A local boxer is poised to represent Canada on the international stage.
19-year-old Surrey native Eric Basran was one of seven boxers chosen to represent Canada at the upcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.
It’s been an incredible year for Basran, who has won multiple bouts and made a strong impression on both the national and international stage.
In April, he was crowned national champion in the elite-men 56 kg category, after beating Kevin Chauvette and Thomas Bloomenfeld during the national championships in Quebec City.
After that in May, Basran competed in his first international fight, beating a Cuban boxer in a unanimous decision. He kept his international record perfect in September when he won another fight by unanimous decision against a Mexican boxer.
Basran also won gold at the 2017 Oregon Golden Gloves boxing tournament.
Now, he looks to put his new-found international success to the test in what would be the biggest boxing event of his young career.
Canada has traditionally performed well at the Commonwealth Games. During 2014 in Glasgow, three Canadians brought home medals in boxing.
Basran will be a part of the team that looks to match or better that total when the Canadian team travels to Gold Coast, Australia in April.