Safety is the number one priority in amateur boxing with many steps to go through before being allowed to fight and then even during a match, with a ringside physician having the final say over whether the bout should be stopped.
That from the president of the amateur association Boxing Saskatchewan after news in the professional boxing world of Tim Hague dying 2 days after his fight in Edmonton.
A few weeks earlier, David Whittom received a brain hemorrhage after a match in Fredericton.
Saskatoon fighter Gary Kopas beat him by a technical knockout.
Scott Hubic says there is heartfelt sadness and empathy and it is a gut check moment for athletes and officials, but he believes that amateur boxing in Canada is much safer than professional boxing, and even safer than many other sports like hockey or football.
The safety rules are similar for both amateur and professional boxing, but Hubic believes because there is money on the line, there is much more pressure from all sides on keeping the event going.