Bob Tichkowsky – Builder
Bob Tichkowsky started in the sport of boxing at age 10 under the tutelage of Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame member Tut Coombs along with Tom Settee and Jerry Walker. Tichkowsky represented Canada in the Junior Olympics before his boxing career was cut short due to injury prior to the Olympic Trials in 1976.
Tichkowsky then focused on forming his own clubs, the Tut Coombs Boxing Club in 1986 assisted by Garth Garipy, followed by the KO Combination Club. In 2010 the boxing club was renamed the Tom Settee Boxing Club in honour of the long time professional fighter and member of the Canadian and PA Sports Halls of Fame, Tom Settee. Through thirty years of coaching whether it be Coombs, Wild Cats, KO Combination or Tom Settee, Bob Tichkowsky has enjoyed working with young athletes, keeping them off the streets and giving them hope, while preaching discipline.
A National amateur coach since 1992, Tichkowsky has produced top level competitors out of Prince Albert for many years. No less than 8 Golden Gloves champions and 46 Saskatchewan Champions, including 12 in 1989, have trained under Tichkowsky.
Jason Page, Richard Caron, Benji Campbell and Donnie & Billy Osler are among the top fighters to train under Tichkowsky. Campbell and Donnie Osler took part in the 1992 Canadian Championships in St. John’s, Newfoundland where they were accompanied by their Prince Albert coach. Osler won bronze while Campbell placed fourth.
Tichkowsky also coached Wayne Caron to the Canadian Championships in 1987 where he fought Chris Johnson, who went on to win a bronze in the 1992 Olympics for Canada.
Sheldon Tichkowsky, Bob’s son, won a Silver Gloves title in Edmonton in 2008 and has followed in his father’s footsteps as a professional boxing coach.
Tichkowsky continues as coach of the Settee Club producing up and coming professional boxers like Ian Abbott who won his first professional fight in February, 2016 in Saskatoon, co-coached by Sheldon Tichkowsky.
Tichkowsky has coached for almost thirty years with Braddock Koch, who was inducted into the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. He also has been assisted by Blake Edwards for over 20 years.
Bob Tichkowsky has had a tremendous effect on many youth through his coaching of boxing and is a member of the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame as a builder.