Boxing Challenge: Week 1 of 12 – Commitment

The Melee Gala is a premier boxing gala event and one of the most unique and exciting corporate charity fundraisers in the province. Established in 2013 by United Boxing Club, the Melee Gala seeks to showcase the many benefits of Olympic style boxing, while also raising awareness and financial support for great charitable causes in our community.” Read more here

Melee 2015 – courtesy of United Boxing

alpha house

This year, the Melee VI will feature sanctioned international bouts between Team Canada and Team Puerto Rico. There will also be bouts on the card between white collar participants, who undertake a 12-week training camp with United Boxing. All revenues generated for this event will be donated to Alpha House, a year-long program that supports women and children leaving abusive relationships. Alpha House provides safe and affordable housing, counselling, advocacy, activities for the children and families, and any other supports.

Caleb holding a Week #1 sign

Caleb Shyjak, one of the owners of MG Services, has registered as one of the white collar participants for this year’s card. He will take part in a 12-week training program with 17 other applicants, starting this week. His commitment includes training 3 days a week at United Boxing, plus 4+ days a week of roadwork and other activities to increase his cardio fitness, endurance, flexibility, and other skills to benefit him in the ring. He has started to build his schedule for Week 1 and has the support of his wife and business partner, Muriel Torchia Shyjak, who enjoys healthy eating and fitness activities.


The Dictionary definition of commitment interestingly evokes both positive and negative connotations:

  1. the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.

“the company’s commitment to quality”

synonyms: dedication, devotion, allegiance, loyalty, faithfulness, fidelity

2. an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action.

“business commitments”

synonyms: responsibility, obligation, duty, tie, liability

One’s feelings on commitment is all in the eye of the beholder – dedication vs obligation, loyalty vs contract, devotion vs promise. For example, while some people see marriage as a terrifying legally binding exchanging of vows, others see it as a meaningful engagement into living a life loyal to someone they love. Some people aren’t comfortable committing to attending an event, in case something better comes up later. Others like being able to commit to attending, knowing that their plans are now made and look forward to attending. The promise can be either fulfilling or suffocating, depending on your view of commitment.

Commitment in business is an important component necessary for providing excellent customer service and is something that MG Services will provide, on every project.

Check back weekly for updates on Caleb’s training schedule, progress, and chatting about the different qualities needed to make a champion, and a leader in business.