Anyone going to the Regina Boxing Club’s website is finding this unfortunate message
The club, located on 1400 McIntyre Street, is suspending operations this weekend because they can no longer pay the bills.
The club was established by Ken Goff in 1949. The Ken Goff Memorial Boxing Tournament started in 1994 and was a yearly highlight on Regina’s sporting calendar, but with the closure of the club it means the event will no longer be held. It saw the Canadian national team taking on another nation in an event which was widely anticipated by many in Regina and across Canada as it was considered as one of the premier boxing cards in the country.
Current president George Goff says fundraising is the only way they can keep the doors open, but $100,000 a year is needed and he simply can not do that for a variety of reasons.
Former Regina mayor and long-time member of the Regina boxing community Pat Fiacco used to be in charge of fundraising as he was vice-president of the RBC board, but in November he stepped down from that position.
The closure does not eliminate the sport in Regina as there are still three boxing clubs in the city. Lonsdale, the New-Line Boxing Academy and the Jaguar Boxing Club.
The general manager of the Lonsdale Boxing Club is Frank Fiacco. He is saddened to see the RBC close its doors because it has meant a great deal to him over the years.
“I have very fond memories of my years at the Regina Boxing Club whether it be as a competitor or an official.” Fiacco said. “While some people may come to Lonsdale because of this, this is not a good day. Anytime you lose a choice for an individual it is not a good day and we have lost a boxing location in Regina. It’s a sad day.”