TEAM UNITED coaching staff
All United Boxing Club Coaches believe in a pay it forward system, and work on a volunteer basis and donate their skills and knowledge in boxing for the betterment of the members. Our coaches help create an amazing atmosphere at United where everyone works toward the same goals: (1) learning the sport of boxing; (2) getting in shape; and (3) having fun.
All UBC Coaches and Instructors are required to have:
Up to date Emergency First Aid, AED and CPR training
Up to date Vulnerable Persons and Child Abuse Registry checks
Membership in good standing with Boxing Canada and Boxing Manitoba
RYAN SAVAGE – PRESIDENT & HEAD COACH, United Boxing Club Inc.
Ryan Savage is one of the most decorated Olympic style boxers this province has ever produced. He is a 3 time National Boxing Champion and was a member of the Canadian National Boxing Team for 7 years, retiring in 2003. He has competed in over 160 bouts, including more than 40 international competitions in 12 countries around the world. Most notably, he represented Canada in the 2000 Olympics Game Qualifier, 2001 World Boxing Championships, 2001 Francophone Games and the 2002 Commonwealth Games. As a carded athlete, Ryan had 7 years of university, including a law degree, fully funded by the federal government.
Ryan is now a Level 3 NCCP certified coach, Past President of Boxing Canada and has coached at all levels of the sport including the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Ryan is the Head Coach and President of United Boxing Club Inc.
BRANDT BUTT - HEAD COACH
As a member of Canada’s National Team, amateur boxing has brought Brandt to places like England, Venezuela, India and Germany. On top of his national and international experience, his boxing credentials include multiple Provincial Championships and a Ringside World Championship nearing the accomplishments of his coach, Ryan Savage. A graduate of the University of Manitoba, School of Business, Finance Program, he has been involved in boxing since he was 16 years of age. Experience, hard training and ring savvy and a willingness to learn have turned this southpaw into a feared opponent for any boxer in his weight class.Brandt is the Co-Founder and Head Coach of Rock Steady Boxing Winnipeg, a non-contact boxing program specifically designed to work with individuals with Parkinson’s disease, which not only gets them more physically active, but empowers each participant to get motivated to fight back against Parkinson’s disease.
PHIL NATIVIDAD - COMPETITIVE TEAM MANAGER
Phil became active in boxing after volunteering at the 1999 Pan Am Games boxing venue. Starting out as an official with hundreds of bouts judged, he eased into coaching and has been an active member of Manitoba Amateur Boxing Association. A Level 3 NCCP certified coach and Learning Facilitator, highlights of Phil’s coaching career include being manager at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax, coaching at several Ringside World Championships as well as the inaugural Canadian Golden Gloves and the organization of several Manitoba Golden Gloves competitions.
GILLIAN REID-McLEAN - Operations Manager
Gillian has been associated with United Boxing Club since 2011 when her son, Chase, began boxing at just 10 years old. In 2014, Gillian also started boxing to get a better understanding and appreciation for the sport and club that had shaped her son's life. Once she started, Gillian loved the uniqueness of the training and the welcoming atmosphere of United Boxing Club. Gillian is now an instructor with United Boxing, a Level 4 Referee/Judge Official with Boxing Manitoba and held the position of Chief Official of Manitoba.
VITALIY ROMANKOV - COACH
Vitaliy possesses a wealth of technical boxing knowledge and joined United Boxing via the amateur boxing hotbed Kazakhstan – he came up through the ranks at the same Karaganda city boxing gym as world champ Gennady Golovkin! After completing his athletic career as a national level boxer and kickboxer in his native country, Vitaliy trained youth boxers, including several elite level female boxers to Asia regional championships. He has been able to translate his knowledge as a competitor and high level coach to training athletes at United. Did you know he was one of UBC alumnus and Ultimate Fighter Champion Brad Katona’s striking coaches prior to his move from Winnipeg to SBG Ireland?
ALLEX DELA CRUZ
AJ DELA PAZ