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In 2018, while Noel Harding was at the highest point in his athletic career, undefeated and preparing for a match in Mexico, he was also at the lowest in his professional career as he learned that his gym in Brandon, Manitoba was in flames. Leading up to his fight against Gilberto Valadez, his phone was lighting up with messages and photos updating him on the severity of the fire.
Although he won his match that day, he lost the battle as his gym was turned to ash. The building along with thousands of dollars worth of equipment were lost in the flames. Noel and the Brandon Boxing Club had to start over from the very beginning. With nowhere to go and the scorching sun coming down onto the blacktop, Noel and his athletes began training in the parking lot next to the rubble.