Time to Rise Up, West End Athletic Club Boxers Take the Ring Saturday, September 30th, 2023

Sitting on the edge of the boxing ring inside West End Athletic Club from left to right: Carolyn Redmond, Ryan Rozicki, Coach Stevie Bailey, and Jake Daoust.

From left to right: Carolyn Redmond, Ryan Rozicki, Coach Stevie Bailey, and Jake Daoust.

The road to greatness is not short, and it is not easy. Commitment, determination, an iron will, and pure grit are only a small part of what a fighter needs to be standing in the ring with their arm up in victory. West End Athletic Club is honoured to see these characteristics and more inside their gym every single day. Their Coaches, members, and athletes show up to give nothing less than everything they have.

Ryan Rozicki standing inside a boxing ring at West End Athletic Club.

He says the phrase is overused, but Ryan Rozicki truly believes you must “Kill or be Killed.”

On Saturday, September 30th, 2023, Three Lions Promotions is hosting what is sure to be one of the most talked about fights of the year in a 12-round cruiserweight clash between former world title challenger and WBC #7 Ryan “The Bruiser” Rozicki (18-1-0, 17 KOs) of Sydney, NS, Canada and current WBC NABF Champion, WBC #18 Alante “Bam Bam” Green (10-1-1, 7 KOs) of Cleveland, OH, USA. 

With a potential World Title bout on the line, Rozicki has never felt more in shape and mentally prepared to knock Green out. This is a big fight for Ryan, and his Coach Stevie Bailey doesn’t see anyone pushing 8-rounds with Rocziki unless they are “the elite of the elite.” The Rozicki vs. Green is the NABF Title Main Event at the Hamilton Convention Centre, a face-off that will challenge each Boxer technically, physically, and mentally. West End AC continues to be in Ryan’s corner as he prepares to bring home the title this weekend.

Also on the fight card on Saturday are West End AC athletes Jake Daoust fighting Leonel Castanon in the Super Welterweight division and Carolyn Redmond fighting Jennifer Williams in the women’s Super Welterweight division. In between training sessions, each athlete was able to take a moment to answer a few questions about their personal journey and what might lie ahead for them.

Jake Daoust (5-1-0)

Q: What did you do before boxing, and what made you want to become a professional fighter?

A: I have been boxing since I was 6 years old. My older brother fought, and my grandfather was a professional boxer. My great-grandfather was a professional boxer also, he fought Sugar Ray Robinson in the amateurs. So I kind of feel like it runs in the family.

Coach Stevie Bailey standing beside boxer Jake Daoust inside the ring at West End Athletic Club.

Jake Daoust is grateful to have Coach Stevie in his corner.

Q: What can we expect to see on the night of September 30th?

A: On September 30th, you can expect to see the best version of myself. I had two full training camps for this fight, so I’m hungry for a spectacular win.

Jake Daoust standing inside a boxing ring at West End Athletic Club.

Jake Daoust is ready to take on Leonel Castanon.

Q: How has working with Coach Stevie helped you in boxing?

A: Stevie has basically recreated me as a fighter; he has refined my technique and helped redefine how I fight. I could always hit hard, but Stevie has taught me to sit on my legs, a lot of his Coaching was focused on the fundamentals. Now, I’m hitting harder and boxing much more efficiently. Being a boxing coach is much more than just running a training session. Stevie is a dear friend, a mentor, a boxing coach, and someone I really look up to.

Q: What does this upcoming fight mean for you and your career?

A: This upcoming fight means a lot for me and my career. Every single fight as a professional matters. Each bout gives me more time in the ring to work on my skills, technique, and mental focus to ultimately get me closer to my goal of being a world-class fighter and world champion.

Carolyn Redmond (6-1-0)

Carolyn Redmond standing inside a boxing ring at West End Athletic Club.

Carolyn Redmond believes in herself and is ready to take on Jennifer Williams.

Q: How has working with Coach Stevie helped you in boxing?

A: If it weren’t for Stevie, I wouldn’t even be fighting. He started me with my first amateur fight and has stayed Coaching me now as a pro. Stevie is more than a coach to me; he’s a mentor and a friend. No matter what has happened in the last 10 years, whether it’s boxing or my life, he has always believed in me and pushed me to be better. For that, I am so grateful and lucky. The way he is able to see athletes’ different styles, the way they learn best, and then adjust his training techniques to fit every individual is one of the things that makes him the best coach out there. 

Q: What does this upcoming fight mean for you and your career?

A: This upcoming fight, on September 30th, is another step for me towards getting the opportunity to fight for a Canadian title or a North American title in the near future. It’s a chance for me to continue to showcase my boxing skills and understand the areas I need improvement.

Q: What can we expect to see on the night of September 30th?

A: On September 30th, you can expect to see me put on a show. Everything that I’ve learned and worked on this camp will be executed, I will be stepping into the ring with belief in myself and having fun doing a sport I love.

Q: What did you do before boxing, and what made you want to become a professional fighter?

A: Before boxing, I was into dairy farming and showing cattle. I grew up in New Brunswick and started working on dairy farms and milking cows at the age of 12. I played soccer a lot as a young adult but didn’t start boxing until I was 22.

I became a professional fighter when I knew I had gone as far as I could with my amateur game. I felt I needed a different challenge, to go down a different path, and the pros seemed a natural direction.

Coach Stevie Bailey standing beside boxer Carolyn Redmond inside the ring at West End Athletic Club.

Carolyn Redmond is grateful to Coach Stevie for all of his support.

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