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Phoenix Rising: Ontario’s Mike McWilliams fighting to make a name for himself in Alberta

An alberta based boxing prospect will step in the ring for his tenth professional bout this Friday, June 16 at the Shaw Conference Center in downtown Edmonton. Undefeated light welterweight Mike McWilliams (6-0-3, 2 KOs) will take on an old sparring partner, Flavio Michel (4-2, 2 KOs).

“It’s an important fight, like all my others,” McWilliams said this week. “I know Flavio [Michel] very well and I know what to expect from him. I see this opportunity as a chance to get into the Canadian boxing rankings.”

After 36 rounds of professional action over the last four years, the Orangeville, Ontario born charge realizes to be successful in boxing it may sometimes mean facing a friend.

“I have learned since turning professional, that boxing brings out the truth. As my record shows, I have had a couple fights where I wasn’t focused enough. I was the far more talented fighter but I didn’t put my full effort into training camp, and it showed in my fight. You can’t half step in this sport.” McWilliams added.

After fighting his first two bouts in Quebec and Ontario, McWilliams made the toughest decision of his life to leave his family and head over 3000 km from home.

“Being away from my family is perhaps the most difficult thing I’ve had to do. It’s the most heartbreaking decision I have ever made,” the 23-year-old boxer admitted. “Boxing is hard, not much money to be made in the beginning and it’s a full time job. Like I said earlier, you can’t half step in this sport. Keeping a balance between work and my passion of fighting has been difficult, but it’s my main focus. The goal is still the same, to become a world champion. I miss my family like crazy, but I talk to them every day and they are fully behind me.”

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