The GOODS from Pidgin
Vancouver, BC | Guy Roland vs Brandon Grossutti — two well known Gastown figures who have had the pugilistic arts play a big role in their formative years are set to square off at the 8th annual Aprons for Gloves Restaurant Rumble on August 20th in the main card starting at 7pm.
You can expect a great fight, as these two fighters are well-versed in the world of boxing. They also match up incredibly well with Roland being a skilled brawler with a wicked left hook and an elusive chin, while Grossutti is a defensive counter-puncher with sniper like accuracy. These two know how to take a punch, so expect a very entertaining fight.
Guy Roland has been involved with Aprons for Gloves since their inaugural year. His visceral fight photos and his iconic fighter portraits over the past 7 years, have shown his passion for the event and its people. In 2018 he published a landmark book on the history of Aprons titled Blood, Sweat & Beers, with co-writer and two time Aprons contender Laura Starr. He began boxing at 11 years old when he found himself drawn to the sport; the self-discipline and motivation he gained through it continue to serve him to this day.
Brandon Grossutti is the owner of PiDGiN and his history with Aprons for Gloves also runs deep. Through PiDGiN, he has sponsored four fighters — Nelson Navasero, Julia Comu (two-time fighter), Meego Yassin and Jay Senetchko — to participate in this great cause, and now he gets to to showcase his love of boxing in the ring. Experiencing bullying at a young age, he took up boxing as a means of self-defence, but the incredible benefits of having strong male role models in a disciplined pursuit helped him navigate through his adolescence.
Aprons for Gloves aims to do this for Vancouver’s youth, providing a positive environment for kids and teens on the Eastside to learn life lessons while channeling their emotions and energy into a productive passion.
Join us on Sunday, August 11th at 7 pm at Back and Forth Bar in Gastown for their official Aprons for Gloves fundraiser — all of the proceeds will go to help Aprons for Gloves continue to provide programming for underprivileged youth. Can’t make it? Support these two fighters by donating to their Fundrazr.