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.