New generation of male Canadian champions emerges in Regina
Canada’s ten best male amateur boxers earned the Canadian championship title at the 2014 Elite Men's & Women's Canadian Boxing Championships. Evan Gillard (49kg), Emilien Boucher (52kg), Francois Pratte (56kg), David Gauthier (60kg), Zsolt Daranyi (64kg), Steven Butler (69kg), Jan-Michael Poulin (75kg), Richard MacDonald (81kg), Paul Ramussen (91kg), and Vanessa Lepage-Jaonisse (81+kg). The Canadian champions will compete in the Final Team Selection in Quebec City, QC, November 18-23, 2013 to join the Canadian National A Team, and compete at major international tournaments, including the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland.
“This was my first bout against Rodolfo Velasquez. He has my respect, he is a great boxer. I won this championship with my jab and putting in the the plan we had put together with my coaches before the bout into the boxing ring,” said Francois Pratte, who defeated reigning champion Velasquez, to become a three-time Canadian champion. Pratte was awarded the Most Outstanding Male Boxer and is also a two-time youth Canadian champion.
Evan Gillard went toe-to-toe for the seventh time against contender Praise Tondo and won the bout in a unanimous 3-0 decision. “I have boxed Praise seven times, but this time was different. He had more power in his punches. It is the first time I went down and hit the canvas in a bout. That has never happened to me before. I heard my corner tell me to stay there and wait for the eight count, so I did and then I got my focus back and won my bout.
The 2014 Canadian champions are the first generation of elite men to compete without headgear since 1984. The International Boxing Association implemented changes to the technical rules in March, 2013, which also included use of the ten-point scoring system.
“Our boxers have adjusted extremely well to boxing without headgear and to the ten point scoring system. It made for one of the most competitive and exciting national championships in years,” said Pat Fiacco, Boxing Canada president.
Boxing Canada proudly recognizes Brandt Group of Companies as a major sponsor. Regina Boxing Club proudly recognizes Tourism Saskatchewan, Regina Hotel Association and SGI Canada as sponsors for the 2014 Men’s and Women’s Elite Canadian Championships.
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