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2014 Elite Menís & Womenís Canadian Boxing Championships begins today

Starting today, the pursuit to win the Canadian championship title begins at the 2014 Elite Men’s & Women’s Canadian Boxing Championships. Canada’s future Olympians and reigning champions will go toe to toe when the bell rings starting tonight at 6 p.m. at the Orr Centre in Regina, SK. Today at noon the competition draw happened and 76 male and 45 female boxers, ages 19 and older, learned who their opponents would be in the boxing ring. 


“This is my first elite national championship; I’m very excited and nervous. To calm down, I think about all the hard work I have done to get where I am,” said reigning provincial champion, 60 kg ODile Letellie, representing Quebec. “I want to win, 2013 has been my best year. I have won all the provincial competitions.”


Letellie will box Melika Ben-Yeddder (Quebec) on Wednesday at 1 p.m. with coach, Sebastien Guathier in her corner.


“She has had an amazing year, maybe because of her maturity, she is very passionate, she wants to learn, she understands basics of boxing, and very few boxers do. She has a heart of a lion,” said Gauthier, coach for Team Quebec.


This competition will be historic for Boxing Canada because it will be the first time since 1984 male boxers will not be required to wear head gear in elite men’s competitions, and the new ten point scoring system will be used, replacing the computerized scoring system. The International Boxing Association will evaluate boxers’ head injuries to determine if the technical rule will be applied to elite women’s competitions.


Tickets are on sale and can be purchased here. Limited quantities will be available to purchase at the Orr Centre from October 22-26, 2013. The competition will be web casted on with color and play-by-play commentary. Viewers can watch the preliminary, quarter-final, semi-final, and final bouts for a $9.99 fee per session or a $65 fee to view the entire competition, and a percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Regina Boxing Club.


View the competition draw here:


Session One | Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | 7 p.m.