An international student is getting front-row access to the world of boxing this week.
Denis Kypr, a Grade 11 student at Sydney Academy, is originally from Brno, Czech Republic, the second largest city in the country located just over 200 km southeast of the capital city of Prague. He’s in his second year at the school and is enrolled in the international baccalaureate program.
His host dad, Scott Covey, saw a post on Facebook looking for someone to translate from Czech to English for boxer Vladimir Reznicek of Prague. Reznicek is taking on Ryan Rozicki of Sydney Forks in the main event of the Valentine’s Day Massacre fight card at Centre 200 tonight.
Kypr was more than happy to answer the call.
“To just see the world of boxing in general, it’s a great opportunity and a great experience overall,” said the 17-year-old Kypr, who helped translate Reznicek’s interview answers on stage during a press conference on Wednesday at Centre 200.
Kypr helped out the Reznicek camp at the press conference and at Thursday’s weigh-ins. He will also be at the ready when needed at the fight tonight at Centre 200.
Getting to socialize with some of his countrymen gave Kypr a taste of home as well.
“It’s a long time for me to be gone, so it’s nice to talk your own language with other people here,” he said. “It feels nice.”
Covey said it was nice to see Kypr get to experience this week’s festivities.
“In this local, small area, we don’t have a lot of people from the Czech Republic,” said Covey of Coxheath. “For Denis, although he has a lot of Canadian and international friends, it was an opportunity to meet some more of his countrymen and be involved.”
Covey and his family have been involved in the Nova Scotia International Program for the past seven years, an organization that introduces international students to Canadian education. They have hosted students both in the short and long term.
Kypr will graduate from Sydney Academy next year.
“He enjoys the area,” Covey said of Kypr. “A lot of students come here because of the smaller environment; they come from larger centres. It’s a great program and we love being involved. Our son (nine-year-old) Owen enjoys meeting all these house brothers.”
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