Published On: 3rd February 2016
Dashon Johnson with his California State and WBA NABA US titles.

Dashon Johnson with his California State and WBA NABA US titles. (photo credit E.Sapiro)


On Friday May 13th 2016, Nanaimo based Gloved Up Promotions will present the second installment of their professional boxing series ‘Rumble at the Rink’ at Frank Crane Arena. It will be their third presentation of prize fighting in the last 18 months and, though in the early stages of preparation, it could prove to be the most exciting card yet.

Current WBA NABA US super middleweight champion, and local fan favorite, Dashon ‘Flyboy’ Johnson will return to Nanaimo following his tremendous comeback story that began at the inaugural ‘Rumble at the Rink’. That night he dropped tough journeyman Chris Aucoin twice en route to a unanimous decision victory. Following that fight, Johnson headed into a bout with Elias Espadas (9-1) and, again, dropped his man twice on his way to securing the California State title at 154 pounds.

In November, he punctuated the year with a dramatic and devastating knockout of once-beaten and highly touted Mike Gavronski (20-1) in his hometown of Tacoma,WA., at the Emerald Queen Casino. Avenging a previous decision loss, Johnson captured the WBA NABA US super middleweight title. He again scored victory earlier this year when he returned to Tacoma and produced a smart decision victory over extremely hard-hitting Izaak Cardona (14-3).

“It’s great to have Dashon returning. We have a great relationship with him and it is one with mutual appreciation of what one does for the other. He’s been on a roll, and he feels, and we feel too, that we helped give him a little nudge,” said promoter Terry Strawson “He scored two knockdowns in his last fight here but people are going to see a truly world class fighter this time around. His confidence is through the roof and we’re going to put together a big fight, for not only him, but for the fans too.”

Also, already slated for action is Marquice Weston. A towering, undefeated cruiserweight with his sights set on emulating his Uncle, and former WBA world champion, Johnny Bumphus. Weston, now 6-0-1, is 6 foot 7 inches tall and already holds victories over respectable opposition. In his last fight, a victory over Israel Duffus (7-2), Weston suffered a fractured jaw, yet still managed to box and bang his way to victory.

“Weston is an interesting prospect, his size alone dictates he is a handful for most, but he can box too. He likes to move and use his jab, but he can get dragged in to a fight too, which is good for the fans,” chuckled Strawson “He done well in the amateurs and only missed out on an Olympic berth by losing to the eventual Olympian. I am excited to have him here and his manager Nathaniel Glenn has been amazing to work with.”

The undercard is yet to be announced but stay tuned to or visit us on Facebook and Instagram to learn more in the coming weeks. We would like to thank our sponsors Trend Diesel, Mazzei Electric and Old City Stn. Pub for their continued support of professional boxing in BC.

Ticket information will be announced shortly.