw, while Aujla – whose first professional fight was last year in Langley – defeated Aguilar.

“Bringing an event like this to Burnaby for the first time is so important for our community and our local athletes,” said Anna Farrant, co-founder of Vancouver boxing studio All City Athletics and also co-founder of Alliance Boxing Promotions.

– Nick Greenizan

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