At 26 years of age, the time is right for Shane Peterec to follow the family path into the ring.
For most of his life, the Oak Bay High grad and current employee of Seaspan Victoria Shipyards has trained out of Peterec’s Gym, run by his father. But until now, the son of former two-time world kickboxing champion Stan Peterec had never stepped in the ring.
“It’s something I always had in the back of my mind, but life comes up and sometimes things get dragged out,” Shane said.
Shane makes his competitive kickboxing debut versus another Victoria first-timer, Marco Zo, one of many amateur boxing and kickboxing fights on the Seasons Beatings fight card, Friday night at Pearkes arena.
Growing up in the Peterec household there was an expectation to train, but not to fight. Somewhere in his early teens, Shane burned out on the gym. He took a break, but returned to it at around 18 years of age and has trained consistently since then.
“Kickboxing isn’t my first passion, but it’s something that, at this age of my life, I feel it’s time to give it a shot,” Shane said. “It’s a personal accomplishment. I may continue, I don’t know.”
Seasons Beatings is also a chance for Saanich’s Lopez brothers to climb back in the ring.
The Reynolds secondary grads are now 20-years-old (they’re twins) and have continued their boxing and mixed martial arts training while working and attending post secondary school.
Peter, who is ranked fourth in B.C.’s Combsport rankings for welterweight (147 pounds), is in the co-main boxing event against Brandon Ross (ranked eighth) for the newly created Vancouver Island Combsport title. Paul is ranked fifth and will box former B.C. title holder Randy Hollett.
“It will be the biggest fights of their careers,” said coach Jason Heit, organizer for the event. “If everything’s going good, and you’re winning, then the next fight is always your biggest, most challenging fight.”
In the other boxing co-headliner is local athlete Mitch Demone in a non-title fight against Buneet Bisla, the provincial light heavyweight (175 pounds) champion.
The kickboxing main event features Victoria veteran of the fight scene Greg Lamothe vs. Chris Macmillon.
Larz Larson will face James Sebuyana for a Canadian kickboxing title. Also fighting in the kickboxing portion of the card are Victoria’s Tim Packer vs. Bruce Tran and Landon Larson vs. John Kutz.
The boxing card will feature Brandon Colantonio vs. Dan Baxter and Mitch Strazella vs. Clay Potter. The only women’s bout of the night is Terris Smith of Victoria vs. Angela Cantarutti of Gibsons.
Tickets are available at Peterec’s Gym, Suits U Athletics (942 Fort St.) and online at http://victoriaticket.ca/item/288-seasons-beatings.
Doors open at 6 p.m., fights at 7 p.m.