By Gord Bowes, News staff
It may not be the Thrilla in Manilla, but you could call it the Throwdown in Steeltown.
Store owner Trevor Graham and lawyer Jasper Kujavsky will be facing each other during the Fight for the Cure charity event on Nov. 9 at the Hamilton Convention Centre.
The two men are taking part in one of the “celebrity” matches planned for the evening. There are also several amateur boxing matches on the card.
While their bout is being billed as a celebrity match, Graham and Kujavsky say they are taking it seriously. They don’t want to hurt each other, but they won’t be pulling their punches either.
The two men train at Steeltown Boxing Club on the east Mountain. This will be the first fight for either man.
Graham, who owns Ancaster Cycle, says he probably would not have stepped into the ring if it wasn’t for a good cause.
He’s been training at Steeltown for about a year, mostly to increase his fitness, not learn how to box.
“I want to win, Jasper wants to win … we respect each, but step into the ring — we both want to win,” says Graham, 49, who stands 5’ 10” and weighs about 175 pounds.
No matter the result, the two friends plan to have a steak dinner after the fight to show there are no hard feelings.
While Graham says it will probably be his only fight, Kujavsky, 54, says he is pursuing his boxing referee and judge licences. He says he’s wanted to box since he was a boy and is a huge fan.
“I just wanted to have the feeling once in my life to feel what it’s like to be led out to the ring,” says the lawyer who stands 5’8 1/2” and weighs in around 165 pounds.
The Fight for the Cure is held each year in memory of Robbie Wilcox, son of Steeltown founder Bob Wilcox. Robbie died from cancer at age 7.
Proceeds from the night go to Camp Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre.
Tickets for Fight for the Cure are $20 for general admission to the fights and $1,000 for a table of eight for the entire evening.They can be purchased at steeltownboxing.ca or at the Steeeltown Boxing Club’s gym at 1521 Upper Ottawa St., unit 9.