Spider Jones takes a stand

A major amateur boxing tournament, featuring elite Canadian fighters and sanctioned by Boxing Ontario, will take place in Emery Village on November 14.

Former boxer, author, and motivational speaker Spider Jones is creating this event, with support from the Emery Village BIA, hoping to raise money for the Spider Jones non-profit foundation “Believe to Achieve” for at-risk youth. Jones is also known in the area for his after school drop-in centre for kids called Spider’s Web at 160 Chalk Farm Road.

“Our mission is to empower at-risk youth through social programs and positive mentoring,” Jones says.

“A lot of these kids just need an adult to show them some love, care, and understanding…that love may also mean telling them when they are wrong too,” he says. “Boxing is a metaphor for life. When you get knocked down, you come back up. And these kids, some of them, have aggression that needs an outlet. That’s where boxing, and boxing programs that I run come in,” says Jones.

Monies raised at the upcoming black-tie event will send kids to camps and assist in the operation of the non-profit and youth outreach programs. According to Spider Jones, the bouts on the upcoming boxing card will also feature

the best female fighter in Canada, as well as heavyweights,” he says.

The Emery Village Fight for Youth boxing tournament, slated for November 14, will be hosted at the Julius Banquet Centre 2201 Finch Avenue West.

For further details and ticket information please call the Emery Village BIA office at (416) 744-7242.