It's not often you see two guys you know on the front page of the newspaper. Apparently, Michael Walchuk is fighting tomorrow, and he's got a shot at becoming Waterloo Region's first Canadian pro boxing title holder since Fitz Vanderpool in 1996.

After a fling with pro fighting, a discouraged Walchuk walked away from the sport for a couple years.

Then one day, he landed on the doorstep of Keith Vanderpool's youngest brother in Kitchener in search of a trainer.

Longtime friends, Walchuk was once Syd Vanderpool's sparring partner.

"I could've approached him a couple years ago about working together, but Michael wasn't ready," said Syd, a former world middleweight champ.

TheRecord.com - Sports - The Second Chance Kid: Walchuk takes a shot at Canadian title


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